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Geraldine Harbarth, 81, of Hutchinson

Geraldine Olga Harbarth, 81, of Hutchinson, formerly of Brownton, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 26, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. R. Allan Reed officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist, and congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “O, God, Our Help in Ages Past.”
Casket bearers were Mark Harbarth, David Harbarth, Scott Harbarth, Blair Raitz, Korey Peik and Kyle Peik. Honorary casket bearers were Tracy Luthens, Amber Raitz, Noah Raitz and great-grandchildren. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Geraldine Olga Harbarth was born June 5, 1933, at her parents’ home in Round Grove Township, McLeod County. She was the daughter of Arthur and Alma (Bielke) Duenow. She was baptized as an infant on June 18, 1933, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth in 1947 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. She received her education at a country school.
On Nov. 5, 1950, she was united in marriage to Willard Harbarth by the Rev. R.W. Koepp at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Dale, Barbara and Kay. The Harbarths resided in and farmed in Penn Township, McLeod County. They shared 49 years of marriage before Mr. Harbarth’s death on Jan. 23, 2000. Mrs. Harbarth later moved to Hutchinson.
She was a loving wife, mother, homemaker and partner in the farming operation. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton.
Mrs. Harbarth enjoyed quilting, tending to her gardens on the farm, going to garage sales, flea markets and casinos. She also enjoyed baking and cooking for her family and friends, and helping with the farm animals. She and her husband loved traveling and spending winters in Mesa, Ariz. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
When she needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Harmony River Living Center on Feb. 8, 2013.
She is survived by her children, Dale Harbarth of Hutchinson, Barbara Raitz of Hector and Kay Peik of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Amber Raitz of Hollywood, Calif., Tracy (Brian) Luthens of Hector, Noah Raitz of Marshall, Blair Raitz and Beth Ruskamp of Bloomington, Korey (Amanda) Peik of Brownton, Kyle (Crystal) Peik of Hutchinson, David (Sarah) Harbarth of Hutchinson, Mark Harbarth and Miranda of Hutchinson, and Scott Harbarth of Littleton, Colo.; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ordella Hahn of Gaylord, Gloria Meyer of New Ulm and Karen (Eldon) Diehn of Fairfax; sister-in-law, Leona Harbarth of Hutchinson; many other neighbors and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Alma Duenow; husband, Willard Harbarth; daughter-in-law, Lilas Harbarth; brothers, Orville Duenow and Gordon Duenow; sisters, Lavonne Duenow and Eldora (Ervin) Patzold; and brothers-in-law, Raymond Harbarth, Gordon Hahn and Roger Meyer.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.