Ella M. Backes(1933 - 2014)

Ella M. Backes, 80

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Feb. 11, 1933 ~ Jan. 7, 2014

Ella M. Backes, 80, of St. Cloud passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Ridgeview Place in Sauk Rapids. Ella fought a courageous battle with cancer. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held to celebrate Ella and her husband Gene's lives at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Reverend Mark Innocenti will officiate. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and also from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Parish prayers will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ella was born on February 11, 1933 in Albany, Minnesota to the late Joseph and Christine (Kalla) Schunk. She graduated from Albany High School and moved to St. Cloud. She married Eugene Backes on October 15, 1955 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Ella created a loving and happy home for her husband and five daughters. She was employed at Fingerhut, retiring after 17 years. She was a member of St. Michael's Parish in St. Cloud.
Ella loved to travel, was an excellent seamstress and above all treasured time with her family and grandchildren. Ella's kind heart and warm and beautiful smile will always be remembered.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Backes of Phoenix, AZ, Terri Backes (Mike Lindgren) of Cumberland, WI, Bonnie (Ron) Stock of St. Cloud, Nancy Backes of Maplewood, Amy (Jeff) Rowe of Rosemount; grandchildren, Jordan, Matt and Kayla Stock, Kelly and Doug Rowe; and sisters, Rita (Irvin) Lilly and Ruth (Tom) Danielson.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Allen; sisters, Dolores Fischer and Betty Schunk; and infant sister, Julianna.
Ella's family would like to thank Ridgeview Place and St. Croix Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

Funeral Home

Daniel Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1010 North Second Street St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 251-0383

Published in the St. Cloud Times on Feb. 11, 2014