Ella M. Backes

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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. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Ella was born on February 11, 1933 in Albany, Minnesota to 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 smile will always be remembered.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Gene; 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 of Rochester and Ruth (Tom) Danielson of Garvin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 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.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 8, 2014
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