Dorothea J. Backlund
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Backlund, Dorothea J. NEW BALTIMORE Dorothea J. Backlund passed away on May 12, 2020, in the home she made with her husband Nils on their beloved Hudson River. Caring, funny, intelligent and confident, she brought joy wherever she went. Her fun-loving nature was captivating and she made every experience more interesting and enjoyable for those around her. She encouraged everyone to see the beauty in nature and people. A florist and entrepreneur, she owned and operated the Windflower shop with her sister Aleta for 15 years. As an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, she volunteered at Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and the annual fair and she contributed to the activities of the Cornell Hook and Ladder Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary. To her accomplished husband Nils, she was a tireless partner and an integral part of his success. To her children and grandchildren, she was a role model, a friend and an endless source of love. Dorothea leaves us all with a legacy of love and laughter. We are all better human beings simply by having had her in our lives. Every day we thank God for the blessing of being her family. Dorothea was predeceased by her loving husband Nils Backlund. Survivors include her children, Peter (Debora) Backlund and Stacey (Mark) Gallagher; grandchildren, Peter Backlund, Jr., Matthew (Laura) Backlund, Kristin (Ryan Kittle) Backlund, Jason and Meghan Gallagher; great-granddaughter, Sophia Banks; siblings, Robert Whitbeck Jr., Phebe Archibald and Aleta (Bill) Lyons. Dorothea was predeceased by her sisters, Jacqueline Bleau and Marilyn Anderson. A private graveside service will be held for the family at Chestnut Lawn Cemetery with a celebration of life in the future. The family would like you to consider, in lieu of flowers, a contribution in memory of Dorothea to the Grace United Methodist Church, 16 Hillcrest Drive, Ravena, NY 12143, Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene County, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414 or Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th St., Suite 609, New York, NY 10036.




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Published in Albany Times Union on May 17, 2020.
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May 21, 2020
Grandma Dot was wonderfully kindhearted - always so warm to us as we grew up. I will miss visiting the house by the river and watching the barges come by. Sending my love and prayers to Stacy, Mark, Jason, and Meghan during this difficult time.
Peter Siciliano
Friend
May 19, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting with Mrs Backlund, I loved her house so much, I told her I was going to camp out on her deck, she said anytime!!! With a beautiful warm smile. RIP
Jackie
Acquaintance
May 19, 2020
Rest In Peace MaDot , you were loved so much, and will be missed even more.
Alice Banks
Friend
May 18, 2020
We were blessed to have had her in our lives and honored to called her our friend. To all of Dotti's friends and family we were lucky to have had this treasure in our lives. Our prayers are with you all.
Joyce Schoenig
Friend
May 18, 2020
Peter,Stacey and family John and I are sorry for your losss.
Cathy Rowe
Friend
May 18, 2020
Was a very sweet lady, was friends with her for many years, had a whole lot of fun and always did a lot of laughing when we got together. Gonna miss you Dottie, Rest in Peace.
Mary Powell
Friend
May 18, 2020
PETER AND STACEY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS . SUCH A SWEET LADY, I ENJOYED SEEING HER AT THE POST OFFICE AS WE ALWAYS TALKED OF OLD NEW BALTIMORE STUFF.
JAMES MANGINI
Neighbor
May 17, 2020
Paul and I so very sorry for your loss.
Jeanne Ryan
May 17, 2020
Pete and Stacey, your mom was a joy to be around. Had lots of laughs when we saw each other. Dottie loved life like my mom did, I will think of her often.
Janis
Friend
May 17, 2020
Our deepest condolences. Your Mom, along with your late Dad, were wonderful people.
John Kearney
Friend
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