Mary J. Backhaus

Jan. 7, 1926 – Aug. 14, 2013

Mary J. Backhaus of Waukesha passed away at her residence Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at the age of 87. She was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 7, 1926, the daughter of Morris and Norma (Weide) Ramsburg.

Mary was a 1944 graduate of Lincoln High School. After graduating, Mary danced with the D’Oberlander German Society and was employed by First Wisconsin Bank. On Oct. 1, 1949, Mary was united in marriage to Ralph R. Backhaus. She sang with the Waukesha Choral Union, the Lutheran Chorale in Milwaukee, and was active at the Waukesha YWCA. Mary sang in the church choir and had participated in the handbell choir at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. She had attended Carroll College and UW-Waukesha, where she studied and majored in theater. Mary had been employed at the Old Tavern Cheese Co., RTE, and later with LPI. She enjoyed gardening, needlework, reading and playing the piano. Mary will forever be known as an adventurous cook.

Mary is survived by her loving children, Eric (Jane) Backhaus and Patricia Backhaus, all of Waukesha. She was a loving grandma to Melissa Backhaus and Steven Backhaus, both of Waukesha, and Christine (David) Peters of Hartland. Also surviving are one sister, Dorothy Bauer of California, and a brother- and sister- in-law, Duane D. (Marjorie) Backhaus of Arizona. Mary is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Norma Ramsburg; husband, Ralph Backhaus on June 13, 2002; and two sisters, Joyce (Lloyd) Schneeberg and Betty (Julio) Rodriguez.

The visitation for Mary will be take place from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Monday, Aug. 19, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 700 Beechwood Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Art Koepsell will officiate. Interment will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Mary may be given to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (please see address above).

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit
www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.