Frieda M. "Tootie" Backhaus

Frieda M. "Tootie" Backhaus, 79, of St. Michaels passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk.

She was born on Dec. 30, 1928, in West Bend, the daughter of the late Herbert and Frieda (Haus-feldt) Cash, and on Jan. 15, 1947, she was united in marriage to Harold Backhaus at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michaels.

Tootie was an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michaels where she served on the Human Concerns Commit-tee, was president of St. Vincent De Paul and a member of the Christian Women.

Tootie will lovingly be remembered as a devoted wife and mother who always put her family first.

She enjoyed helping those in need. Tootie made many quilts for children in Haiti and sewed hundreds of lap robes for residents at the Samaritan Health Center and Cedar Lake Health Care Center.

Tootie and Harold ran the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry from their home for many years.

Tootie enjoyed gardening and tending her flowers, especially gladiolas, and when her family was young, she picked and sold strawberries by the case.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, her family and by all who knew her.

Survivors include her loving husband of 61 years, Harold; eight children, James (Jean) Backhaus of Mt. Calvary, Gary (Fran) Backhaus, Ronald (Rita) Backhaus and Geralyn Kaehny, all of West Bend, John Backhaus of Menomonee, Darlene Back-haus of Oklahoma, Linda (Lloyd) Bunkelman of Campbellsport and Scott (Tina) Backhaus of Muske-go; her twin sister, Lucy Wied-meyer of West Bend; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight stepsisters and brothers; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Tootie was preceded in death by a son, David, in 1968, and a brother-in-law, Richard Wiedmeyer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Tootie will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michaels.

Father Edwin Kornath will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call at the church on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Vincent De Paul or Kathy Hospice are appreciated.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Tootie’s arrangements.

Additional information and guest book may be found at

A special thank you from Tootie’s family to the staff at Kathy Hospice, the third floor staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital and to Dr. Nicole Klausmeier for all the compassionate care provided to Tootie.