A. Backhaus, 86
Harold A. Backhaus, 86, of West Bend passed away on Thursday, Dec. 13,
20012, at Ivy Manor I while on hospice care.
He was born in New Fane on April 5, 1926, son of Frances and George, and
on Jan. 15, 1947, was united in marriage to Frieda (Tootie) Cash at St.
Michaelís Catholic Church in St. Michaels.
Harold was an active member of St. Michaelís Catholic Church where he
served on the Human Concerns Committee, was president of St. Vincent de
Paul, a member of the Knights of Columbus and caretaker of the St.
Harold and Tootie ran the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry from their home
for many years. Harold especially enjoyed organic gardening and had a
stand at the West Bend Farmers Market for many years.
Survivors include eight children, James (Jean) Backhuas of Mt. Calvary,
Gary (Fran) Backhaus, Ronald (Rita) Backhaus, and Geralyn Kaehny, all of
West Bend, John Backhaus
of Menomonie Darlene Backhaus of Oklahoma, Linda (Lloyd) Bunkelman of
Campbellsport, and Scott (Tina) Backhaus of Muskego; a sister Marlene
Schaefer of Cedarburg; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other
relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Harold was preceded in death by a son, David, in
1968, sister Joanne Zautner, brother Gerald, brother-inlaw Charles
Schaefer, sisterin- law Shirley (Weber) Backhaus, and parents.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at
St. Michaelís Church. The Rev. Ed Kornath will officiate and burial will
follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation at the church from 11 a.m. until
time of service.
The Schmidt Funeral Home is serving the family. Online guestbook and
condolences available at
A special thanks to the staff at Ivy Manor.