Gertrude Backhaus

Gertrude Hilda Backhaus (Raether)

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Gertrude H. Backhaus (nee Raether), passed away on Tuesday January 14, 2020 at the age of 94 years. She was born on August 17, 1925 in the Town of Forrest to Jacob and Marie (nee Kutz) Raether. On June 2, 1945, Gertrude married Arthur L. Backhaus at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dundee, WI. After marriage, the couple lived in Hartford and finally settled in West Bend. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, cards and gardening.

Gertrude is survived by Doug Welch, son-in-law of the late Edith, and Cindy Backhaus, daughter-in-law of the late Howard, grandchildren; Michael (Margaret) Welch, Mark (Nicole) Welch, Joseph (Becky) Backhaus and Jessie Backhaus, great-grandchildren; Ethan and Hanna Welch, Cassidy and Kolten Backhaus, siblings; Fritz (the late Alice) Raether, Joyce (Delmar) Wendegatz, Donna (Miles) Wilson and sister-in-law Betty (the late Ralph) Raether, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur, and her brother Lester (Ruth) Raether.

Funeral Services for Gertrude will be held at 5:00pm on Tuesday January 21st at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (777 S. Indiana Ave. West Bend) with Pastor Richard Lauersdorf and Pastor John Paustian presiding. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 4:00pm until 4:45pm. Entombment will be at Ledgeview Memorial Park in Fond du Lac.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to Good Shepherd Church are appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 4:45pm
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 4:00pm - 4:45pm
    Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church
    777 S. Indiana Ave
    West Bend, WI 53095
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 | 5:00pm
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 5:00pm
    Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church
    777 S. Indiana Ave
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Richard Lauersdorf
    Pastor John H. Paustian
  • Interment

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 |
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
    Ledgeview Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    Fond du Lac County, WI
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Darlene Ernisse

Posted at 01:16pm
My sympathy to the family Delmar Joyce and Donna and Miles. May she rest in peace.

Jim & Joan Bertram

Posted at 08:29am
Sending our sincere sympathy to the family. It is a blessing for her to join her family again. RIP.

Cindy Ann Backhaus

Posted at 07:51am
"Gertrude Backhaus" brought so many gifts to our life. She was a wonderful mother in-law, grandmother, and great grandmother.
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