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Verena Elizabeth Backman
(February 5, 1916 - May 27, 2012)

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Verena Elizabeth Backman

Verena Elizabeth Backman, 96, of Walker, Minnesota passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Golden Living Center in Walker. Verena was born February 5, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Werner M. and Margaret E. (Bowman) Backman. As a young girl she was given the nickname “Bunce” by her family and it remained with her for life. When Verena was six her family settled on a farm in rural Pine River where she grew up and attended school. She graduated in 1934 from Pine River High School and then went on to a year of Normal School. For a short time Verena taught in a one room school in rural Pine River. Verena and her sister Vanetta then moved to Peoria, Illinois and worked at Caterpillar during the World War II years. Minneapolis became their next home, where they worked for Northwest Airlines for thirty years retiring in the late 1970’s. During those years they would travel north every weekend, working either at the farm or helping at the Sunrise Beach Resort near Walker which their parents also owned and operated seasonally. Following retirement Walker became their home. They first rented, then built a home on First Point Road where they lived until entering the nursing home. Verena had the capacity for work and never hesitated in lending a hand to others. Sitting still was never an option and filled her days with accomplishing the tasks at hand. She had a special attachment to dogs and made sure they were well fed and cared for. Verena will be remembered as a loyal sister, as an aunt who loved her family, and one who especially enjoyed spending time with her niece and nephew. Verena is survived by her brother Van Backman, niece Holly Ann Backman (Dan Cote’), nephews, Mark Backman (Pamela), and great nephew Ryan Backman. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Vanetta Backman, and sister-in-law Nancy Backman. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Walker. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Walker. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Alzheimer Association of Minnesota.

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