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Margaret Backus

Oct. 20, 1922-June 24, 2009

Margaret E. Backus, 86, of Ogema, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

Margaret E. Kraker was born to John and Mary Ann (Lorsung) Kraker on Oct. 20, 1922 in Ogema, where she was raised and attended grade school. She graduated from Waubun High School in 1940.

Margaret furthered her education at the Detroit Lakes Business College. After her schooling, she moved to Berkeley, Calif., where she took a job for the state of California doing secretarial work. Margaret married Charles Erickson on Feb. 6, 1948 in Berkeley. They resided in Berkeley until retirement. They later moved to Bend, Ore., to enjoy their summer retirement years, and they wintered in Arizona. Charles passed away on Sept. 20, 1987.

On Feb. 3, 1990, Margaret married Vernon Backus in Las Vegas, Nev. Together they moved to Ogema, where Margaret soon became very active in Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Vernon passed away March 14, 1999.

With her strong faith, Margaret took on many duties with her church; that involved cleaning, doing laundry, and setting up for masses along with making sure everything was in order. In her spare time, Margaret would often visit the elderly, whether it was at a nursing home or hospital. She enjoyed playing cards, when her sisters would talk her into playing, but most importantly visiting and writing letters to her family and friends.

Margaret will be remembered by her stepson, Frank (Denise) Backus of Thompson Station, Tenn.; six step-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren; three sisters, Florence James of Walnut Creek, Calif., Mildred (Val) Caspers of Ogema and Betty (Cecil "Skeeb") Cook of Frazee; two brothers, James Kraker of Jacksonville, Fla., and Leonard (Betty) Kraker of Sioux City, Iowa; along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Margaret in death were her parents; first husband, Charles Erickson (1987); second husband, Vernon Backus (1999); two sisters and two brothers.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 28 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Ogema, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

A celebration of Margaret's life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, June 29 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Ogema, with the Rev. Walter Butor and Rev. Jerry Orsino celebrating the mass.

Interment will be at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, rural Ogema. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories of Margaret may be shared online at