BALTIMORE – Dorothea J. Backlund passed away on May 12th
in the home she made with her husband Nils on their beloved Hudson
Caring, funny, intelligent and confident, she brought joy
wherever she went. Her fun-loving nature was captivating and she
made every experience more interesting and enjoyable for those
around her. She encouraged everyone to see the beauty in nature and
people. A florist and entrepreneur, she owned and operated the
Windflower shop with her sister Aleta for fifteen years. As an
active member of Grace United Methodist Church, she volunteered at
Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and the annual fair and she
contributed to the activities of the Cornell Hook and Ladder Fire
Company and Ladies Auxiliary. To her accomplished husband Nils, she
was a tireless partner and an integral part of his success. To her
children and grandchildren, she was a role model, a friend and an
endless source of love.
Dorothea leaves us all with a legacy of love and laughter. We
are all better human beings simply by having had her in our lives.
Every day, we thank God for the blessing of being her family.
Dorothea was predeceased by her loving husband Nils Backlund.
Survivors include her children, Peter (Debora) Backlund and Stacey
(Mark) Gallagher; grandchildren, Peter Backlund, Jr., Matthew
(Laura) Backlund , Kristin (Ryan Kittle) Backlund, Jason and Meghan
Gallagher; great-granddaughter, Sophia Banks; siblings, Robert
Whitbeck Jr., Phebe Archibald and Aleta (Bill) Lyons. Dorothea was
predeceased by her sisters, Jacqueline Bleau and Marilyn Anderson.
A private graveside service will be held for the family at
Chestnut Lawn Cemetery with a celebration of life in the future.
The family would like you to consider, in lieu of flowers, a
contribution in memory of Dorothea to the
Grace United Methodist Church, 16 Hillcrest Drive, Ravena, NY 12143,
Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene County, 47 Liberty St.,
Catskill, NY 12414 or
Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th St.,
Suite 609, New York, NY 10036