Stanley F. Backer

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May 22, 1919 to Marc 13, 2014

Ava- Stanley F. Backer, 94, of the East Ava Road passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 13, 2014 at Rome Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Ava, NY on May 22, 1919 a son of Horace and Hattie Fox Backer. He grew up on the family farm and married Charlotte (Lottie) Lisowski on September 14, 1940 in Rome. She died March 28, 2009. The couple operated the family farm until retiring in 1986. Stanley enjoyed the Boston Red Sox, playing pitch, rides in the country and building electronics.

Stanley’s family would like to thank the RHCF at Rome Hospital for the wonderful care especially Nana, Crystal, Kathy, Sharon and Amanda; also the ICU especially, Brittany, Audrey, Lacey and Brenda. A special thank-you to his granddaughter Stephanie Como for all the wonderful care shown.

Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, Horace “Babe” and Carol Backer, Ava and Albert Backer, Boonville; four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Dick Witzigman, Ava, Linda Underwood, Rome, Shirley Hunt, Camden and Lorraine and Steve Gardinier, Rome; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Warren and Marie Backer and Gilbert and Ann Owens, all of Ava; two sisters, Janette Malone, Ava and Doris Spinelli, Rome; fifteen grandchildren, a special grandson, Jon Backer, 26 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Stanley was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Lucille Backer, a son-in-law Brian Underwood, a brother-in-law, Pat Malone and three brothers, Willard, Raymond and Douglas.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post St., Boonville with Pastor Matt Ripp officiating. Calling hours will be held Sunday prior to the service from 1-4 p.m. Burial in the spring at Ava Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the West Leyden Fire Department.

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