Marlene Ann Backer

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Marlene Ann Backer, 86, of Fargo, ND, passed away at Bethany on 42nd on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

Marlene was born May 23, 1936 in Hankinson, ND to Thomas Daniel and Gertrude Agnes (Lafrentz) Cryan. She graduated high school in 1954 in Rutland, ND. She married Albert Stanley Backer on July 18, 1956. They made their home in Cayuga and then Fargo with their children Tom and Barb. Marlene worked with her husband at Backer Welding in Fargo for many years before they retired together until Albert’s passing on November 12, 2011.

Marlene enjoyed gambling, bowling, and shooting pool. Even participating as a member of bowling and pool leagues throughout the years. She loved to play cards, especially pinochle. She was also known to be a bit of a shopaholic.

Marlene is survived by her son Tom Backer, Devil’s Lake, ND; daughter, Barb (Ray) Cook, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Cassie Gassmann, Fargo, ND; and Shelby Backer, Minneapolis, MN.

Marlene is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Yvonne Brakke.


Visitation - Saturday: August 27, 2022 9:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Service - Saturday: August 27, 2022 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103



Cayuga Cemetery
North Dakota,

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  1. Have memories of how much fun and friendship our mothers shared. I’m sure Katie and Clifford met Marlene at heaven’s gate. My sympathy to all the family. God bless.

  2. Hi kids, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a bright light in my own mom’s life (Lorna) and they had great times together bowling and playing cards. I know what you are going through, since I lost my mom too. Praying from Georgia for your peace and comfort. Love, Debra (Jordahl) McCullough

  3. Treasure your memories of Marlene, a daughter to Thomas and Gertrude, a sister, a wife to Albert, the mother of Tom and Barb and the grandmother of Shelby and Cassie.

    We never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, every thought and every decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. Take comfort in knowing that our lives were enriched by having shared their love.

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You Today and Always.

  4. So sorry for your loss Tom, I remember vividly Pete talking about Ma Baker as a fun loving mom to all at the time. They hopefully are reunited in heaven and reminiscing about the old racing days. Keep all your memories close to your heart. Again my deepest sympathies.

  5. Sorry for your mom’s passing. I am sure she is playing cards in heaven now. Clark and played on a pinochle league, Al Marlene were out partners for years. Good people.

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