Betty J. Backus, 89

OSWEGO, NY – Betty J. Backus, 89, a lifelong resident of Oswego, passed away Sunday November 16, 2014, at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego, with her loving family at her side.

Born in Oswego, she was the daughter of the late William and Minnie (Geers) Zischke.

Betty J. Backus
Betty J. Backus

Mrs. Backus was employed at Woolworth’s, W.T. Grant’s, and retired from JC Penney. She also worked at Oswego Speedway for 20 years.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and traveling on her yearly bus trips.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Her husband of 60 years, William W. Backus Sr., passed away in January of 2009.

She is survived by a son, William (Cheryl) Backus of Clay; three grandchildren, Kristin Backus of Williamstown, Nichole (Gary) Williams of Mattydale and Jeremy Hantke of Syracuse; along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, 112 E. Second St.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 201 E. Sixth St., Oswego, NY 13126 or to the John Foster Burden Fund, c/o St. Luke Health Services, 299 E. River Road, Oswego, NY 13126.