Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



Service Information

Marlene Sue Backhus 

Service: Saturday, September 12, from 1 - 4 pm at Bush Park, Fenton, MI

Memorials: Toys for Tots, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Triangle, VA 22172

Marlene Sue Backhus, age 76, of Caledonia, formerly of Fenton, went to be with her Lord on Monday, August 24, 2020. Marlene was married to her husband, Roy on April 5, 1968. She worked for the Fenton Public School System for 15 years, and enjoyed being a homemaker, camping, traveling and spending winters in Florida, where she leaves a community of friends. She  loved arts and crafts, spending time with her children and grandchildren, as well as cheering on their sporting events. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Caledonia. Her parents, Gerald and Virginia Ortwine, and a brother, Edward Ortwine, preceded her in death. Marlene will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Roy; her children and grandchildren, Todd and Stacey Backhus (Dakota, Sarah), Greg and Amy Backhus (Joshua, Ethan, Bryce, and Andrew), Brad and Michelle Backhus (Hannah and Evan); sister and brother-in-law, June and Bob Cudney and their children, Tammy and Timothy; sister-in-law, Vicki Ortwine and her son, Eric. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Marlene's life will be held on Saturday, September 12, from 1 - 4 pm at Bush Park in Fenton, MI. Enter off the east end of Jefferson Street behind St. John's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Toys for Tots.

1095 68TH ST SE


# Tammy Foster-Dasen 2020-08-30 22:03
Our deepest sympathies to all on Marlene's passing. She was a very special person to the Foster Family (Tom, Doris & children), and will be fondly remembered. May you find comfort in the many memories you hold dear.
# Mary & Denny Krusnia 2020-08-29 13:06
Roy, Todd, Greg, and Brad,
Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your wife and mother! Marty was a fun, and loving friend! May she rest in peace and may God Bless each of you with comfort in your warm memories of her!
Peace be with all of you,
Mary & Denny Krusniak
# Rick Cradit 2020-08-27 22:13
Roy and the rest of the family - I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Backhus was the greatest human being I have ever known and I miss her dearly.
# Michael Niemczyk 2020-08-27 11:46
My condolences to the Backhus family. Marty was a special person in my time at the middle school. She was beyond helpful in a pinch. She proudly shared stories of her family's accomplishments , but always inquired about my young family. Marty left her mark and will be missed.
# DAVE SUNDQUIST 2020-08-26 16:21
Roy and family deeply saddened to read of Marty's passing. My most sincere condolences to all of you ! i will always have fond memories of this terrific person ! She was a very special person and will be missed ! my she RIP
# Amy Jo Middleton 2020-08-26 14:58
Roy, Todd, Greg, Brad & Families - I am so sorry hear of Marti's passing. I have nothing but fond memories of her at our track meets cheering us all on, coming to check on us after our house was hit by lighting and all the times she would stop by to chat and graciously brag about you boys! She was one proud Momma bear of you three and her grandchildren! Her Smile and laugh was infectious! Please know you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers, she will be missed by many!

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