Dora Helen (Sansoucie) Backer, 90, of Arnold, formerly of De Soto, died Nov. 30, 2019. Mrs. Backer was an independent Avon representative for 35 years and a member of the Avon President’s Club. She was a long-time and faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Arnold, the Ladies Auxiliary of Pope John XXIII Knights of Columbus Council 6018 and a former longtime member of the Silver Haired
Legislators for the MEAAA. She enjoyed watching TV, spending time with family and friends and playing with her grandchildren. She was born Dec. 19, 1928, in Valles Mines, the daughter of the late Lawrence J. and Mary M. (Courtway) Sansoucie. She was preceded in death by her husband: Paul W. Backer.
She is survived by two sons: Doug (Vicky) Backer of De Soto and Steve (Cindy) Backer of High Ridge, a daughter: Christine (Paul) Terry of Arnold; five grandchildren: Amanda
(Matt) Deisner, Jen Backer (Tom Moehlmann), Paul W. Backer, Riley B. and
Alexis; two great-grandchildren: Burke and Griffin; and numerous other
relatives, dear friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by four brothers: Johnnie Sansoucie, Ernest Sansoucie,
Christopher Sansoucie and Willis “Red” Sansoucie; and two sisters: Rose
Smith and Sadie Mae Ketchum.
Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Drive, in Festus, with a rosary service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2300 Church Road, in Arnold, officiated by Father Scott Jones. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel.