Karen Backus

Karen J. Backus

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
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Karen J. Backus, 56, of Trumbull, CT and long time resident of Westport, CT passed away at her home on January 8, 2020.

Karen was born in Stamford, CT on June 13, 1963 and was the daughter of David and Sophie (Uzar) Bender. She graduated from Hadley-Luzerne High School in Lake Luzerne, NY and then went on to receive her Bachelors Degree from Cortland State College. Karen worked for the YMCA for many years. She spent 30 years as a YMCA Profession Director, starting as an Aquatic Director at the Wilton Family YMCA in 1987 and was the former Executive Director of the Fairfield YMCA. She spent 8 years as a girls Youth Basketball Coach for the Westport Recreation Department. Karen was a avid competitive softball player as a member if the Slate Rock softball team winning 10 Town of Westport Coed Championships and 2 ASA Connecticut State Championships

Survivors include one son: John Edward Backus III β€œTripp” of Westport, CT, one daughter: Jillian Backus of Westport, CT, her mother, Sophie Bender, one brother David Bender of Guilford, CT, one sister: Toni Riola and her husband Ralph of Silverdale, WA. And two nieces: Gabrielle Riola of WA and Michaela Russell of Branford, CT, one nephew: Noah Bender of Ansonia, CT. She was pre deceased by her Father, David W. Bender and one brother: Keith M. Bender.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Saturday January 18, 2020 at 11:00AM meeting directly at Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave. Westport for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East, Westport, CT on Friday January 17, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hardingfuneral.com.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Harding Funeral Home
    210 Post Road East
    WESTPORT, CT 06880
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Assumption Cemetery
    73 Greens Farms Road
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Karen A Schomp

Posted at 10:55pm
Sunday's at Compo Beach, the 2 K's and my Jilly! A piece of me goes with with you my friend, always on my mind, forever in my heart!πŸ˜šπŸ’”πŸ’•

Lisa Millones OGrady

Posted at 08:45am
I am shocked and very saddened about her sudden passing. Though I haven't spoken with her in a very long time, I think of her and Keirh often and about the times we spent together. Karen was my very first friend in the 70's when we lived next door to each other. I will always remember you.
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Terry McCarthy

Posted at 09:27pm
Rest In Peace
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The Fairfield Y

Posted at 11:51am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Alicia Koziol

Posted at 10:33pm
Dear Friends and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time for such a tremendous and untimely loss of a beautiful soul. I remember Karen's bright, brave and dignified spirit from way back when, as classmates at Holy Name (we are standing next to each other in the 8th grade picture). I always admired her and am saddened by her passing and for your loss. Please accept my sincere and deepest sympathies. May God bless you with peace and serenity, Alicia Koziol

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