The life review of Mary Louise Backenstose.

Mary Lou was born May 29, 1931 in Youngstown, OH to Nicholas and Julia Cvetetic. After graduating from Ursuline High School in 1949, she went to work at Century Foods in the accounting department. Following her position there she moved to Farmington, MI to take a position at Sarah Fisher Children’s Home. It was while in Michigan that Mary Lou met and married Fred Backenstose, her loving husband of 68 years. Together they raised five of their six children in Michigan. Later they moved to Sheridan, WY where they lived for 30 years and raised their youngest son.

Mary Lou passed Monday, November 16, 2020 surrounded by family. She leaves behind her husband, Fred; and her six children, Rick, Julie, Mitchell, Sue, Lisa and Kristofor; and granddaughter, Annie.

Funeral mass was held on Friday, November 20, 2020 with Father Prakash Sebastian officiating at Holy Name Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions in Mary Lou’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1660 S. Albion St. #916, Denver, CO 80222.

Champion Funeral Home of Sheridan, WY has been entrusted with local arrangements. Online condolences may be written at