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Selma M. Backer

Selma M. Backer, 86, of St. Meinrad, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Selma was born March 11, 1934, in St. Meinrad to Alois and Theresa (Mayer) Sitzman. She married John M. Backer on May 17, 1955 in Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2011.

Selma was a member of St. Isidore Parish in Bristow. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, raising pet chickens and reading.

Selma is survived by two sons, Donald (Suzette) Backer of Patoka and Jim (LeeAnn) Backer of St. Meinrad; four daughters, Kathy (Rick) Riedford of Evansville, Debbie (Ronnie) Voges of Tell City, Jennifer (Lawrence) Glaser of Louisville and Nancy (Maurice) Poehlein of Tobinsport; 22 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Selma was preceded in death by her husband, John, and four brothers, Harold, Robert, Edmond and Claude Sitzman.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. CT in St. Isidore Church, Bristow. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand from 4-7 p.m. CT and also Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Isidore Parish. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.

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