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Gerda Backman

Gerda (Gedrose) Backman, age 95, of New Rockford, ND, died Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND.

Gerda was born September 1, 1926, in rural Cathay, ND, the daughter of John and Thekla Gunhilda (Bryne) Gedrose. She was baptized and confirmed at Stavanger Lutheran Church in Wells County. She attended school in Fairville Township, Wells County, until November of 1941. She then moved with her family near Brantford and attended Columbia Consolidated School, and in 1945 she graduated from New Rockford High School. She later attended Dakota Business College in Fargo for one year. Gerda worked in Fargo and Devils Lake until she married Donald Keith Backman on November 13, 1954. She was a devoted wife and mother, and loved living on the farm east of New Rockford. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church. She taught Sunday school and Bible school, helped her children with many 4-H projects, enjoyed the Tiffany Ladies Aid and Homemaker Clubs, and volunteered at the Senior Center. Donald passed away on March 15, 1988. Gerda was able to take a trip of a lifetime to Norway in 1992. Gerda was always kind and enjoyed helping people. She loved making special meals for her family – buns, lefse, potato sausage, krumkake, and birthday cakes. She will be deeply missed.

Gerda is survived by her son, Robert Backman of New Rockford; daughter, Lorraine (Chuck) LeBlanc of Grand Forks; her grandchildren, Amanda (Lucas) Croegaert of Bismarck, Neil Backman of New Rockford, Stephanie LeBlanc of Grand Forks, and Matthew LeBlanc of Grand Forks; two great-grandsons, Trace and Toby Croegaert; a sister, Vivian Rimmereid, and her sister-in-law, Barbara Gedrose.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her daughter, Gail Klumph; a son-in-law, Alfred Klumph; her parents; sisters, Olga (Clarence) Sielig, Tillie (Glenn) Collier, Julia (LeRoy) Gross and Erna Gedrose; and brothers, Emil (Bernadine) Gedrose and John Gedrose, and brother-in-law Daniel Rimmereid.

Gerda’s Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00PM – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 2:00PM at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford.

Her Burial will be at the Nystrom Cemetery, rural New Rockford, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. To the entire family of Gerda: We were so sad to hear of Gerda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Gerda’s family. I always enjoyed working with this pleasant lady in her later years. Sending prayers for you all during this time and through the coming year.

  3. Gerda was a very special person to everyone she met. She always had a big smile and joyful spirit for us when we would see her when we visited Vivian.

    May God comfort the Backman family at this time of loss. Rejoice in the fact that she is walking the streets of gold in her heavenly home.

    May the memories of Gerda stay with us all in the years to come


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