Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL


Guenther Carl Back

March 31, 1929February 15, 2020

Guenther, better known as Carl, was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and grew up in neighboring Stratford, Connecticut. He went to the University School and also attended the University of Bridgeport. Carl married the love of his life, Irene, at age 21. They remained married until his beloved wife of 64 years, Irene, predeceased him on May 21, 2014 on Marco Island.

Carl was a Chief Warrant Officer in the Connecticut National Guard for 19 years until he built the Wellfleet Motel in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and pursued that as a family business with Irene and his three children, Judith, Joy and Carl from 1969 to 1975. Thereafter, he constructed 8 waterfront cottages on Cape Cod Bay in Wellfleet and created "The Back Cottages," where dozens of families vacationed for many years.

Carl was a Massachusetts and Cape Cod Realtor and Trustee of the Freshbrook Acres Realty Trust in Wellfleet, a 36 acre bayside subdivision that he developed and where he lived with his family for the remainder of his life. Marco Island was his winter residence since 1980 and became his permanent residence only recently. He was actively involved in boating on Cape Cod and Marco Island.

His three children, Judith, Joy and Carl survive him, along with his beloved grandson, Robbie Menegay. He shall be interred in the Marco Island Cemetery, alongside his wife, Irene, A Funeral Mass will be held at San Marco Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him. Donations to Avow Hospice may be made in lieu of flowers.


  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Guenther Carl Back

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