Gerard H. Backes

May 13, 1920August 4, 2012

Age 92, of Shaler, on Saturday, August 4, 2012, peacefully at his home. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Armella Leibach Backes; children Kathy (John) Szymanowski, Don (Cindy) Backes and Sandra (Bryan) Warner; grandchildren Lindsay Backes (fiance' Sean Walsh), Alan & Kirsten Warner and John (Michele) Szymanowski; great grandchildren Christi and Jamie Szymanowski. Jerry served in WWII, landing on Omaha Beach, and served in six countries. He worked for the US Postal Service for 38 years, 23 of these on a walking route on Troy Hill. Jerry was a member of St. Sebastian Church, Bauerstown AARP, Glenshaw Men's Club, West View VFW and St. Aloysius Silver Star, serving in many volunteer positions over the years. He was an avid gardener, stamp collector and loving husband and father. Friends received at the HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 512 Grant Avenue, Millvale Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Sebastian Church on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Sebastian School Angel Fund, 311 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gerard H. Backes

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Marilyn Rebholz

August 25, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I grew up on Troy Hill knowing "Jerry" as our mailman and was quite surprised after getting married and joining St. Sebastian Parish to find that "Jerry" and his family were also members of the parish. Accustomed to seeing both "Jerry" and Armella together. My thoughts and prayers to all; may he rest in peace.

Duane Radmore

August 15, 2012

Sorry for your loss Don.

Jack & Diane Walsh

August 8, 2012

We are sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. We wish we would have had the honor of meeting Gerard. It sounds like he was a very special gift from God and will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jack & Diane Walsh