Mary Jane (Robakowski) Backensto

Born: Thu., Oct. 10, 1946
Died: Sun., May 5, 2013


Memorial Mass

4:00 PM Sat., Jun. 01, 2013
Location: St. Hyacinth Catholic Church


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  Mary Jane “Midge” (Robakowski) Backensto, age 65, passed away on May 5, 2013 in her home in Carlsbad, California after a lengthy battle with ALS. Midge was born in Toledo on October 10, 1946 to Anthony A. and Sophie Robakowski. She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and the University of Toledo. In 1968, Midge moved to California and had a rich and varied career in public education. She was a librarian, teacher and principal for the San Diego Unified School District, retiring in 2005. After her retirement Midge joined the City Heights Educational Collaborative, a research foundation project of San Diego State University. The foundation is committed to improving education and children’s lives in City Heights.
Midge was preceded in death by her parents and sister Barbara Hall. Surviving are her son Keith; brother Tom Robakowski, numerous cousins and her loving caregiver Ken Olson.
A Christian Mass will be held in her memory on Saturday June 1, 2013 at 4 p.m. at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Toledo.  

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David Kornowa
   Posted Sun May 19, 2013
Rest in Peace Midge. You will be missed by all you touched.

Joan Ehret Meehan
   Posted Mon May 20, 2013
I have happy memories of our days at St. Teresa's Grade School. Midgie and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mabel A. D. Brown
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
You were truly on of my "SHEROS" mentor and friend. What a sprit will miss you Medge.

Margaret Irwin McKinnon
   Posted Wed June 12, 2013
Keith and Ken,
Midge was a wonderful and gifted teacher, all of her students were in love with her. I have great memories of our trip to Europe and Morocco. I loved her sense of humor.
May she rest in peace and may your hearts heal.

Manuela Ippolito
   Posted Sun July 21, 2013
Recently found a letter of recommendation Midge wrote for me. After observing me for 2 short weeks, she wrote the best letter, which I'm confident out helped me obtain my first contract. I simply wanted to look her up to see how she is doing, and perhaps say thank you.
To her family, I'm sorry for your loss..and to Principal Backensto, thank you.

Laura Angel-Zavala
   Posted Tue November 12, 2019
I walked into my office today and had the urge to turn on a beautiful artistic orange lamp that used to belong to Midge. She was such a bright light in my life. I am very thankful to her for being an amazing mentor to me. I think of her often. I still miss her. My thoughts and prayers to the familiy. God bless her always.


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