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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