Candace Backstrom

Candace “Candy” Staiger Backstrom, 67, of Roaring Brook Road, Highmount, died Sunday March 9, 2014 surrounded by her family at home. 
She was born June 30, 1946, a daughter of the late John and Mary Wright Staiger.  She was an Onteora High School graduate who served over 20 years as legal secretary to attorneys in Kingston including William Pretsch, Eli Basch, and Alfred Mainetti. 
She was an avid reader, and traveled extensively with her husband on business trips. She lived in Florida for sometime, and commuted to Texas frequently to see Klaus. She enjoyed the beauty of nature, as expressed in the birds she fed, her flower gardens, and her animals.  She was an excellent cook, and deemed the ‘official’ birthday cake maker for the family.  Her family shared that the radiance of her kindness and beauty were nonpareil.
Candace is survived by her husband, Klaus; a daughter, Lisa and her husband Adair Dash; stepsons, Topsi and Osku Backstrom; daughter-in-law, Natalie Backstrom; grandchildren, Savia London, Kaelani and Kianu Schwerdtfeger, Taejah and Rajahn Dash; step grandchildren, Miia and Aki Backstrom; sisters, Patricia Ford and Mary Ellen Grant; best friend and ‘Heart Sister’ Gertrude Kaiser; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and grand nephews also survive. 
She was predeceased by her brothers, Tom and John Staiger.
Her funeral procession will form on Friday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia, thence to the St. Francis de Sales Church where at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. 
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Shandaken  Animal Volunteer Effort, PO Box 67, Shandaken, NY 12480. 
Friends will be received on Thursday, March 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home. 
You may share a condolence or light a candle on Candy’s memorial page at gormleyfuneralhome.com.