Dolores Dorothy (Focardi) Backert

January 30, 1929 ~ September 10, 2021 (age 92)


Dolores Dorothy Backert 1929-2021 Our angel, the sweetest woman on earth. We all had so many fun times together. Thank you for teaching us so much about life and about the power of positive thinking. Thank you for always treating others with kindness, looking on the bright side, and just having fun, smiling and enjoying the simple things in life.

Dolores was someone who gave everyone around her such amazing memories. She was one of a kind, with a twinkle in her eye, a warm smile, and an infectious laugh. Although her proudest achievement in life was being a wife and mother to three beautiful girls, she also held various job titles in the business world, including those with Doubleday Publishing, Guidepost Magazine, and other executive secretarial positions.

In her younger years, Dolores loved spending time roller skating with friends and that is how she met her husband Jack who was serving in the US NAVY at the time.

There wasn’t a thing that Dolores couldn’t do that she put her mind to. She instilled this in her children at a young age. She was a seamstress and loved creating pieces for herself and her children. While her husband built a sailboat, she sewed the sail. They were the perfect winning team. Her children were so lucky to have such creative parents. Dolores was also an amazingly talented artist. Anyone who entered her home was amazed to find out that the watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings were created by Dolores herself! The lush greenery in and outside of the home was also a byproduct of Dolores and her two green thumbs! Her plants would multiply and grow like nothing you have ever seen.

Dolores loved animals, especially horses. After moving to the Brewster area the family owned horses and her and her daughters would ride the trails through the fields and farms of the North Salem area. Dolores was always one to accept a challenge. When she “fell off the horse” (literally and figuratively) she got right back on, nothing could stop her.

For Dolores life was an adventure and a journey. Lifelong friends shared their joy of flying and boating with Dolores and her husband John. Their adventurous spirit led them to many vacations across the US.

In her final weeks Dolores was surrounded by loved ones and friends who kept her spirits high. She enjoyed endless amounts of lollipops, played hours of banana-grams, po-ke-no, tic-tac-toe, and loved spending quality time with everyone laughing at each other’s jokes.

Dolores is survived by her sister Dorothy and sister-in-law Nancy, her daughters and their families, Pamela (William), Karen (Kenneth), Laura (Steve, who preceded mom in death) Grandchildren Melanie, KJ, Erika, Kristin (Dan), Carolyn (Joe), Heidi, Kyle, Casey (Tommy). Great grandchildren Kady, Joey, Matthew, Isabelle, Oaklee and Esmae.

Dolores has been reunited with her dear husband John, her mother and father, her brother and sister and many other dear family members. Services will be private for immediate family members only.

A 'Celebration of Life' will be held in the future to honor the memories of Dolores, that we hold so dear. In honor of Dolores and her kind spirit, if you’d like, you can make a donation to a cause that is near and dear to your heart, and remember to pay her kindness forward to strangers in memory of her spirit.

Today, take a few minutes to sit quietly and be thankful for all that you have.

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