Michelina Napolitano Backlund, a longtime resident of Montclair, died peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 10, 2021. She was 102.

A daughter of immigrant parents Gaetano and Emanuela Napolitano, Mrs. Backlund was married to Edward Backlund. She was a hard-working manager at AT&T.

Mrs. Backlund’s family was the center of her life. 

She is survived by an uncle, Nicola Fiornascente; three nephews, Tom Brunetto, Tom Napolitano and John Klein; two nieces, Andrea Brunetto and Rosemary Klein; eight great-nephews and -nieces and four great-great-nephews and -nieces.

Services were held Jan. 15 at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals, with interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a favorite charity.