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Mary J Backs

June 22, 1926 February 18, 2015
Mary J Backs
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PEORIA – Mary J. Backs, 88, of Peoria passed away at 5:31 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Grand View Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Mary was born June 22, 1926, in Rock Falls, the late Antonio and Rosa (Iorio) Fiorini. On July 7, 1962, she married Vernon L. Backs at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Peoria. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2014. She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Harry Fiorini, Charles Fiorini, and Louis Fiorini; and two sisters: Josephine Fiorini and Irma Fiorini. She is survived by two sisters, Amelia R. Wolf and her children of Peoria and Gloria (Bruce) Lundquist of Rockford; one brother Joseph Fiorini of Sterling Ill.; one brother-in-law Melvin Backs of Venedy, Ill., as well as, many nieces and nephews. Mary attended OSF St. Francis School of Nursing of Peoria, where she received her R.N. She worked in the psychiatric unit at OSF St. Francis Medical Center and later worked as an industrial nurse at Caterpillar, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mary will be remembered for her love of traveling, theatre, and listening to the Peoria Symphony. Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. Fr. Thomas Taylor will officiate. The family extends special thanks to the staff of Grand View, Rosewood Care Centers and Harbor Lights Hospice for their continual care and compassion. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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