Peggy Ann Backs, 56, of New Baden, IL, formerly of New Memphis, IL, born July 11, 1955 in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at St. Mary’s Health Center, St. Louis, MO.
After high school Peggy worked for Martha Manning Dress Factory in Mascoutah and St. Louis. She then attended Concordia College at River Forest, IL and obtained a Bachelor of Theology as a Deaconess. She worked at Zion Lutheran Church in Mascoutah as a secretary and Preschool Director before taking a call to be a Deaconess at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Painesville, OH for the next five years. She most recently worked as a first assistant and cashier at CC Food Mart in Lebanon, IL and as a clerk for Mark Krausz Auction Service in New Baden, IL.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mascoutah, IL and was active in the Older Adult Ministry of the Southern Illinois District – LCMS.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Milton R. and Marjorie F. A., nee Engelmann, Backs; and her grandparents.
She is survived by a sister, Linda Kay Backs of New Baden, IL; a special friend, Gina Rakers of Indianapolis, IN; aunts and uncles, Bernice Engelmann of Albers, IL, William and Joyce Engelmann of Centralia, IL, Marie Engelmann of Nashville, IL, Darleen Backs of Okawville, IL, Doris Backs of Springfield, IL, and Mary Ann and Donald Steinkamp of Belleville, IL; cousins and many friends.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Special Needs Fund.
Visitation: Friends may call from 3 to 6:45 PM Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church, Mascoutah, IL.
Funeral: A funeral service will be held 7:00 PM Thursday evening, Nov. 10, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mascoutah with Pastor Kirk Clayton, Pastor Darwin Schraeder, and Pastor Paul Bramstedt officiating. A private graveside service will be held Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 in Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery, Addieville, IL.