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Backowski, Barbara, nee Dorey formerly Wielms, died Saturday, February 20, 2021, age 87 (4-19-1933.) Mom passed peacefully, in her sleep, listening to showtunes, including Hello Dolly. She was fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church. Barbara was born in St. Louis, MO and grew up in Maryland Heights,MO.  She graduated from St. Marks High School and earned  her B.S. and M.A. from UMSL. Barbara was a teacher and principal for the St. Louis Archdiocesean schools for 17 years.  She was a longtime resident in Florissant and an active parishoner at St. Dismas, now St. Rose.  She especially loved teaching fourth grade, at Transfiguration school, singing in the Church choir, The Rome Choir and The Notables, traveling with friend and family in Europe, China, Spain, Potugal, Netherlands, Canada, Mexico and the USA.Barbara loved to garden, read and paint. Good friends, family and her children made a joyful life.  Barbara had a good sense of humor and a sharp wit. Her children were much loved and a deep source of pride.

She is the daughter of Rose (Charboneau) Dorey and Gover Dorey. She is the youngest of 7 , brothers Steve,  Ed , Art and sisters Lucille, Dolly,  Janie and Rita. She is survived by her children Jennifer (Jeff), Nancy (Kurt), Jeff (April), grandchildren Andy (Michelle), Jane Rose (Zlatan), Elise (Greg), Reuben Alexander, Mark, Maranda (Cameron), Krystal and Tia (Alex), great grandchildren Lincoln, Lucas, Reed, Brady and Alliana and a great multitude of nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers donations to Cancer of the Appendix ACPMP Research Foundation 2021 L St. NW, Suite 101-244,  Washington, DC 20036-4909 or email

MASS     Tuesday, March 2, 10 AM -Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3130 Parkwood Ln. Maryland Heights, followed by internment at Sacred Heart Cemetary,  Florissant,  and then Lunch at Pios Restaurant in St. Charles, on First Capital Drive.

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  1. Tell me of this Wizard Howl of yours . Sophie’s teeth chattered but she said proudly, He’s the best wizard in Ingary or anywhere else. If he’d only had time, he would have defeated that djinn. And he’s sly and selfish and vain as a peacock and cowardly, and you can’t pin him down to anything.

  2. God Bless your Mom Grandma great grandma mother in law. She loved you all so much the joy on her face when she was in your presence says it. She was always sweet to me always kind. I respected her. I am so very sorry to all her loved ones. It takes a strong woman to teach 4 th grade. I will always fondly remember her. Sending my love prayers and good wishes to all. Remember all the good times and remember she will always be part of.