MICHELLE J. BACK, 33 BELOVED DAUGHTER, SISTER, AUNT AND FRIEND BELVIDERE - Michelle J. Back, 33, of Belvidere, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn. Born Dec. 23, 1978, in Rockford; daughter of Ronald and Barbara Judy Gillaspy Back. Graduate of Belvidere High School, Class of 1997. Attended Rock Valley College and was completing BSN at St. Anthony School of Nursing. Previous employment by Wal-Mart, Rockford Memorial Hospital and most recent employment by OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center as a pharmacy technician. Michelle was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and attended the Kingdom Hall in Belvidere. Service to God and helping others to understand the Bible and God's purpose was of primary importance to her. Michelle was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her niece and nephews as her own and enjoyed spending time with them and with family. She also loved to read and liked poetry and art. Michelle was a nurturer, a giver, considerate, kind and compassionate, and had a strong desire to help those in need. She had a great love for her father and mother and desire to take care of them. She continually had empathy and concern for others and was always there to lend a helping hand. Michelle was grateful for life, for her family and friends. Michelle's loving presence and endearing qualities will forever be missed by her family. Survived by mother, Barbara J. Back; siblings, Ronald E. (Andrea) Back II, Barbara Corinne (Joseph) Witte and Bryon D. (Kathryn) Back; nephews and nieces, Evan and Nicholas Back, Lauren and Alexander Witte and Dylan Back; aunt, Jean (Ron) Craig; uncle, George Gillaspy and many cousins. Predeceased by father, Ronald E. Back; grandparents, Elbert and Cora Edna Back and George and Lucille Gillaspy; and uncle Daniel R. Back. Memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 5995 Marengo Road, Belvidere. Michelle will be laid to rest in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery and it will be a private family burial. Family requesting no flowers, memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall and cards to Michelle's mother, Barbara Back. Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Road., Rockford, assisted the family. Express condolences online at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from December 20 to December 21, 2012