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Florence Baldacci nee DeMuri - 87

9/11/1930 - 3/23/2018

Chicago Heights formerly of Roseland

Florence D. Baldacci nee DeMuri, age 87, of Chicago Heights, passed away Friday, March 23. An accomplished piano accompanist, Mrs. Baldacci was married for 47 years to accordionist Edward Baldacci, who died in 1996. The couple, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Italy, traveled there many times. They also visited cousins in Australia. They raised a son, Arthur, and daughter, Susan, in the Roseland neighborhood, where they forged a lifelong circle of friends that played cards, traveled, and attended cultural events together. Mrs. Baldacci worked with soprano Anne Perillo for 55 years, touching the lives of many aspiring singers, some who went on to perform on Broadway and in major opera companies. The two concertized together in New York, California, and Florida as well as throughout the Chicago area. A 1948 Fenger High School graduate, Mrs. Baldacci traveled across Europe and to Hawaii as the accompanist for choral groups from Evergreen Park High School. In her 70s she climbed a ladder to an organ loft at an ancient church in Italy. Nicknamed “La Regina” by her family, Mrs. Baldacci was a talented seamstress and legendary cook who could hang wallpaper, knit, crochet, and cross-stitch. She was known to generations of relations and children of friends as “Auntie Flo.” She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Glenn) Pawlak and son, Arthur (Leslie) Baldacci; grandchildren Michael Pawlak, Dina (Jason) Stack, Natalie and Mia Baldacci; great-grandchildren Lidia and Elijah Pawlak and Hazel Stack. Resting at Panozzo Brothers Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Tuesday March 27th from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Wednesday 9:15 AM to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Florence’s name to DePaul University School of Music would be appreciated by her family. For further service information contact 708-481-9230 or panozzobros.com.

9 Comments

  • Lanita Wynn

    on 03/25/18

    I did not know Florence Balducci long, but I knew she was loved.She was proud of her name, heritage and kids. She corrected the way I pronounced her name EVERY time I said it wrong. After awhile, I corrected people as well. Praying for strength for Sue and the entire family at this time.
  • Judy Ricci

    on 03/26/18

    To Artie & his family: Sending you heartfelt sympathy. May you find comfort knowing that your mother, through her life and music inspired and touched so many people.  “Music, it’s the melody within the heart that helps us to endure.” John McLeod Sincerely, Judy Ricci
  • Gaspari Family

    on 03/26/18

    Flo my mother-in-law's Maria De-Muri's first cousin will always be in our hearts here in Australia - Flo & Eddie visited us here in Oz land and it was fantastic with laughter and music, we saw Flo in Chicago 10 years ago now & again had a wonderful time with all our family together now with Ed making wonderful music up in heaven love you - your extended Aussie Family xx
  • Gaspari-DeMuri Family

    on 03/26/18

    Flo my mother-in-law's Maria De-Muri's first cousin will always be in our hearts here in Australia - Flo & Eddie visited us here in Oz land and it was fantastic with laughter and music, we saw Flo in Chicago 10 years ago now & again had a wonderful time with all our family together now with Ed making wonderful music up in heaven love you - your extended Aussie Family xx
  • Janet Hartsfield O'Shea

    on 03/27/18

    So sorry to read about your Mom. She seemed like a great and talented women. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
  • Christine De Muri

    on 03/31/18

    Florence was my dad's first cousin (Tony De Muri) she was a true De Muri and one of a kind! We will always love and remember her! All our love, Christine, Alfred, Manuela (in Italy) and Bianca (Canada)
  • R. Ross

    on 04/26/18

    My sincere condolences to the Baldacci and DeMuri Familes for the loss of your precious love one Florence. May our loving Heavenly Father, Jehovah continue to provide your family the strength to endure and comfort from the marvelous hope of life soon without any pain, sorrow, suffering or death found at Isaiah 25:8, Acts 24:15, and Revelation 21:4.
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