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Irene Agnes Keller Backes
Birth: Nov. 11, 1904
Renville County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 1986
Ward County
North Dakota, USA

Irene Agnes Backes, 82, of Glenburn died Saturday, December 27 in a Minot hospital.

She was born November 11, 1904, the 10th child born to John and Margaret (Sauer) Keller, near Foxholm and was reared and educated in the Foxholm-Glenburn area. The farmstead she grew up on was flooded out when Lake Darling was created.

On November 25, 1924, she married Leonard Backes, a neighbor boy, in St. Henry's Catholic Church, rural Glenburn. In the spring after their marriage they moved to a farm near Glenburn in Renville County. On this farm they raised a family of six children. In 1945 they opened the Backes Grocery and Locker plant in Glenburn and she was very active in the business for 25 years.

Two of their children died in the service of their country. Lt. Harold J Backes died in 1955 in a Naval jet crash. Lt. Commander Merle "Bud" Backes died in 1965 when he was killed parachuting from his stricken jet.

Leonard died September 12, 1977, and she had since lived in Glenburn where she spent virtually all of her life.

She had been very active in Glenburn Senior Citizens and St. Philomena's Church and had been treasurer of the church cemetery for many years.

Survivors: daughter, Estelle Hohman; sons, Richard, Orlin and Roger; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of the John Keller family of 11 children.
Family links: 
  John Keller (1855 - 1939)
  Margaret Sauer Keller (1863 - 1927)
  Leonard Peter Backes (1898 - 1977)*
  Richard John Backes (1925 - 2000)*
  Merle Edward Backes (1929 - 1965)*
  Harold Joseph Backes (1931 - 1955)*
  Mathilda Elizabeth Keller Bloms (1885 - 1956)*
  Elizabeth Keller (1887 - 1887)*
  Margaret Barbara Keller Bloms (1888 - 1982)*
  John Mathias Keller (1891 - 1962)*
  Mary Ann Keller Gruntjes (1893 - 1974)*
  Gertrude Catherine Keller Schmitz (1895 - 1969)*
  William Joseph Keller (1898 - 1918)*
  Philip Keller (1900 - 1901)*
  Cecelia Agnes Keller Clementich (1902 - 1942)*
  Irene Agnes Keller Backes (1904 - 1986)
  Marie de la Salette (Adeline) Keller (1908 - 1947)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Philomena Catholic Cemetery
Renville County
North Dakota, USA
Maintained by: Brian Backes
Originally Created by: Herb Schwede
Record added: Feb 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13266099
Irene Agnes <i>Keller</i> Backes
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Irene Agnes <i>Keller</i> Backes
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