Whether enjoying life on the farm or reciting her favorite poems, Adeline Backe was true poetry in motion.
She was born and raised on a farm in Ross Township and lived her life on a farm, said her son, Kenneth Backe.
"Adeline was truly a farm woman."
Adeline M. Backe, 94, of Crown Point, died May 5.
In school, she memorized poetry and waxed poetic in the world of sports.
"She played basketball and ran some races in track," said her daughter, Patricia Christman.
During those years, she worked at Kitchell's Restaurant and Cabins, which served workers building the new Route 30 highway, her daughter noted.
Kenneth Backe said their mother met her future husband, Edward (deceased), when her first cousin married his first cousin.
While Edward grew crops in the fields, Adeline raised the family on the inside,
Kenneth Backe said, noting that she bore nine beautiful children, including four who died in childbirth.
Throughout her life, Backe continued to entertain everyone by reciting those poems, Christman said.
"She especially liked the poem, 'Trees,' by Joyce Kilmer."
Another daughter, Kathy Pasek, recalled their mother's love of music — especially ballads of the 1940s, which she taught to Kenneth.
"When he was five years old, they would sing together."
With a chuckle, Kenneth recalled that their mother, in her later years, developed a passion for jewelry on QVC, "and kept the post office busy with returns."
Backe and her husband were benefactors of the Franciscan Friary in Cedar Lake and Adeline also watched daily mass on EWTN, her son said.
Backe was an amazing woman who could handle life coming and going.
After all, as her children proclaimed, "She was able to recite the alphabet backwards."