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Irene Frances Bates, 93, Austin

Published 10:18am Friday, June 21, 2013

Irene Frances Bates, 93, of Austin, Minn., died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.

Irene was born May 5, 1920. She was a member and volunteer at St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include four children, Patricia (James) Hansen, Bruce (Dianne) Bates, Gary (Renae) Bates, David Bates; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sister, Helen; nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; and two granddaughters.

Special thanks to her niece, Marjorie Reutzel for all her kindness toward Irene. Thanks also to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home and the hospice ladies.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at

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