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Rose M. Bates, 78

Posted on March 5, 2015

Rose Marie “Ree” Bates, of Bluffton passed away at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation. She was born in Bluffton April 14, 1936, to Augustus Leimgruber and Pansy (Nuding) Leimgruber.
Rose Marie married Robert Gene Bates Jan. 25, 1958, in Bluffton. She graduated from Bluffton High School in 1954 and from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Fort Wayne. She worked as an RN at Caylor-Nickel Hospital for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2002. After retirement Ree volunteered at the Bargain Hut in Bluffton and was active in a variety of charitable organizations. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was active in the woman’s group.
Rose Marie is survived by three sons, Michael (Beth) Bates of Indianapolis, David (Nancy) Bates of Bluffton, and Steven Bates of Bluffton; two daughters, Kathy (Duane) Scott of Bluffton and Karen (Michael) Holsinger of Kirklin; 13 grandchildren, Andrew, Abby, Susannah, Lydia, Phoebe, Jackson, Madeline, Trent, Jennifer, Carly, Morgan, Allie, and Kay Marie; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by a sister, Mary Ann Flowers of Bluffton.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Robert in 2012.
Calling hours are noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home and one hour prior to service Monday at the church. Rosary will follow the calling hours on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to St. Joseph Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made at www.thomarich.com.

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