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Dianne Bates

d. December 28, 2016

A memorial mass celebrating the life of Dianne Bates will be held Tuesday January 3rd at 11:00 AM at Saint Augustine’s Catholic Church in Austin. The Rev. Jim Steffes will be the celebrant. Burial of the urn will occur in Spring 2017 at Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Bates, 73, of Austin, died Wednesday December 28, 2016 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin. Dianne Marie Boucsein was born September 9, 1943 in Spring Valley, Minnesota, the daughter of Fred and Alice (Malloy) Boucsein. Raised in Spring Valley, she was a graduate of the public schools there. Following graduation she began working at Mayo Clinic. She married Bruce Bates on September 7, 1963 in Spring Valley. From 1963 to 1965 the couple resided in North Carolina, where Bruce was stationed while serving his country. The couple returned to Minnesota, and Dianne worked at the front desk of the Red Cedar Inn. She eventually returned to the Mayo Clinic. She will also be remembered as the “noon lady” at the Neveln and Lincoln grade schools. Dianne enjoyed knitting afghans, hats, and mittens, sitting in the sun and reading, square dancing, and camping. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Bates of Austin; her children, Jeff Bates and Darcy of Austin, Brenda Finley of Austin, Melissa Willert of Blooming Prairie, and Tyler Bates of Albert Lea; 7 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Sharon (Jerry) Balbach of Spring Valley, Fred (Bernetta) Boucsein of Byron, Pat (Bob) Blahnik of Spring Valley, and Kathy (Billy) Glovier of Abingdon, Virginia. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Danielle Bates. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin, and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Online tributes are being welcomed, and may be written at

Service Information


Monday, January 2 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mayer Funeral Home
600 2nd Street NW P.O. Box 27
Austin MN 55912


Tuesday, January 3 2017
11:00 AM

St. Augustine Catholic Church
405 4th Street NW
Austin MN 55912

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