Sharon Bates, 1945-2015

Published 9:00 am Sunday, June 14, 2015

Memorial services for Sharon (Bauers) Bates, 69, of LeHigh, Iowa, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lunder Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Bill Peters will officiate. Interment will be in Lunder Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Sharon Bates

Sharon Bates

Sharon died peacefully Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sharon was born Sept. 21, 1945, to William and Irene (Schreiber) Bauers. She grew up in the Albert Lea area and graduated from Albert Lea High School. She married Paul Isaacson on July 14, 1966. They had two children, Angie and Jason. They were later divorced. She then married Henry Bates on Oct. 24, 1981. They had three children, Patrick, Amber and Crystal.

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She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Burnside, Iowa. She was involved in the quilters club and various Bible studies. She enjoyed coffee and playing cards with her friends. She loved spending time with her family, cooking for everyone and helping anyone in need.

Survivors include her daughter, Angie (Dale) Cheney, of Mason City, Iowa; son, Jason (Beth) Isaacson, of Glenville; daughters Amber Bates of Lehigh and Crystal Bates of Mason City; grandchildren Desiree LaVoy (boyfriend, Julian), Emerald Cheney (boyfriend, Brandon), Shalin Hoelscher (boyfriend, Alan), William, Addie and Abraham Isaacson and Kylie Scranton; great-grandchildren Ruby Mora and Baby Hendrickson; siblings Grace (Woody) Woodcox, Herman (Meri) Bauers, William (Kay) Bauers and Debbie (Larry) Struck; boyfriend, John Cole; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sharon was preceded in death by her son, Patrick; husband, Henry; her parents; brother, Norman Bauers; sister-in-law, Janice Bauers; and former husband, Paul Isaacson.