The funeral service for Marion E. Bateman, 87, of Stewartville, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Stewartville United Methodist Church with Pastor Jon Marburger officiating. Burial will follow in Frankford Cemetery in rural Spring Valley. Mrs. Bateman died on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, of natural causes at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth in Rochester, where she had been a resident since 2015.
Marion Elaine Bale was born Sept. 26, 1932, in Salem Township, Olmsted County to Donald and Anna (Peterson) Bale. She grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools and graduated from Byron H.S. in 1950.
Marion was married on Aug. 5, 1954, at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell to Lyle Bateman. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Rochester and then rural Rochester for a number of years. Marion was a homemaker and was employed as a service coordinator for 3M in its Rochester office for a number of years. Lyle was a firefighter in Rochester for 28 years until his retirement in 1979 and co-owned a fence installation business, which he helped operate for a few years. The Batemans moved to Stewartville in 1999, where they made their home for a number of years. Mr. Bateman died on Sept. 7, 2012.
Marion was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church and volunteered with its Ladies Aid. She was a past member of The Red Hat Society and the Elks both in Rochester and the Stewartville Lioness chapter. She was an avid 4-H leader with the Salem Sailors and enjoyed horseback riding with Lyle when they lived in rural Rochester, league bowling and golfing. She was an avid shopper and an excellent cook and baker who enjoyed entertaining in her home especially during the holidays. Marion loved time spent with family, especially with her grandson and great-grandchildren.
Marion is survived by one grandson, Phillip (Juanita); and three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Devon and Jaden of rural Byron; two brothers, Kenneth Bale of rural Rochester, and Gareld (Mable) Bale of rural Byron; and sister-in-law, Joan Bale of Rochester; and her nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; and their son, Daniel; her parents and brother, Robert Bale.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Marion's family suggests memorials to Rochester Paws and Claws, your local 4-H Chapter, or the Stewartville United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Marion are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.