Irene T. Gates (nee Vettel), 82, of Elyria, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. She was born in Ashtabula on March 4, 1931 and had lived in Elyria for the past 47 years.
Irene had worked at EMH Healthcare in Elyria as a Medical Secretary for over 20 years. She was a member of St. Jude Parish in Elyria. Irene was a great water skier in her younger days, as well an avid roller skater. She roller skated until she was 70 years old. Irene enjoyed growing flowers and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, Wilbert Gates; children, Linda (Robert) Scheuer of Avon Lake, Michael Gates of Elyria, Mary Jean Gates of North Eaton and Mark Gates of Lorain; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; brothers, Jim Vettel of California, Al Vettel of North Eaton and Billy Vettel of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marla Gates; brother, Ray Vettel; sisters, Marge Tatum and Mary Brace; father, Milton Vettel and her mother, Helen (nee Kusick) Haskins.
Friends may call Friday, June 7, 2013 from 5 P.M. until the time of the Memorial Service at 6 P.M. at Wyers Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Sheffield Township.