Obit: Gates, Lucille "Lucy" Marie (1936 - 2010) 

Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Gates, Reetz, Tresemer, Brown, Staffon, Opelt, Debee, Jury 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) June 9, 2010 

Gates, Lucille "Lucy" Marie (19 September 1936 - 6 June 2010) 

Lucille "Lucy" M. Gates, 73, of Black River Falls died Sunday, June 6, 2010, in her home. 

Lucille Marie Tresemer was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Clark County to Emil and Hattie (Reetz) Tresemer.  She attended Neillsville schools and graduated from Neillsville High School.  

She married John F. Gates Sept. 27, 1958, in Neillsville.  The couple lived in Neillsville and Humbird before settling in Black River Falls where they resided for most of their married lives.   

Lucy held many jobs in the downtown Black River Falls area.  She was first employed as a clerk at the Schultz Brothers Variety Store for 19 years, and then by the Sears Catalog Store and finally by Jubilee Foods, all of Black River Falls. 

She was a member of the Black River Falls United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed spending time with her two grandchildren, collecting owls, attending family outings and working crossword puzzles.   

Lucy was very devoted to her husband, John, and visited him daily at Family Heritage Care Center, Black River Falls, for the past three years.  

Survivors include her husband, John Gates of Black River Falls; a daughter, Debra Gates of Menomonie; a son, Todd (Lyn) Gates of Black River Falls; two grandchildren, Stacy Gates of Fulton, IL, and Matthew Gates of Black River Falls; three sisters, Evelyn Brown of Sedgwick, KS, and Dorothy Staffon and Carol (Gerald) Opelt both of Neillsville; two brothers, Ed (Nancy) Tresemer of Neillsville and Rolland Tresemer of Springfield, MO; a special family friend, Lori Debee; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. 

Lucy  was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Gertrude ‘Gertie’ and Susie. 

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2010, at the United Methodist Church and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, both in Black River Falls.  Pastor Kathleen Jury will officiate.  

Friends and family members are invited for visitation from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2010, at the church.  

The Buswell Funeral Home of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Online condolences are available at  



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