Alice M. Gates

Oct. 6, 1927 – May 13, 2012

Alice M. Gates of Waukesha passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family at LindenGrove of Waukesha on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the age of 84. Alice was born in Hatley on Oct. 6, 1927, the daughter of Bernard and Martha Yach. Alice married Ralph Gates, and they had five children together. Alice was self-employed as a seamstress, making custom drapes for many years. She was a dedicated member of St. William Catholic Church in Waukesha for more than 60 years, where she was a Christian Mother and a longtime volunteer at LindenGrove of Waukesha. More than anything, Alice loved spending time with her family.

She will be dearly missed by her children, David (Donna) Gates of Libertyville, Ill.; Darryl (Sue) Gates of Springfield, Mo.; Dean (Kathy) Gates of Wauwatosa; and Dana Gates of Waukesha; her six grandchildren, Alex, Katie, Morgan, Megan, Laura and Deborah; her nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Myron (Jeanne) Yach of Milwaukee and Ronald (Mary) Yach of West Plains, Mo.; a sister, Janice (Dick) Decker of Indiana; and many family and friends.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; a son, Daniel; her parents; two brothers, Leander and Irving; and her sisters, Bernita, Gladys and Delia.

A visitation for Alice will be from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Mass of Christian Burial for Alice will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188 (please meet at the church). Burial will immediately follow the Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Waukesha. In lieu of flowers, masses in Alice’s name are appreciated.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.