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In Memory of Irene Faye Bakker

May 22, 2013

Irene Faye Bakker 
Irene Faye Bakker
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Tracy Lutheran Church.
1931 - Irene Faye Bakker - 2013

Irene Faye Bakker was born February 28, 1931 to Azro A. and Della (Greenman) Daniels in Tracy, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1949. As a young woman, Irene worked as a bookkeeper for Stonehill Creameries in Tracy. In 1950 Irene married Melvin Clark and they made their home on a farm near Revere, Minnesota. They moved to Tracy in the early 1950's and then on to several other communities in Minnesota, Iowa, California and Colorado before moving to Chandler, Minnesota in 1967. During their marriage, Irene and Melvin had five children, one girl who passed away a day after childbirth and four sons. In 1971, Irene married Guys Bakker and they made their home on a farm near Chandler. Irene continued her education and received an Associates Degree in Accounting. Irene and Guys adopted eight special needs children and moved to a farm near Garvin, Minnesota in 1979. They moved their family to a home in Tracy in 1982, where Irene remained living after her husband's death in 2005. In 2010 Irene married Albert Dalle and they made their home at Irene's house in Tracy. Over the years Irene worked for NSP in Tracy, Minnesota as an office clerk; at the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Minnesota as a nurses aid; she did accounting and taxes from her home; and she did housework and child care for many friends and neighbors. Irene authored and published seven books, had countless poems that were published, she wrote a song that was made into a record, and was a greeting card writer. She was an advocate for the handicapped and less fortunate her whole life, giving of whatever she had or could to many. Irene was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tracy and served as an elder, taught Sunday School, and was also active in the church women's groups in years past. Irene enjoyed gardening, both vegetable and flowers, fishing, baking, collecting antiques and other things, such as spoons, and letter writing and staying in touch with many family and friends. After a courageous battle with cancer, Irene, 82, died at her home, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.

Irene is survived by her husband Albert Dalle,Tracy, MN; six sons: Jerry (Valerie Van Meveren) Clark, Ivanhoe, MN, Lonnie (Vicki) Clark, Chandler, MN, Michael (Dory) Clark, Tracy, MN, Danny (Laurie) Clark, Ruthton, MN, Jeffrey Bakker, Marshall, MN and Brian Bakker, Tracy, MN; five daughters: Abby, Holly, Stephanie, Suzanne and Cheri Lyn Bakker, all of Tracy, MN; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; Albert's children: seven daughters: Mary Dalle, North Augusta, GA, Loretta (Eugene) Ivy, Austin, TX, Geri (Dale) Johnson, Lakeville, MN, Cheryl (Kevin) DeJaeghere, Sioux Falls, SD, Denise (Gregg) Poskas, Elko, MN, Gloria Poulos, Mankato, MN and Regina (Dan) Casper, Dodge City, KS; four sons: John (Lupe') Dalle, Roger Dalle and David Dalle, all of Marshall, MN, and Greg (Michelle) Dalle, Raymond, MN; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Pool, Tracy, MN; two brothers: Amos (Jeri) Daniels and Andy (Shirley) Daniels, both of Tracy, MN; nieces, nephews, and many very good friends who were like family to Irene.

Both of her parents; her husband Guys Bakker; two daughters: Betsy Bakker and Mary Dell Clark; stepson Gerard Dalle; two brothers: Edward and Archie Daniels; two sisters: Evelyn Swanjord and Nellie Whiteside; and one nephew Todd Pool preceded her in death.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Tracy Lutheran Church. Interment in the Tracy City Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at

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