Jean Jacquelin Batha (nee Otto)
July 14, 1927 - Feb. 11, 2009
Jean Jacquelin Batha (nee Otto) of Waukesha died unexpectedly at home Feb. 11, 2009, after being diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. Jean was born in Oconomowoc on July 14, 1927.
She was raised in Sussex and lived her whole life in Waukesha County. An honor graduate of Waukesha High School, she also graduated from Carroll College with honors. She married her true love, John V. Batha, on June 5, 1949. She had three children, Jane (John Spaulding), Joy (Joseph Smogor) and Joel (Kathy); two grandchildren, Vincent and Nicholas Rutzinski; and one beloved great-granddaughter, Ava.
After spending her childrenís formative years as an at-home mother, Jean earned her masterís degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She taught Spanish in the Waukesha School System for 17 years followed by a long and successful career as a Realtor for First Realty. Jean was on many boards of directors, including the Waukesha Landmarks Commission, YWCA and the Waukesha Civic Theatre; and she volunteered for local agencies, such as La Casa de Esperanza, Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Plowshare and Clothes for Kids, often using her fluent Spanish. Jean was recognized by Carroll College with the Community Service Award in 1996. Jean loved and was an accomplished world traveler and she was proud of the fact that she had visited all but two of the United States. Most recently Jean was a staunch member of the Democratic Party of Waukesha County, a flagrant "Red Hatter," a lover of jazz music and a passionate environmentalist. Her happiest moments were spent at the family cottage in Algoma.
Jean is survived by her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter; her brother, David Otto; and many close personal friends. She was pre-deceased by her husband, John; brother, Donal; and grandson, Vincent.
The family will visit with friends beginning at 1 p.m., and a celebration of Jeanís life will commence at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Humphrey Memorial Chapel at Carroll University, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha.
Many thanks to Dr. Michelle Agnew, the Waukesha Police Department and the Waukesha Fire Department for their compassionate assistance at this difficult time.
Memorials to the Waukesha Civic Theatre, the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Lorenaís School of Niquinohomo, Nicaragua, or the charity of the donorís choice would be appreciated.
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The Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-planning Services is serving the family. For further information, call 542-6609 or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence go to www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.