James V. Batzko, 76


James V. Batzko of Port Washington, formerly of Cedarburg, passed 
away Tuesday morning, April 12, 2011, at Columbia St. Mary’s, Ozaukee 
Campus. He was 76 years old.

Jim was born May 31, 1934, in Milwaukee, the son of Luke and Mary 
Pikalek Batzko.  After graduating from Rufus King High School in 
1952, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. On Oct. 15, 
1960, he was united in marriage with JoAnn Zeps at St. Agnes Church 
in Milwaukee, and the couple moved to Cedarburg in 1971. She preceded 
him in death in 1986. For 38 years, Jim worked at Evinrude Motors in 
Milwaukee. He retired in 1990 as a supervisor.

Jim was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. After 
retirement, Jim enjoyed spending his free time fishing at his cabin 
in Boulder Junction.

Jim is survived by his four children, John (Barbara) Batzko of 
Cedarburg, Donna Rae "Dorie" (Derek Carlson) Batzko of Erie, Pa., 
James (Susan) Batzko of Sussex and Leanne (Jason Cowley) Batzko of 
Portland, Ore. He is further survived by 12 grandchildren, Gabrielle 
and Natalie Batzko, Tristan, Aidan, Alida, Kilian, Ian and Anwen 
Carlson, Blake, Bryce and Brady Batzko and Henry Cowley; one sister, 
Marian Marko of Marco Island, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, 
Emily Batzko of Milwaukee, Arthur James of Mequon, Paul (Anita) Zeps 
of Florida, Fr. Michael Zeps of Milwaukee, David (Margaret) Zeps of 
Portland, Ore., Philip Zeps of Black River Falls, Veronica (Ronald) 
Pruhs of Cleveland, Wis., Mary Leiker of Santa Rosa, Calif., Kathy 
(Gary) Jonas of Fort Atkinson, Christine (Robert) Cattani of Indiana; 
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; brother, William Batzko; 
and sisters, Hedwig Widholm, Elizabeth James, Margaret Wiegers, Helen 
Moore, Theresa Vogl and Joanne Batzko.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at St. 
Francis Borgia Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg. 
Father Michael Zeps will officiate. Jim will be laid to rest beside 
his wife at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery. The family will receive 
visitors at the church on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. In 
lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ozaukee County Humane 
Society.

The Eernisse Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Cedarburg, is 
assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be 
left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.