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