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Walter M. "Walt" Batzka
Birth: Apr. 25, 1901
San Pierre
Starke County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1978
Porter County
Indiana, USA

My maternal grandfather

My grandpa was a very funny man as you can see in the photos. He was known as "The Mayor" of Wanatah. Actually Wanatah was too small for a mayor, but he was so outgoing that the townspeople nominated him anyway. He could talk to anyone about anything and have a new friend for life.

My favorite thing about Grandpa was that he taught me how to play checkers. I have beaten everyone in my family because he taught me all the moves. All this before I was 10, the year I lost him, the first death I had ever really known...


Wanatah Modern Woodmen Name Officer Slate

WANATAH - The Modern Woodmen have elected officers for 1966.
They are: consul, A. T. Rosenbaum; banker, Alfred Werner; clerk, Wilfred Werner; WATCHMAN, WALTER BATZKA; sentry, Carl Eckert; trustees, Fred Lawrence, Ernest Werner and William Werner; escort, Edwin Lawrence; and past consul, Frank Coplin.
These officers will be installed at the January 11 meeting.

Published in The Vidette-Messenger on Tuesday, January 4, 1966, pg. 3.


WANATAH - Walter Batzka, 77, of 405 N. Main St., Wanatah, died Tuesday morning at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso, following a brief illness.
He was born April 25, 1901, in San Pierre, and had resided here for 45 years, coming from San Pierre.
He was a retired farmer. He was married June 8, 1932, in Wanatah to Dora Werner, who survives. Also surviving are a daugher, Mrs. Bruce (Joan) Bogan and a son, Kenneth Batzka, both of Valparaiso; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Douglas of LaCrosse and Mrs. Lillian Hamay of Phoenix, AZ., and two brothers, Fred of North Judson and Art of Monticello.
Services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Salem United Church of Christ of which he was a member. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Wiesjahn Funeral Home, and at the church from 11 a.m. to the time of services Friday.
He was a member of the Farm Bureau and Woodman Lodge.

Obituary published in The Vidette-Messenger on April 26, 1978.

Family links: 
  Robert Batzka (1874 - 1948)
  Huldha Kalinke Batzka (1872 - 1920)
  Dora E. Werner Batzka (1901 - 1990)*
  Kenneth Edward Batzka (1935 - 2014)*
  Joan D. Batzka Bogan (1942 - 2003)*
  Walter M. Batzka (1901 - 1978)
  Dora Grace Batzka (1902 - 1971)*
  Arthur Phillip Batzka (1904 - 1988)*
  Frederick E. Batzka (1906 - 1986)*
  Lillian Erma Batzka Hamay (1907 - 1996)*
  Ruth Bernice Batzka Douglas (1910 - 1991)*
*Calculated relationship

Note: My grandparents were married June 8, 1932.
Salem United Church of Christ Cemetery
Porter County
Indiana, USA
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