HANNACROIX – At the age
of 86 Stephen J. Batza has left us to hold God’s hand in eternal
rest on Thursday, December 4, 2008. Born July 1, 1922 to his late
parents John and Anastasia (Guzy) Batza in Watervliet Stephen was
destined to lead a very fulfilling and ambitious life. After losing
his father at the age of 8, Stephen grew into a glorious young man.
He raised chickens to butcher for the citizens of Watervliet that
grew into his own grocery store when he was fresh out of high
school. After that Stephen decided to join the Army during WWII.
Stephen was honorable discharged due to illness after serving less
than a year. Upon his return home he found work at NBC (National
Bread Co.) delivering bread in Greene County. During this time is
when he almost ran into his loving wife Elsie Grace Albright,
literally with the bread truck. Stephen and Elsie were married May
5, 1946 and together they embarked on their own journey. They owned
a restaurant and cabins on Route 9W in Hannacroix. They built the
Hannacroix Hardware Store and the Post Office. After all of that
work they took some time off to tour the country. When they
returned home they opened the locksmith shop behind Albright’s
Garage and Stephen has worked there until just recently.
Stephen was well
known for his hard work, beautiful handcrafted cabinetry, his smile
and laugh and his stories of the good old days. Stephen has touched
so many and will never be forgotten.
Stephen is survived
by his beloved wife of 62 years, Elsie Grace Batza; sister,
Marjorie Poulin; children, John (Donna) Batza, Joseph (Denise)
Batza and Joyce (Richard) Recor; his grandchildren who he loved
dearly, Jennifer, David, Stephen, Michael and Amy; and many other
relatives and friends.
will be held 11 AM Monday, December 8th at the Congregational
Christian Church, Ravena. Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn
Cemetery, New Baltimore. Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral
Home, Ravena on Sunday from 2 to 5 PM.
contributions in Stephen’s name to the Congregational Christian
Church, 175 Main St., Ravena, NY 12143 or to Community Hospice of
Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.