CRYSTAL LAKE – Alex L. Batzkall, 86, of Crystal Lake, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Bickford Assisted Living Center, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Chicago on July 14, 1927, the son of Louis and Sylvia Batzkall. He married Helen Meredik on Aug. 26, 1950, at St. Fidelis Church in Chicago.
He was a World War II Army
veteran and past president of Strowger's Men's Club at GTE in Northlake. He enjoyed the horse races and considered himself an amateur handicapper and was a lifelong Cubs fan. Alex enjoyed all the activities and outings offered at the Bickford, where he was in charge of mail delivery and taking care of the birds. He loved gardening and spending time with his family and friends and will deeply be missed by all those who knew him.
Alex was the loving father of Nancy (William) Roeder of Sheboygan, Wis., and Cathy (Robert) Henleben of Lakewood; cherished Papa of Jessica (Terry) Hill and Doug and Laura Henleben; loving great-grandfather of Courtney, Natalie, Tony and Austin; fond brother of Rich, Bob, Rosemary Zienta and Delores Mack; and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 2004; and his brothers, Henry, Edward, Victor and Chester Batzkiel.
The visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Skaja Bachmann Funeral Home, 7715 W. Route 14, Crystal Lake. The funeral will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, proceeding to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church for the Mass celebration at 10 a.m.
Alex's family would like to send a special thank you to his extended family at Bickford Assisted Living Center in Crystal Lake for the exceptional care given to him for the past five years and the kindness extended to his family these difficult last weeks. A very special thank you to his wonderful doctor, Dr. Roseann Brady, and her great staff.
For information, call 815-455-2233 or visit www.skajafuneralhomes.com.