Charles M. BatchaRead More
Retired chief train dispatcher for NJ Transit, beloved father and grandfather who tended to his rose bushes in Dunellen
Charles M. Batcha, 78, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J.
Charlie was born in Plainfield, N.J., to the late Charles P and Rose (Pasek) Batcha. A lifelong resident of Dunellen, N.J., he moved to Point Pleasant, N.J., in 2015.
Upon graduating from Dunellen High School in 1959, he went to work for Art Color in Dunellen. It was then that he received a higher calling, and became a member of the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis at Mount Alverno, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was known as Brother Bonaventure. He was the head cook for over 150 brothers and boys for nine years.
Upon completion of his journey, he returned to Dunellen and worked as a tower-man and train dispatcher for the Central Railroad of N.J., as well as Conrail. He finished his railroad career working for N.J. Transit Rail Operations as chief train dispatcher on June 14, 2002, with a total of 32 years of railroad service.
Charlie was a member of the choir at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Dunellen for many years. He was a member of the CNJ Veterans Association. He was an avid gardener with over 100 rose bushes. Charlie loved to sing and dance, especially the jitterbug and the polka, but his greatest joy came from spending time with his family.
Besides his parents, Charlie was predeceased by his loving wife, Zdena, in 2014, as well as by his brother, James E. Batcha. He is survived by his adoring children, daughter, Jean Marie Adolf and her husband, Chris, of Point Pleasant, and his son, Thomas Batcha of Point Pleasant. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Hayley, Sydnie and Ashlee, as well as by his sister-in-law, Vera Buchtova of the Czech Republic.
Friends may visit the family on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 3 to 5 and from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave. in Dunellen. A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m., at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Dunellen. Cremation will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations are asked in Charlie's name to the Parkinson's Foundation at www.parkinson.org.