STRUTHERS, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Regina (Jean) M. Batcha. Born to eternal life Thursday, November 21, 2019
Our mother was a profoundly good woman. She was selfless, patient and kind. Mom had a full and adventure filled life. She accomplished everything on her bucket list.
Born and raised in Struthers, Ohio, she is the youngest daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Palatas.
She graduated as valedictorian of her Ursline High School graduating class.
Mom went on to earn dual Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Business Education, both Summa Cum Laude, as well as, a Master’s Degree in Education from Youngstown State University.
It was at YSU that she met Leonard Batcha, a 6’6” basketball player. Jean noticed Len in the school library and asked Len if he could reach a book for her from a very high shelf. Two years later they were married. They spent 53 wonderful years together. Jean and Len had four daughters, three collies, two bunnies and one Muchka (cat).
Mom was very proud of her Slovak heritage. She was a skilled Slovak cook; Holupki, lekvar, chrusciki and her specialty, kolachi–nut, apricot and poppy seed. Her kolachi was a requested favorite at family gatherings.
Mom’s passion was teaching as she loved helping others. She treasured every minute of her 47 year teaching career. Mom started teaching English and Business Education at East High School. In the late 1960s, she accepted the position of Cooperative Office Education Coordinator/Teacher at Warren Western Reserve High School. She held that position for the next 20 years.
After retiring from Western Reserve High School, she became a Professor of Business and Computer technology at Kent State University. Mom taught another 13 years at Kent State.
Over the course of her teaching career she was named a Jennings Scholar, Warren Teacher of the year 1982, Ohio State Educator of the Year 1986 and Teacher of the Year at Kent State University 2000.
Mom retired again in 2003.
One of her favorite things to do in retirement was to create special birthday and greeting cards. Some were pages long; each was customized for family or friends and included pictures, crossword puzzles she created, little poems she wrote and fun facts appropriate to the person and occasion. They are keepsakes. She spent hours getting each card just perfect.
Mom was adventurous and curious, always eager to learn new things and explore the world. She traveled to all 50 states and to six continents. She cracked open a watermelon on a big rock in the Rocky Mountains–something she wanted to do since she was a kid, she had an audience with the Pope, met the Queen, dove the Great Barrier Reef and cruised through the Panama Canal.
Mom loved Sinatra, Lawrence Welk, twirling the baton, Handel’s Chocolate Pecan Ice Cream, making lists and P.T. with Dr. Joe.
Mom and dad both instilled in their daughters a deep faith and a desire to learn, understand and appreciate their Catholic faith. Mom and dad lived the words of Saint Francis, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”
Mom had a life-long and beautiful devotion to the Blessed Mother. She died on the Feast of the Presentation of Mary. We will especially think of her when we hear the hymn Hail Holy Queen.
We love our mom so much and we miss her terribly. We are blessed to have her as our mother, teacher, mentor, and our biggest cheerleader.
Mom received the Apostolic Blessing. A Requiem Mass was held at Queen of the Holy Rosary church in Vienna. She is buried next to dad in All Souls Cemetery.
In memory of Jean, please offer your favorite prayer for the repose of her soul and perform a random act of kindness in her memory. She would love this and she would smile her bright, beautiful smile and say “that is just wonderful, thank you.”
Arrangements are being handled by Becker Funeral Homes.
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