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Charles M "Charlie" Batcha

April 9, 1941 ~ August 27, 2019 (age 78)

Charles M. Batcha, 78, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ. Charlie was born in Plainfield to the late Charles P and Rose (Pasek) Batcha. A lifelong resident of Dunellen, he moved to Point Pleasant 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, OH where he was known as Brother Bonaventure. He was the head cook for over 150 brothers and boys for 9 years. Upon completion of his journey, he returned to Dunellen and worked as a Tower-Man and Train Dispatcher for the Central Railroad of NJ as well as Conrail. He finished his railroad career working for NJ 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 Pt. Pleasant, and his son Thomas Batcha of Pt. 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, September 3 from 3:00-5:00 and from 7:00-9:00pm at the Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave in Dunellen. A mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 4 at 10:00am 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

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