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Gertraud "Gertrude" Batten


Gertraud "Gertrude" Batten

Dec. 4, 1927-Jan. 28, 2011

Gertraud "Gertrude" Batten, 83, died peacefully Jan. 28, 2011, at her Eagle River home, surrounded by her children, after a short battle with leukemia.

Gertrude was born Dec. 4, 1927, in Vienna, Austria, as an only child to Leopold and Therese Hofeneder. She grew up in Vienna during World War II and later pursued a degree there in business.

On Oct. 10, 1951, she married U.S. Army soldier Beryl Richard Batten at Fort Devens, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Batten traveled across the United States, being stationed at five different posts, ending in Fort Richardson, in 1966. Together they had seven children, all raised in Eagle River. She considered her children her greatest accomplishment.

After her retirement from the Anchorage School District, she secured a position as an executive secretary for the International Atomic Energy Agency with the United Nations in Vienna.

Gertrude thoroughly enjoyed spending time in her backyard, traveling throughout Europe, listening to classical music and attending cultural events. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family, making new memories and sharing past stories. As a longtime member of the "Deutsche Freunde," she annually hosted the summer picnic.

She is survived by her children, Tom Batten of Anchorage, Edith Mills and husband Dirk of Sonoita, Ariz., Peggy Miller of Lake Oswego, Ore., Katherine Kale and husband Bernie of Chugiak, Barbara Yelverton and husband Chris of Chugiak, Dorothy Vann and husband Chris of Anchorage and Chrissy Eichholz and husband Jeff of Anchorage; 11 grandchildren, Bridgette Phillips, Gretchen Courtney, Christian Yelverton, John Miller, Natalie Renstrom, Sara Allwood, Bernie Kale, Stefanie Mills, Paul Miller, Anthony Miller and Carsten Eichholz; and nine great-grandchildren and three on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Beryl Batten. She will be interred in Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Cancer Research at Providence Foundation, P.O. Box 196604, Anchorage 99519.

A celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, February 3, 2011.