Corrine Nelson Batzel |

Corrine Nelson Batzel

Born in Hobart, Ind., April 12, 1920, to Esther and Ernest Nelson, Corrine Batzel died May 14, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Virginia, in Castle Rock. She was 89.

A memorial service was held on May 21 in Glenwood Springs at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Corrine was a resident of Glenwood for 33 years.

Corrine was married on Sept. 24, 1938, to William Batzel, who preceded her in death along with their son, Bruce.

She is survived by her twin sister, Olive Lee Olsen of Eugene, Ore., and four children; a son, John (Judy) Batzel of Chicago; daughter Virginia (Ken) Walton Scally of Castle Rock; son Keith (Sandra) Batzel of New Carlisle, Ind.; and daughter Marlene Scott (Johnny) Russell of Battlement Mesa. She also is survived by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Corrine was valedictorian of her Portage High School graduating class of 1938, where she played jump center for the women’s basketball team and cello in the school orchestra. Along with other young women in her class, she saw all of their male classmates go to war and she has faithfully supported the Disabled American Veterans all of her life.

Corrine and Bill raised their family in Hobart. As members of the Presbyterian Church, she helped with the youth program, sang in the choir and taught sewing and other domestic skills to women in the inner city of Gary, Ind. She was an active mom in the Hobart High School Band Mothers Association and was responsible for fitting the uniforms. She encouraged her children to appreciate music and fine arts.

She also was a 4-H Club leader and member of the Home Demonstration Club. Many of the neighbors on Home Avenue will remember the good smell and taste of her homemade, whole-wheat bread served warm and fresh out of the oven.

Corrine was actively involved in the community in Glenwood Springs as a volunteer with RSVP in various projects, including book bags for the reading program, dispatcher for the “Traveler” and she decorated the tables at the “Chat ‘n’ Chew” lunches. She also was a seven-plus year volunteer for the Frontier Historical Museum. In 2005 she received the Presidential Volunteer Award.

Along with her mother, Esther, she actively participated in the Helping Hands ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She loved her friends at the church, and she loved the opportunity to serve others.

For the past two and a half years she has lived in Castle Rock with her daughter, Virginia, and son-in-law, Ken, and also her granddaughter, Anne Duncan. Thursday morning, May 14, was a beautiful sunny Colorado morning. Corrine passed away peacefully in the arms of her daughter, Virginia, to whom her last words were, “Thanks.”

She will be missed greatly by all of her loving family who are thankful for all that she has done for them.

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