Arlene O. Battisfore

April 29, 1924November 25, 2012
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Arlene Olga Battisfore, age 88, formerly of Waukegan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at the Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, WI, after a lengthy illness. She was born on April 29, 1924, in Kenosha, WI, to her parents Otto and Olga (nee Zander) Lindelof. For the last one-and-a-half years, Arlene resided and received loving care at the Carey Manor Assisted Living Home in Pleasant Prairie, WI. While attending high school in Kenosha, Arlene worked at her parents' restaurant, Lindy's Lunch, on Washington St. in Waukegan, where she met the love of her life, Howard Battisfore. Arlene and Howard were married on February 9, 1943, in St. Louis, MO. The next day, Howard joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, later transferring to the Army in Europe during World War II. Upon his return, Arlene and Howard raised their family of 3 children. Besides being a mother and homemaker, Arlene was employed at the Waukegan News-Sun in the Circulation Department, a job she loved and remained at for many years. Arlene was a decades-long active member of the Waukegan Chapter of the Women of the Moose, where she rose through the ranks and proudly attained the position of Senior Regent. In the years that followed, she also earned recognition for the Women of the Moose Academy of Friendship and the College of Regents. She was also active in the American Legion Homer Dahringer Post Women's Auxiliary, and the Swedish Glee Club. Most recently, she, along with Howard, have been members of the Vintage Auto Group of Kenosha social club. Arlene enjoyed traveling the U.S., especially in making repeat visits to Florida, Colorado and other western states. But her greatest pleasure was found in hosting family gatherings at Christmas and for other important family occasions. Arlene is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Howard; her daughter Linda (Glenn, Sr.) Holmes of The Villages, FL; and sons James (the late Claudette) Battisfore, Sr., of Waukegan and John (Cheryl) Battisfore of Winthrop Harbor, IL. In addition, Arlene is survived by her beloved grandchildren James (Kari) Battisfore, Jr., of Kenosha, WI; Brian (Karen) Battisfore of Round Lake Park, IL; Glenn Holmes, Jr., of Hainesville, IL; Matthew (Mi Chong) Holmes of Acworth, GA; Jami (Tommy) Feltner of Brownstown, IL; Lisa (Vat) Jovanovski of Minneapolis, MN; and Rebecca Battisfore of Winthrop Harbor, IL. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; son William; grandson John Kenton Battisfore; brother Laurence Lindelof; daughter-in-law Claudette Battisfore; and step-sisters Lida, Isabelle, and Goldie. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the MARSH FUNERAL HOME OF GURNEE, 305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the funeral home, following a 10:00am visitation. She will be laid to rest at the North Shore Garden of Memories in North Chicago, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the 'Help Them to Hope Fund' c/o The Lake County News-Sun, 1225 Tri-State Parkway, Suite 520, Gurnee, IL 60031. For additional funeral information: 847-336-0127.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, December 1, 2012

Arlene O. Battisfore

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December 5, 2012

Jim and family, we just learned of your Mothers death. Sorry we missed the services. Woudl have loved to be there with you.
Blaine & Phyllis Brauck

Jack Pettit

December 3, 2012

Howard, sorry to read about Arlene's passing. My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

Eric, Tammy and Lonna Ahlstrom

December 2, 2012

Uncle Howie, so sorry to hear about Aunt Arlene, we will always remember her...

Eric, Tammy and Lonna Ahlstrom

December 2, 2012

Uncle Howie, so sorry to hear about Aunt Arlene, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

November 30, 2012

Howard and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tom and Jane Penttinen

Penny O'Donnell

November 29, 2012

Dear Howard and family, I'm saddened to hear of Arlene's passing. I remember you from when we lived next door to you on Washington Street in the 50's. Linda and I were great friends, and I admired Jimmy's yoyo collection. Arlene was such a nice lady, and we used to try her patience by roller skating around the kitchen table. I'm living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and noticed that Linda is in The Villages. I hope we can get together sometime. You and your family are in my prayers. Penny (Winters) O'Donnell, daughter of Harold and Mildred Winters.

November 29, 2012

John, Sorry for your loss, Jan & Jeff Sprenger, Lake City, FL

Joe Knobbe

November 29, 2012

I remember Arlene fondly. I worked in the circulation department at the News-Sun when i was in high school and Arlene was one of the people who trained me and supervised my work. She was always cheerful and friendly and I'm sure he family misses here dearly.

Bremda Carey-Mielke

November 28, 2012

Dear Howard and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a pleasure knowing Arleen and helping her in her journey. She is at peace and in God's grace.