Obituary of Rhonda Joy Batschelet
Rhonda Joy Batschelet, 65, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Friday morning, January 15, 2021 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital. She was born November 17, 1955 in Nevada, Mo., the daughter of Joy (Buhr) Belk and Larry Belk. She grew up in Adrian, Mo., and attended and graduated from the Adrian R-3 Schools. She was baptized into membership of the Adrian Christian Church in April of 1967. She married Gary Batschelet on June 5, 1987. They chose Clinton to raise their family and build a lifetime of memories. A community Rhonda loved and called HOME!! She was employed with the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital for 12 years, retiring in July 2018. Rhonda loved animals. She was always ready to help a homeless dog or cat, and was known to bring home a few through the years. It didn’t help that she would set out a bowl of milk or food for the wayward pet. She enjoyed music, especially Elvis, family backyard BBQ’s and 4th of July celebrations on booth road, the smell of a lilac bush in the spring and the smells of summer, while sitting on the front porch. She loved the Christmas tree, sometimes being accused of leaving up too long by her children, but she felt you could never have too much Christmas tree peace. But her favorite season was fall. Laughter was never sweeter than when shared with family and friends around a firepit or when playing Apples to Apples with her grandkids at the dining room table, and “that” look on her grandson Adam’s face when team Papa won! Rhonda loved sunsets and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, pausing to take in the beauty of nature. Above all else, Rhonda cherished her time with her family. Being a wife to Gary, Mom to Jennifer, Jeremy and Andrew, and being Nana. In addition to her husband Gary, surviving are one daughter, Jennifer Petry and husband Matt, Clinton, Mo.; two sons, Jeremy Bowman and wife Monica, Jefferson City, Mo., and Andrew Batschelet and wife Tiara, Madisonville, Kentucky; Nana to, Allison, Emma, Austin, Adam, Raegan, Blake, Whitney and Maverick; her mother, Joy (Buhr) Hill; beloved sisters, Kelly Talley and husband, Mitch, Adrian, Mo., and Marsha Talley, Adrian, Mo.; and her sisters by heart, Helen Heuser, Kim Willis and Rose Goth. She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Belk and her dad, Ralph Tourtillot. Graveside services will be scheduled for a later date. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Clinton Animal Shelter, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.