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Charles Bata Jr.

Charles J. Bata Jr., 90, of Kensal, N.D., died Sunday, October 20, 2019, in Grand Forks.

Charles was born on May 25, 1929, the son of Charley and Alvina (Pitra) Bata. He married Jane Holmen on June 12, 1954. They were married for 65 years at the time of his death.

Charles served in the U.S. Army from April 1953 through October 1954. After being discharged, he and Jane returned to Kensal to work with his father on the family farm. The farm, located seven miles northwest of Kensal, was home to the couple until they moved to Grand Forks in February.

They had two children, Janet (Greg) DeVillers and Jeff (Shelley) Bata.

The family farm was Charles’ passion. When he wasn’t working the fields, repairing machinery or tending to cattle, Charles loved attending auction sales (the John Deere brand was his preference) and talking farming with his brother, Gary, and his brothers-in-law. He enjoyed playing cards and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s school activities. He was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church, where he served on the building committee, and was on the Bucephalia Township Board for 26 years.

He is survived by his wife, two children and their spouses; grandchildren Missy (Joey) Miedema, Brian DeVillers, Carrie (Mike) Riske, Stefanie (Todd) Geatz, Brandon (Alicia) Bata, Brittany (Shane) Primeau and Nick Bata; and great-grandchildren Mariah and McKinley Bata, Charlie and Maggie Miedema, Jack and Ian Riske, Max, Zach and Gabby Geatz and Asher and Everett Primeau. He also is survived by sisters JoAnn Somsen, Jamestown, Frances Dahl, Cooperstown, and Helen Schlotman, New Rockford, and sister-in-law Doreen Sutterfield, Springfield, Mo.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gary, sisters Rose Somsen, Arlene Page, Val Bata and Maxine Baker, sister-in-law Mildred Bata and brothers-in-law David Somsen, Obert Somsen, Ralph Schlotman, Clifford Dahl, Marion Baker and Jerry Page.

Visitation will be Friday, 5:00PM-7:00PM followed by a Rosary Service and Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at St. John’s Catholic Church, Kensal.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 26, 1:30PM at St. John’s Catholic Church, Kensal.

Burial will be at the Kensal Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Jeff, sending condolences to you from Grafton. As, I read about your father, I was reminded of the legacy he has left for you and your families. Generation to generation on a family farm, planting the seeds in the field and instilling the good life of living on a farm. May you have many wonderful memories to share with your families. Thinking of you on the loss of your father.

  2. Sending prayers of comfort to you all. With love from the Wentworth family – Ed, Maureen, Estella, and Franklin.

  3. so sorry to see Chuck has passed away. I am living in G F so we should try to get together.

  4. Our condolences and prayers of Peace to your family from the Leonard Norheim family.


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