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James Thomas “Jimmy” Batrus, 83, of Herndon, Va., formerly of Altoona, died peacefully Friday, May 20, 2022, at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Va., after a brief illness. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Thomas Abraham and the late Anna (Joseph) Batrus.
On June 12, 1960, he married Frieda Christodoulos at St. George’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Altoona. She predeceased him on July 16, 2015. The happy couple spent 55 wonderful years together.
He retired in October 2014 as Chef-Caterer on his own. Jimmy’s philosophy was “When you have a lemon, make lemonade” which he lived. Jimmy has had various jobs in his life, but he has always returned to food service. He started working for his father at Tom & Joe’s Diner in 1966 and returned there in 2014. In the meantime, he ran his own establishment, Batrus Grill, and started a successful restaurant business, Ala-Carte Catering. Jimmy also managed two local cafeterias at Veeder-Root Co. and Butterick Co. Inc.
He was proud to have organized the Railroad Picnic where he served over 2000 people and the 5 Day AAABA Baseball Tournament in 1977 when it was held in Altoona after the third Johnstown flood. Jimmy also had fond memories of the many After-Glos he hosted alongside his father.
He was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Altoona.
Jimmy graduated in 1958 from Altoona High School. He was an Eagle Scout as a child and loved drumming for DS Keith Junior High and Altoona Senior High School. He was a member of the PSU ROTC for a time as well as the Altoona Lions Club. Jimmy was proud to have hit a perfect game of 300. He enjoyed listening to jazz music, playing the harmonica, and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
He is survived by two children, Julie (John K.) Carbaugh of Herndon, Va., and James J. “JB” (Stephanie) Batrus of Altoona; two sisters: Donna Mae Guyer and Carol Sorchetti, both of Altoona. Jimmy is also survived by four grandchildren: Daniel J., Matthew J. and Sara E. Carbaugh and Olivia L. Batrus.
He was predeceased by one brother, George T. Batrus; and a sister, Jean P. Polignone.
Friends will be received from 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022 at Jones Funeral Home, Altoona, where a Trisagion service will be held at 6 p.m.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at St. George Orthodox Church, Altoona, with the Most Reverend Father Isaac Danevicias officiating.
Burial at Grandview Cemetery, Altoona.