2018-02-22 / Local News

Lou Batori, county’s oldest resident, dies at the age of 107


LOU BATORI is shown in 2014 kissing his wife, Judith, at their Glen Arbor residence. Judith was 95 at the time. LOU BATORI is shown in 2014 kissing his wife, Judith, at their Glen Arbor residence. Judith was 95 at the time. Leelanau County’s oldest citizen — and one of its most polite — has died at the age of 107.

Lou Batori, known as an ageless skier who last year took to the slopes at Crystal Mountain, has died. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Judith.

In recent years Mr. Batori was residing at Tendercare in Suttons Bay, but he and Judy lived most of their long retirement in their home kitty-corner to Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor.

Speaking during a 2014 interview with the Enterprise, Batori said, “Living in Glen Arbor, an isolated geographic area where people are still people, where neighbors are still neighbors, definitely adds to the pleasures of life. People help each other without asking for help. We’re very fortunate that people are very good to us.”

Batori credited his longevity to exercise — he once made daily biking trips around Glen Lake — and enjoying every minute of life. He and Judy once made epic journeys across the country on their motorcycle with a side car.

His family escaped Eastern Europe as dictators were taking control of private industry prior to World War II, and regrouped in America. Batori attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and fulfilled a career in engineering.

Asked to explain the changes he had seen during his life in America, he replied, “I think Americans are becoming too commercial. The dollar sign is too prevalent. In Stowe (Vermont, where the Batoris once skied), the mighty dollar sign wiggled its head and it wasn’t Stowe anymore. That’s because we are overpopulated, over eating and over everything.”

Surprisingly, no records are kept by the state of Michigan to determine the state’s oldest living residents. It is known that Batori was the oldest living resident of Leelanau County.

The Enterprise has not received an obituary for Mr. Batori.

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