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No service is scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in her honor to a nature conservation organization of your choice, as a tribute to her deep appreciation for the natural world.
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Mary Natvig, a devoted mother, loving wife, and talented artist, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2023 in Portage, Michigan at the age of 83. She was born in Pardeeville, Wisconsin on March 22, 1940, the daughter of Howard and Nellie Rousseau. Her early life was marked with much sadness and loss, which did not stop her from creating a life of vitality, healing and love on her own terms.
Mary’s life was marked by her dedication to her family and her deep love for nature. In 1959, she married her beloved Severt Natvig, a union that lasted for 47 years until Severt’s passing in 2006. Together, they built a loving home, raising four wonderful children who meant the world to her: Kevin Natvig, Renee (Cheryl) Natvig, Connie (Ignasi) Natvig, and Severt (Renita) Natvig. Mary’s wisdom and support helped shape her children into the remarkable individuals they are today. She is survived by her brother, Robert Rousseau, her four children, and three grandchildren, Lily Callen, Elisenda Lee-Palou and Ainsley Powers.
Nature held a special place in Mary’s heart. She found solace in the beauty of the great outdoors, whether it was the tranquility of a forest, the enjoyment of sprouting tomato plants, or the vibrant colors of blooming flowers. She was an avid nature enthusiast, and her family fondly remembers her enjoyment of trees and wildlife, instilling in them a deep appreciation for the environment.
Mary was not only a nature lover but also a gifted artist. Her talent for bringing life to oil painting and bronze sculpture was awe-inspiring. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Mary was known for her caregiving spirit. She selflessly extended a helping hand to those in need, offering comfort and support especially to the most vulnerable. She enthusiastically loved her dogs and any animals who came to her farm. Her compassion and empathy knew no bounds, and her kindness left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Mary Natvig’s passing leaves a void that cannot be filled, but her memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved her. Her family will forever be grateful for the love, joy, and inspiration she brought into their lives.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in her honor to a nature conservation organization of your choice, as a tribute to her deep appreciation for the natural world.
Mary’s spirit will continue to thrive in the beauty of nature and the art she created, as well as in the hearts of those she touched. May she rest in eternal peace.