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Alice R. Natowich

1920 - 2015 BRATTLEBORO Alice R. Natowich, 94, resident of Brattleboro since 1945, died peacefully on Feb. 25, 2015. Alice was a beautiful, kind woman, full of compassion. Alice was born in Shelton, CT on June 30, 1920, the daughter of David Carroll and Alice (Cribbins) Regan. She attended St. Joseph's Catholic Grammar School and graduated from Shelton High School in 1939. In 1942 Alice graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford, CT as a registered nurse. While at St. Francis she was given an award for her excellence in clinical nursing service. Alice began her nursing career at St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, CT. In 1945 Alice moved to Brattleboro with her husband, Andrew, and worked at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for 30 years as a staff nurse, nurse manager, supervisor and director of nursing. Alice enjoyed baking, reading, watching re-runs of "Murder She Wrote", doting on her cat, Vettie, and canning her delicious bread and butter pickles and peach jam. She also loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and always looked forward to visits with them especially during the holidays. Family members always looked forward to, and enjoyed, her delicious kielbasa and baked ham, which she made particularly during Easter. Alice was president of the Brattleboro Registered Nurses Association for many years. She always looked forward to connecting with her nursing colleagues at their biannual dinner meetings. Alice volunteered for 25 years at the Green Mountain RSVP Center, where she continued her skills as a nurse after her retirement by taking blood pressure readings on many retirees. She was a long-time communicant of Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church. On Oct. 12, 1943 she was married to Andrew Natowich at St. Joseph's Church in Shelton Connecticut. Alice and Andrew were married for 71 years until his passing on October 30, 2014. Alice leaves one son, Phillip Natowich, of Brattleboro; two daughters, Andrea Russo and her husband, Frank of South Glastonbury, CT and Rosemary Strumpf and her husband, David, of Guilderland, NY; seven granddaughters, Kara Young, Gina Daigle, Anna McPhee, Alexandra Natowich, and Emily, Rebecca and Lauren Strumpf; along with five great-grandchildren, Steve, Nicholas and Mia Daigle, Owen McPhee, and Mary Young. Additionally Alice leaves brother-in-law, Michael and wife, Lorraine Necio, sister-in-law, Esther Baczek, and sister-in-law, Betty Regan. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, dear friends and neighbors, and longtime cherished friend of nearly 70 years, Connie Wallin of Brattleboro. Alice was predeceased by four sisters, Mary Oates, Regina McCarthy, Rita Nowakowski, and Carol McClellan; along with two brothers, James and John Regan. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Saint Michael's Catholic Church with Father James Dodson, Pastor, celebrant. There will be no calling hours. Burial will take place at St. Michael's Cemetery in the spring. The Natowich family would like to thank Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care that Alice received while a patient there, along with a special thank you to the entire staff at Vernon Green Nursing Home for their compassionate, loving and exceptional care. You all truly touched us, and we will never forget how wonderful you were. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Alice's memory to the nursing scholarship fund through The Alumni Association of St. Francis School of Nursing, Attention: Nursing Scholarship Fund, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT. 06015. To sign an online register book with messages of condolence please visit : www.atamaniuk.com


Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 3, 2015
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