Genevieve (Jean) Natishan, formerly of Kingston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Bentonville, Ark. She graced this world for 95 years.
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Jean was born in Larksville on June 13, 1916, to Stephen and Katherine Halat. She went to Kingston High School where she finished her sophomore year, then began working at the Liberty Silk Mill to help support her family.
She married Paul Natishan on April 10, 1950, while Paul was on a two-week leave from the Army. They were married until Paul's death on Sept. 23, 1982. She talked often of their Army postings and especially loved living in France and Salinas, Calif., and all of the wonderful friends she made and kept.
Jean was loving, compassionate and gracious and her home was always open to her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed.
Jean was a very active member at St. Hedwig's Parish over the years until 2005, when she moved to live with her daughter, Denise Natishan, in Rogers, Ark., and is fondly remembered by her family and friends as one of the "Pirogue Ladies"; nobody could pinch a pirogue better than Jean.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her mother and father; her sister, Bernadine; and her brother-in-law, Thomas Mogavero.
She is survived by her son, Paul Natishan and his wife, Theresa (Terry), Annapolis, Md.; her daughter, Denise Natishan, Rogers, Ark.; three grandchildren, Georgia Katherine, Ann Genevieve and Arthur Carleton; and her great-grandson, Alex, Annapolis, Md.
Jean's beautiful and giving spirit will be celebrated with calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerby Ave., Kingston.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Kingston, followed by an interment service at St. John's Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Pringle.
All attending are invited to a reception that will take place after the interment; details will be announced at the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be made to the Karen Cuevas Educational Fund, Arvest Bank, P.O. Box 1670, Lowell, AR 72745. Karen is the nurse that helped care for Jean for the past nine years. It was her care, advice, love and support that allowed Jean to have a wonderful quality of life and remain in her home with dignity until her final days.
A J Kopicki Funeral Home
263 Zerbey Ave
Kingston, PA 18704
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 28, 2014