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November 18, 2012
Natalie Jean Testen Tracy, wife, mother and grandmother, 50, of Coventry Road, Orwigsburg, passed away Sunday. Natalie died in the comfort of her home where she was cared for by her husband of 22 years, John T. Tracy, and surrounded by her family.
Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late George and Eleanor Pellegrino Testen.
A 1980 Shenandoah High School graduate, Natalie was the first girl to make and play on the Shenandoah Valley boys' junior high school bas- ketball team.
Natalie worked for Kmart for 20 years, where she made and continued to keep many great friendships.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Natalie's passion was her home and family. She was always cooking in the kitchen. Natalie loved providing a caring, loving and beautiful environment for her family. Her gardens became an extension of her home and she loved working and maintaining them. She enjoyed capturing photos of birds at one of her many feeders.
Natalie supported her girls in all of life's events. She has left a lasting impression of her strength and courage to all of those who were fortunate enough to known her.
She was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, John, are her two daughters, Erin L. (Tracy) Schiefer, who resides with her husband, Russel, and children in York, and Kayla M. Tracy, at home; a sister, Elaine Testen Dress, Orwigsburg; two brothers, George A. Testen, Barnesville, and Anthony F. "Tony" Testen, Shenandoah; grandchildren, Aaden John and Avery Faith; nieces and nephews; her in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. John Tracy, Tamaqua, and their children.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ambrose Church, 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17952. Monsignor Edward S. Zemanik will be the celebrant. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home Inc., 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, PA 18252 and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Natalie's name may be made to
, c/o Erin Schiefer, 1357 Stonehenge Drive, York, PA 17404, or Mass Cards or Memorial to St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church. Online registry and condolences may be signed at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 20, 2012