March 5, 1928 - Oct. 17, 2013
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MISHAWAKA - Natalie Marie Bokhart, 85, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Institute. Natalie was born on March 5, 1928, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, as the daughter of August and Thelma (Mestach) Baert. She moved to Indiana as a small child - and resided here her entire life. On September 24, 1949, at St. Bavo's Church in Mishawaka, she married William L. Bokhart. They enjoyed 51 years together before William's passing in 2000. She is survived by two daughters, Roberta A. Bokhart (Greg Opaczewski) and Rebecca Bokhart; and two sons, William A. Bokhart (Kriste Vrielynck) and Maurice (Sharon) Bokhart, all of Mishawaka. Also surviving is her brother, Edgar (Jane) Baert. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her younger brother, Joseph Baert. Natalie was blessed to have six grandchildren and one step-grandchild, and several step-great-grandchildren. Natalie graduated from Mishawaka High School. She was a member of St. Bavo Catholic Church and their Altar Society, Royal Neighbors and the Chat-a-Bouts Ladies Club from Uniroyal. She worked in many bookkeeping positions throughout the years including Bendix, Uniroyal and KeyBank. Natalie truly enjoyed bowling and even recruited her husband to join her in a mixed league. She was raised a city girl, but after her marriage she moved to the country. Many people likely remember her as the "Egg Lady", as she delivered eggs from the farm to friends and family in the city. In her later years she enjoyed traveling with her family, especially with her youngest grandchild (and co-pilot) Christian. She also enjoyed watching old Westerns and game shows. Natalie's family would like to thank all of the area physicians and nurses for their excellent assistance throughout the years. A special thank you goes to Rebecca Bokhart without whose care our mother would not have had the quality of life that she enjoyed the past 12 years. Family and friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 21st, at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 West 8th Street, Mishawaka. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd, in St. Bavo Catholic Church in Mishawaka, with Rev. Barry England officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka. Memorial contributions may be made to the Penn South Volunteer Fire Department. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit www.hahnfuneralhomes.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 20, 2013