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Natalie Koebel

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Natalie Fox Koebel, 88, a long-time resident of Wellfleet, MA., passed away Monday April 7th, 2014 after a long struggle with declining health, a battle she fought with endless patience, humor, dignity, and grace. Natalie, who was born in Binghamton, NY, attended Vassar College where she participated in the swimming team and the flying club. Graduating in 1946, she married Lt. jg Frank Koebel, a Naval aviator. She and her husband moved to Columbus, Ohio where they raised one son, three daughters, and countless family pets. She was an active member of St Alban's Episcopal Church as well as the Junior League of Columbus. Natalie loved music, singing and playing the piano whenever possible. She organized and directed the Junior Choir at St Alban's, sang joyfully with the Cantores in Wellfleet, and always had a beautifully-tuned piano at home. Natalie and her husband Frank travelled extensively, visiting much of the United States, then broadening their horizons to include Europe, Asia, Greece, Morocco, and the Caribbean islands. While she enjoyed traveling, she was always glad to come home! Natalie and Frank moved to Wellfleet in 1983 where she continued to work, volunteer, and enjoy the company of family and friends. She learned to windsurf, continued with her needle point and cross-stitch, mastering basket weaving along the way. Her volunteer work at Audubon led to an endless fascination and appreciation for the many local birds, flowers, and plants. She thrived in the ever-present beauty of the Cape and the love of her family. Natalie, who was preceded in death by her daughter Susan, is survived by her husband Frank, daughters Molly and Cindy, son David, nine grandchildren, and loving dog Kaylee. The Koebel family wishes to gratefully thank everyone who contributed their wonderful, caring support during her last journey. You will always be in our thoughts.

Published in The Cape Codder from Apr. 15 to Apr. 22, 2014
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