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Natalie Ambrose IHM


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Natalie Ambrose IHM Obituary
June 10, 1930 - April 26, 2016 Natalie Ambrose, IHM, died on April 26; she had been a member of the Immaculate Heart Community for 63 years. A lover of mathematics and an outstanding teacher, she reached infinity after a lifetime of teaching, service, and working for social justice. Natalie Ambrose, IHM, was born on June 10, 1930 as Loretta Regina Ambrose to her parents, Loretta Paltenghi and Francis Ambrose, in New York City, sibling to Frank Ambrose, who pre-deceased her. A graduate of Hunter College, she entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart in 1953, having served at Immaculate Heart High School as a PE teacher. When she returned as Sister Natalie, IHM, she was a popular math teacher, much loved by her students for her creativity, enthusiasm, and genuine concern for every student. Natalie was creative in teaching math and in designing and supporting school events, especially Mary's Day. As a long-time math department chair, she was a popular teacher, supportive of the IHHS sports program, and she kept in touch with former students, returning to participate in IHHS Alumnae reunions for many years. She also taught at Paraclete H.S. in Lancaster and Mission H.S. in San Luis Obispo. Natalie researched the affective and cognitive aspects of learning in the Confluent Education program at UCSB; (ABD). As a speaker and organizer of many math conferences, Natalie was nationally recognized for her expertise as teacher and presenter. She presented programs to parents in LAUSD on how to enhance learning skills and participate in their children's education. Academia was not Natalie's only involvement. She was a Commissioner and two-term Chair of the L.A. County Commission on Aging and a consultant to the Children's Planning Council in the San Fernando Valley and the Antelope Valley. Her support for the elderly was demonstrated in her involvement with many groups, framing public policy and advocating for the rights and welfare of the elderly. She participated in Detention Ministry through the Archdiocesan Board of Juvenile Detention, and she served on the Advisory Board to the Antelope Valley County Mental Health Advisory Council. Natalie participated in civic programs as the Director of Planning and Aging for the United Way, Antelope Valley. Her commitment to improving the welfare and well-being of the elderly, the needy, and especially the poor, led to her leadership in United Way programs. As a member of the Immaculate Heart Community, Natalie was an early member of the Coordinating Council of the IHM Blythe St. Project in Panorama City, a neighborhood center that ministers to the families on Blythe St. As a skilled photographer, she documented Blythe St. events and programs of the Immaculate Heart Community. She captured nature in close-up and created greeting cards, gifts to many. An artist, organizer, and teacher, Natalie brought enthusiasm, talent, and expertise to all the projects in which she was involved. Natalie served as Vice-President of the Immaculate Heart Community; she supervised meal planning at the IHM Residence as well as serving on several Community committees, contributing her creativity and organizational skills to programs and events. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Immaculate Heart H.S. and all of her endeavors, a lover of beauty and nature, and her dogs were devoted companions that enjoyed nature walks with her in Green Valley, her home for many years. Reflecting on her involvement in so many civic, aging, and health organizations, Natalie wrote, "The issues of aging, technology, and culture shifts make this an interesting time to be involved in these projects. These factors also affect our Community." With gratitude we celebrate Natalie's new life with God. She is survived by dear friends Jean Scott, IHM, and Pat McAllister, IHM, members of the Immaculate Heart Community, and family: her niece Barbara Ambrose and daughters, Danielle Lemke, Melanie Scheible and Kimberly Scheible; nephew Richard Ambrose (Bobette Nelson) and their children, Monique Ambrose and Mike Ambrose; niece Maureen Ambrose (Marshall Schminke). The Memorial Mass to celebrate the life of Natalie Ambrose will be held on Friday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 2060 North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90027. Donations to honor her memory may be sent to Immaculate Heart Community, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 5 to May 8, 2016
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