Natalie (nee Burich) Hayden, 73, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013, at New Life Hospice, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with diabetes. A lifelong resident of Lorain, she was born November 15, 1939 to Martin R. and Anna (nee Gill) Burich.
Married 49 years to husband, Robert R., Natalie cherished her family, especially her children, Robert M. (Hope) and Alexis A. and her grandchildren, Kierstyn, Madison and Jason. Natalie was an avid cook, who loved family gatherings, especially Christmas. She enjoyed attending as many of her grandchildrens’ games and concerts as she could. She was a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan and also enjoyed following Mount Union football. Natalie enjoyed shopping and spending time with relatives.
Natalie was a 1958A graduate at Lorain High School. She received her BS in Education at Bowling Green State University in 1962. She went on to teach at Admiral King High School, where she touched the lives of many students. In 1996, Natalie became a member of the Alpha Xi Delta National Sorority at Mount Union College through the guidance of her daughter. She was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral in Lakewood, and former member of St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Lorain.
Natalie will be deeply missed by her family listed above. She is also survived by her sister, Nadine (John) Donat of West Hills, California; and her brother-in-law, Samuel (Teri) of Ligonier, Pennsylvania. In addition, she is survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and long time friends, John and Inge Stemkowski.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin R. and Anna Burich.
The Hayden family will receive friends Monday, January 28, 2013, from 4 until 8 P.M., in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. Parastas Service will be conducted at 7:30 P.M., Monday evening. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 10 A.M., in the funeral center. Reverend Father Dennis Kristof, of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral and Reverend Father Basil Stoyka, of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Contributions can be made, in Natalie’s name, to the Kidney Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and/or Lifebanc (organ/tissue donation).