Natalie WavraNatalie Wavra age 43 of East Grand Forks, MN passed away on Friday, July 22, 2011 at her home in the arms of family.
Natalie Wavra age 43 of East Grand Forks, MN passed away on Friday, July 22, 2011 at her home in the arms of family.
Natalie Ann Mack was born on February 15, 1968 in Grand Forks, ND, the daughter of Frank and Carol (Ferencik) Mack. Natalie grew up and attended school at East Grand Forks Senior High School, and graduated with the Class of 1986. There Natalie met and fell in love with Michael Wavra. Throughout their 27 year union their love brought forth four children; Sarah, Caleb, Riley and Gage. The two were married and baptized their children at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and proud to be members of a community that embraced them so well. Natalie attended the University of North Dakota where she earned a Bachelors degree in nursing. Throughout her profession she worked in various Public Health Departments but finalized her career at the Grand Forks County Public Health Department. Natalie's cancer journey lasted 9 years; throughout that time many did not know of her struggles as she did not want to bring attention to herself, but take the yoke upon her and express lovingness towards all she met. Natalie's journey with cancer was first expected to be short but she was able to experience the birth of her own son as well as two granddaughters, who held a special place in Natalie's heart. Through this journey her faith was deepened as well as those around her. The St. Gianna House in Warsaw, ND held a special place in her heart. She connected with this special saint as their struggles with cancer and the choices they made to respect life were very similar.
Cherished family members of Natalie include her husband Michael of East Grand Forks, MN; children, Sarah (Matthew) Effhauser, Caleb Wavra, Riley Wavra and Gage Wavra all of East Grand Forks, MN along with 2 grandchildren, Isabella Natalie and Greta Kathleen; her mother, Carol Mack of Grand Forks, ND; father, Frank Mack of Grafton, ND; siblings, Timothy (Jill) Mack of Roosevelt, MN, Brian Mack of International Falls, MN, Mary (Brian) McMahon of East Grand Forks, MN, Darin Mack of Rockford, MN and Michelle (Kenny) Useldinger of Grand Forks, ND; mother and father-in-law, Ron and Kathleen Wavra of East Grand Forks, MN; brothers and sisters in-law, Craig (DeAnne) Wavra of Woodbury, MN, Brian (Kelly) Wavra and Kent (Holly) Wavra both of East Grand Forks, MN along with many nieces and nephews.
Natalie is preceded in death by her grandparents, Andrew & Ardis Ferencik and Ambrose & Mary Mack
In lieu of flowers, the family respectively asks that memorials be sent to St. Gianna Maternity Home, Warsaw, ND
Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN
Visitation: 5:00 - 7:00 with a 5:00 Rosary and a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday.
Interment: Calvary South Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND
Online Guestbook: www.stennesfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Stennes Dahl Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota