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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Nathalie M. Dutch

September 20, 1929June 5, 2019

Nathalie Marie Dutch, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. She is survived by her 10 children, D’Arcy, Alex, Mary, Martha, Emily, Tad, John, Daniel, Dave and Paul; 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Dutch, her parents, her brother, Robert Alex and her sister, Lucille Alex.

She was born September 20, 1929 to Alfonse and Mary Alex in Staten Island, New York, and graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Detroit as well as earning her Master’s Degree in Education from Michigan State University. Nathalie worked as a registered nurse at many area hospitals and the Michigan Nurses Association until her retirement in 1990. She was a loving mother who raised ten children, was a skilled artist who loved painting, and was active at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

In accordance with Nathalie’s wishes, a private family Funeral Mass will be celebrated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Evans Scholars Foundation” for the Thomas A. Dutch Scholarship Fund, 1 Briar Road, Golf, IL 60029, which provides a perpetual gift of a full tuition and housing scholarship to the MSU Evans Scholars Chapter or to the Mildred B. Erickson Scholarship Fund at Michigan State University, Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Lane, Room 513, East Lansing, MI 4882, a scholarship providing assistance to those who are returning to school after an absence and which helped Nathalie pursue her Master’s Degree.

  • DONATIONS

  • “Evans Scholars Foundation”
  • Mildred B. Erickson Scholarship Fund at Michigan State University

Services

  • A Private Family Funeral Mass will be held.

Memories

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Barb Boyd

June 9, 2019

Despite having 10 children around her dining room table, your mom always had room for more. I remember so many meals and conversations around that table, with your mom's delicious cooking and your dad's wacky sense of humor. Even in your mom's later years, she was always welcoming to any who happened to drop by. Your parents were amazing individuals, who raised wonderful children. My love and prayers are with you all during this time. Lean on one another - family is everything. Hugs and much love to all.

Nell Kuhnmuench

June 9, 2019

Your mother was a special individual - and being one of 11, I knew that even before meeting her!

While I did not know your folks well, I did watch them a bit as members of the community. I also thoroughly enjoyed speaking with your mom when I was doing door-to-door work in the last year or two! She was,as always, very bright and engaging!

May her memory and that of your dad be continual blessings for each of you!

Nell Kuhnmuench

Jeanette Elbers

June 8, 2019

Dutch Family - you are all special to me. Your mom and dad were the greatest. I was in awe of all your mom cooked and I will treasure all the Christmas items I have that she made - what an artist. My deepest sympathy to all of you!