Natalie a. Heck Ramer

December 10, 1956December 25, 2018

Natalie A. (Heck) Ramer, 62, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away peacefully December 25th 2018, at her home surrounded by her family after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born December 10th, 1956 in Newark, Ohio to the most loving of parents, (the late) Robert N. and Alouise M. (Pfahler) Heck. On January 27th, 2007, she married Michael E. Ramer “SPB”, who survives. Also surviving are children: Nicholas (Cassie Jo) Arend of Paulding, OH and Matthew Arend of Lima, OH; Christopher (Sonia) Arend, of Philadelphia, PA; Kaelyn (Adam) Miller of Cloverdale, OH; Jennifer (Dan) Neill of Fayetteville, AR; and stepdaughter Ariel Ramer, Fort Wayne, IN. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Addison, Katherine, Kiersten and Adrienne Arend, and Raylan Miller. Natalie was a 1975 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School, where she participated in cheerleading and synchronized swimming. After high school, she received her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Bowling Green State University and later went on to receive her Master’s degree in special education from Saint Francis College; she was an educator for 30 years. If you didn’t see Natalie driving all over the earth to keep up with her children, you could find her sneaking away with her husband and their dog Jack, to Silver Lake, Michigan to see her beloved sand dunes. Natalie will forever be missed for her compassion for developmentally disabled children and adults, her loving heart, and quirky, on-the-go personality. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home in Lima. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association,, or the Fort Wayne Visiting Nurses at Condolences may be shared online at


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Patti Welker Gibson

December 29, 2018

To Mike, thank you so much for bringing Nat and all of us together a few years ago. It’s been a stressful time for you and all the kids. God knows you gave it all to Natalie these past few years. He will always look upon you with a loving heart as he knows your heart is overwhelmed with pain right now. I hope you can find peace knowing you gave her all you had. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, forever grateful for the love and care you gave to Nat during these years. I wish we had all known each other a lot longer. Our mother passed from cardiac arrest in June 2017, never sharing with the five of us kids that we had other “unknown “ siblings. She took this the grave with her! We cannot get back those missed years growing up without knowing our three other siblings. But we did get to met one, Natalie, and are blessed to have had that opportunity. We love you Mike and hope we can get together again. Maybe even meet the other part of her family!! We chose not to come up today because we didn’t want to upset everyone more than they already are and the awkwardness it possibly would have caused. Patti

Kathy and Denis Fairburn

December 29, 2018

To our Heavenly Father, death is but a ripple in eternity, a passing through the door to an eternal life of love and peace. While our hearts mourn for the loss of a dear friend and ache with sympathy for you all--her beloved children, husband, and grandchildren, we praise God that Nat no longer suffers. Natalie and I were friends from kindergarten through high school and college and then through years of raising children and welcoming grandbabies. So glad you were blessed with the large family you always wanted, Nat. You did a fantastic job of raising those five babies who are now a legacy you can be very proud of. They are awesome! I will forever miss your beautiful smile, funny ways of story-telling, and those infectious giggles. Rest In Peace, My Friend.

Teresa Ramer

December 29, 2018

My deepest sympathies to Natalie’s children, my brother Mike and niece Ariel. I am with you in spirit today as you celebrate a very special woman. I’ve known Natalie to be strong and brave as she endured Alzheimer disease with humor and smiles. She will live on in our hearts, memories and as an everlasting teacher on how to Live Life.

Sydnee Brooks

December 28, 2018

I was one of Mrs.Ramer's many students during her time of teaching at wayne high school she was an amazing teacher she was one of the best if myself and so many other students needed her help she was there the last conversation I had with her was when we were talking for a little bit on Facebook and she told me she was watching the IU game even though I'm not a IU fan and that's ok I'm gonna miss our talks but most of all the best teacher a girl could ever have I'm gonna miss you Mrs.Ramer 😢.

Penny Stewart

December 27, 2018

A lifetime had passed and the Lord brought us together for just a short time. That first time was filled with laughter, smiles and hugs. Most of all love.. that will always be my memory of you. Know that you were loved like a Sister. John14:2-3 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. Till we met again my thoughts will be of you and me holding hands for the rest of Eternity. Love you, Lil sis Penny

Shelley Shinners

December 26, 2018

I got to know Nat when we team taught preschool. She taught me a lot about working with children with disabilities. She encouraged me to be better professionally. She was fun, full of life, and love. I became a better teacher because she was in my life. She will be missed.