Natalie Yaffe

June 24, 1932March 13, 2021

Natalie Yaffe, 88, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday March 13, 2021 at her residence. She was born on June 24, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Michael and Mollie (Bernstein) Goldstein. Natalie married Dr. Stuart Yaffe in St. Louis on December 21, 1952, and he survives.

Mrs. Yaffe is also survived by her children: Scott (Edie) Yaffe of Millburn, New Jersey and Dr. Kim (Bernie) Schoenburg of Springfield; four grandchildren: Steven and David Yaffe and Sam and Elly Schoenburg; and two sisters: Lois Zerman and Sharon Sosna.

In addition to being a homemaker, Natalie was a dancer and choreographer, with tap being her specialty. She started performing as a teenager, and has said she was born to be on stage. In Springfield, she taught dance exercise classes, at the YWCA and elsewhere, for more than 40 years. She treasured holidays that brought her family together, and loved being a grandmother. She was a member of Temple B’rith Sholom, the temple’s Sisterhood and the Springfield Art Association.

The private service can be viewed online by visiting: at 10:00am on Thursday March 18, 2021. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 South Fourth Street, Springfield, IL 62703, and condolences may be left at


  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, March 18, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, March 18, 2021



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Adrianne & John Swartz

March 26, 2021

Dear Kim, Bernie & family - sadly we never knew Natalie, but we wanted to share with you our sadness at her passing. We've both lost our mothers and know how difficult that can be. But rest assured you can still be in touch with her through your thoughts, and you'll hear her voice (and possibly her admonishments!) in your head for many years to come! You'll find you can easily chat with her as well anytime, at any place - very convenient!! We wish you our very best at this sad time, and hope you enjoy a warm and healthy Pesach. Adrianne & John Swartz

vicky hosey

March 23, 2021

To the loving family of Natalie Yaffe.

Norman and Vicky were saddened by the death of your precious loved one. Mrs Yaffe was truly a beautiful lady and she will be missed.

May you find comfort in your wonderful memories. We know her smile will always be etched in your heart. May God wrap His arms around all of you and bring you peace. You are an amazing family.

Of course the fondest memory is when Vicky was shown how to tap dance by Mrs Yaffe.

Our love and prayers to all of you.

JoAnn & Tom Davis

March 18, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to your family. Our paths have crossed many times over the years. Dr. Stuart was our family doctor for over 50 years. Dr. Kim came to the hospital when she was around 8 years old to watch her Dad put stitches in our young son's forehead. (A sure sign of what she would grow up to become!) Natalie and Catherine Broida (JoAnn's Mom) spent many hours cooking and organizing events at Temple. Please accept our love and comfort and let the happy memories help you through this difficult time.

Tom & JoAnn Davis and sons Jay & Jeff

Dean Anderson

March 18, 2021

Dr. Yaffe ,Judie and I express our condolences for your loss. I was a patient of yours for 55 years. Ronald Dean Anderson

Keri Karpman

March 18, 2021

So many fond memories of Aunt Natalie. Baking with her for holidays was always a favorite. Growing up I would often ride my bike over to see Uncle Stu and her, probably more than they wanted. I have always cherished our times coming together as a family to celebrate the holidays. She will be truly missed. Love to all of you.-Keri Sue

Toni Hamman

March 17, 2021

Dr's Yaffe and Schoenburg,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. I remember those days at the clinic, of learning the computer fondly.

frank copi

March 17, 2021

Stu, Back of the clouds the sun is always shining...focus on the brighter side of darkness...hang tough, "Coyote".

Dave Kane

March 16, 2021

To Kim and family, I’m very sorry about your mother’s passing. I hope you all can take comfort in the happy memories that will come up whenever you think about your mom.

Bonnie Malcor

March 16, 2021

Dr. Yaffe and family: my sympathy to you. Although I did not know Natalie, I do remember seeing her when she and Stuart ate lunch at Baker's Square. Dr. Stuart was my physician for many years. My prayers are with you all.

Suzanne and James Rechner

March 16, 2021

Dear Dr. Yaffe-- We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved wife. We know it is a very difficult time. We are praying for you and will always miss seeing you.
Suzy and Jim Rechner