Natacha Dannenberg Obituary (2022) – Yuma, AZ

Natacha Dannenberg

Sep 27,1936 – Aug 19,2022

Natacha Dannenberg was born to Siegfried and Anastasia Wallner on September 27, 1936. She died on August 19,2022 at age 85. She is survived by her loving husband Paul to whom she was married for 55 years; her three children, Stacey (Scott), Rachel, and Serena (Jaime) and ten grandchildren, Blake, Nicholas, Lauren, Garrett, Kiera, Connor, Jordan Paul, Roxanne, Eleanor and Charlotte. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida but moved to New York when she was 6 months old and there she stayed until she was thirty. She left New York but New York lived on in her. She subscribed to the New Yorker magazine and read the NY Times whenever she could get it. Always and forever she cared about what transpired in the city in which she grew up but she became a good citizen to her adopted state of Arizona.

She was a life long learner and served her community in many ways. She began by being a President of The Newcomer’s Club, then moved on to helping create a PTA at Gwyneth Ham School when her first daughter started school. She served in all capacities of the board, including President and chaired many committees… Taco Dinner… Parent Volunteer Group… etc. She was part of the Dial testing for kinder readiness, helped choose reading books, and was a judge at the Science Fair. She transported Spelling Bee contestants to the competition and served as their coach… she was totally involved in the school her girls attended.

All summer long she and her husband held pool parties and barbecues. It became such expected events that their friends and neighbors would show up sans invitations.

Reading had always been one of her passions and she took the training to learn to teach reading to adult illiterates and this she did for over thirty years. She held training classes for those who wanted to become tutors. Serving as President for the Yuma Reading Council, she brought changes to better serve the students seeking help.

Once her girls were older, she worked as a Para Professional with special needs kids at Carver school. She loved all her students and gave them her very best. In 2004 Laubach Literacy International honored her by presenting her with a National Award for Excellence as an Outstanding Tutor. Carver School also honored her for having been so named.

Hospice had always been a place she admired for their service to the community. In 2014 she found time to volunteer at the store making items shelf-ready. This provided her much pleasure. She served on the Board of the Yuma Arts Center for a number of years. She was an avid supporter of local artists and purchased multiple pieces that she proudly displayed in her home.

She never refused a request to serve jury duty and filled in when a vacancy occurred at her polling place. She was always altruistic. Because she believed in respect and equality for all she was a member of the NAACP.

She was totally devoted to her husband and three children and loved them all dearly. She declared that when she met her husband to be at a New Year’s party, he lit up the room when he made his appearance. From then on, he lit up her life. She always enjoyed cooking for her family and friends (one way to show love) and she was adventuresome in trying new recipes. She delighted in going to the theater, and to all of her daughter’s and grandkids dance recitals, swim meets, and sports games. She joyfully shopped, wrote, and drew. She enjoyed sewing for her daughters and then her grandkids. She attended exercise classes at the Y and appreciated her Y friends. Her California cousins ​​were a source of delight and all held a place in her heart, as did her East Coast relatives.

She leaves behind her husband who gave her the life she desired and their three daughters who gave her great joy and clothed her in pride. Important in her life also were her friends.

Natacha felt as if she lived more than one life due to the diversity she experienced. She was a happy person who enjoyed people and loved animals. Once a friend who knew about some of her childhood commented that she’d had it rough; but Natacha felt it had been interesting, challenging and instructive.

Do not cry because it is over, smile because it happened.

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Published by Yuma Sun on Aug. 28, 2022.

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