Natalie V. Zucker
Celebration of Life
1917 - 2011
Natalie was a youthful nonagenarian who
believed life should be lived always opening
new doors. Her life passions included a career
as a Naval officer in the WAVES, a clinical psychologist, an innovative
philanthropist and an active community volunteer. She continued many
of these activities until she died, March 15, 2011, despite her limited
mobility the last two years.
Natalie was born and raised in St. Paul,
Minnesota where she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a
degree in psychology. Her life path brought her to San Francisco in the
Navy where she met a surgeon who would be the love of her life, Ozzie
Zucker. They settled in Southern California for fifty adventurous years and
built a hacienda together amidst avocado groves, raising their only child
along with a menagerie of animals. When Ozzie died, Natalie moved to
Laguna Beach to be close to her daughter, Judy, her son-in-law, Doug, and
her two beloved grandchildren, Matthew and Jonathan. Having her family
close by for daily visits or fun vacations was a source of great joy and
comfort. She even had a Facebook page so she could communicate with
her grandsons in the more modern way!
Close to her heart was her involvement over the last decade
leading a therapy group at Shanti and lecturing in Spanish on
famous artists at Thurston Middle school. A generosity of spirit
and valuing of education motivated her to set up scholarship
funds, to reward gifted students and to honor excellent
teachers. To inspire women, Natalie created a research center
for women scientists at two university medical centers. She
remained active in two book clubs, a Spanish group and as a
docent at the Laguna Art Museum. Her vitality and sharp
mind until the very end gave us all the hope that she would just
go on forever.
She has shown us all how to open new doors at whatever age.
We must sadly say good bye as she closed her final door.
Ode/Owed to Billy Collins
No matter it is not iambic pentameter
Or seventeen measured syllables of haiku
Or that the last line slides down the page
To end in a breathless sigh.
I close the book I have worked on
For two years, plumbing the depths of
My psyche, to give form and spirit to
The emerging newborn I have become.
Lying on the floor around me are the skins
Of self-deception and denial I have shed,
Gossamer and ready, to be blown away by the wind
Making room for the soft, pink, beautiful skin
I always knew was there.
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