Natalie R. Stemple, R.N., (Yankovich), 73 passed away April 6, 2014.
She graduated in 1958 from Rootstown High School, attended The University of Akron and graduated from the Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing in 1961.
Natalie first met Lenny Stemple in 1963, dated for seven years and were married in 1970. Nat and Lenny were literally inseparable! They enjoyed "hanging out" together and loved to eat out at many favorite restaurants. They spent many years traveling within the U.S. and Europe. Natalie also loved her gardening, working in her back yard and sitting on her deck enjoying nature.
She retired in 2000 after 39 years of service from Akron City Hospital and later, Summa Health System. Natalie initiated her career as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. Her leadership and administrative capabilities were quickly recognized. She has supported Summa Health System in the roles of: Assistant Head Nurse, Head Nurse, Shift Supervisor, Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor, Acting Director of Nursing, Director of Critical Care Division, and Administrative Director of Critical Care, Material Management, and Medical Engineering Services. Natalie was a strong advocate for patient rights. She served on numerous boards and community leadership organizations. She was also a member of one of the first dragon boating teams for breast cancer survivors called The Dragon Dream Team. Upon retirement from Summa Health System, Natalie began her second career as Director of Marketing with American Medical Response and Smith Ambulance.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Helen Yankovich; brothers, Melvin and Thomas Yankovich; sister, Pauline Richards, brother in law, Donald Richards; sisters in law, Eleanor Yankovich and Mildred Yankovich.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard N. Stemple; brothers, Walter Yankovich, D.D.S. (Retired) and Mark (Sally) Yankovich; sister in law, Gloria Yankovich; special friend, Doug Dix; and her beloved cats Gizmo and Edsel; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Donovan Funeral Home, 17 Southwest Ave. (On the Historical Tallmadge Circle) with Mike Nichols officiating.
Interment will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
Visitation will be 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Portage County APL, 8122 Infirmary Dr., Ravenna OH 44226, or PAWSibilities Human Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087.
(Donovan Funeral Home, 330-633-3350, RC 4-8 & 9-14)
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Natalie was a gifted nurse and was a wonderful volunteer for the American Heart Association Nursing Education Committee. I will always remember her smile and sense of humor. Natalie will be dearly missed.
American Heart Association
Dear Mark and Sally;
How sorry I am for the loss of your sister (in law). Natalie's professional accomplishments and personal service and empathy provided to others must certainly provide you a sense of pride and some comfort. Her life work and charity were obviously important to many people and organizations in many ways. Ukown to many, but so important to her. No words will reduce the current pain and sense of loss, However, time will permit these feelings to be replaced by wonderful memories of Natalie being a loving part of your life and the knowledge that you are a wonderful part of hers as well.
With sympathy for both of you,
Dear Mark and Sally, So sorry to hear of your sister's untimely death. She sounds like a remarkable and accomplished woman. Our thoughts are with you.Love, Cass & Bob.
I enjoyed meeting Natalie at Stark Summit. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.