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June Pelo
20-01-10, 18:50
E. Natalie Haglund, age 81, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in the company of loved ones. Born Emma Natalie Haglund on Feb. 21, 1928, in Oscoda, (MI) she was the daughter of the late Otto Alexander and Alice Wargstrom Haglund. After graduation from Oscoda High School in 1945, she obtained a bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude from Central Michigan University in 1949 as valedictorian of her class. She was also president of the Woman's Governing Body, associate editor of the college yearbook, state women's co-champion in intercollegiate debate and president of Sigma Tau Delta English fraternity.

Her scholastic record gained a State College Graduate Scholarship, with which she earned a master of arts degree in English language and literature at the University of Michigan in 1950. She also studied at Michigan State University, Columbia University in New York City and the University of Birmingham, England.

During a span of 20 years, she taught, counseled and administered in high schools and colleges in three states: Michigan, New York and Indiana; and in four foreign countries: France, Germany, Morocco and Japan. She terminated her teaching career in 1972 and resided in Oscoda since that time.

Her parents and siblings preceded her in death, including brother, Edwin; and sisters, Ann (Cass) Gembarski, Joyce Stewart and Marion Hopcroft. Surviving are six nieces, Ann Victoria Hopcroft of California, Ellen Merriken of Colorado, Dona John of Florida, Jane (Terry) Whitford of Oscoda, Mary (Lee) Mertz of Oscoda and Alice (Jim) MacDonald of Ann Arbor; and two nephews, Douglas Stewart Jr. of Ypsilanti and Joe (Nancy) Gembarski of Pennsylvania. Also surviving are several grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and two brothers-in–law, Robert Hopcroft of Oscoda and retired Lt. Col. Douglas Stewart of Hawaii and Oscoda.

Visitation will be at the Buresh Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. until noon. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Pinecrest Cemetery. A celebration of Natalie's life will be held at 3 p.m. at the Hilltop Saloon.

An educational scholarship fund had been established in memory of the Otto and Alice Hag*lund family. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation, 3550 River Road, Oscoda, MI 48750. Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneral homes.com. Published in Oscoda Press from January 20 to January 26, 2010.

Natalie and her siblings were my first cousins. The family couldn't afford to send the children to college, so they all worked to earn money to attend college and went on to brilliant careers. Edwin earned his Ph.D and worked as a chemist for the federal government on desalinization of water, and Natalie was working on her Ph.D until illness intervened. The family always maintained that their Swedish-Finn heritage kept them going. Natalie lost two sisters to cancer, a month apart, this past summer. So now I am left with one first cousin who is 104 years of age.