HIGHLAND, IN - Natalie Radich Vujovich, 87, formerly of East Chicago, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. She was preceded in death by husband George J. Radich Jr., and second husband, Robert Vujovich, and her parents, Nick Stepanovich and Mary Dragash Stepanovich. Also preceded in death by sister-in-law Agnes (Radich) Hammacher (Bob).
She is survived by her daughters: Maria (Sava) Pavkovich, Lisa (Jim) Varnum and Dawn Radich-Kotz (James) and grandchildren, David, Alexandra, Kate (Jim), Benjamin, Natalia and Nicholas; siblings: David Stevens (Nada), Dawn Krstich (Charles), Donald Stepanovich; nieces: Danielle Frank (Tim, Katarina and Zachary), Lana Manakowski (Jack) and Stepson Robert Vujovich and family. Also survived by sister-in-law Dianne (Stuart) Olney, Niece Ronna (Eric) and nephew George (Sandy) and families and wonderful family friend Perka.
Natalie was born in Indiana Harbor and attended Washington High School class of 1949. Of her many accomplishments, she won the Vassar Scholarship for Indiana and graduated from Vassar College with honors. She was president of her graduating class and remained active with her alumni association. She earned her masters from Purdue University. Natalie passionately taught English and Speech at Washington High School and Central High School. She was active in many civic and religious organizations - Girl Scout Leader, Library Board Member, Literacy Tutor at Hammond Adult Education, an Officer of the East Chicago St. George Serbian Church, the Circle of Serbian Sisters, Church Choir and Sunday School teacher. One of Natalie's great joys was helping immigrants learn the English language and achieve US Citizenship.
Funeral services will held Saturday November 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 4021 Elm St., East Chicago with Rev. Aleksandar Savic officiating. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends are invited to visit with Natalie's family on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the LINCOLN RIDGE FUNERAL HOME 7607 W. Lincoln Hwy., Schererville (Rt. 30 East of Cline Ave.) Pomen prayer service at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the St. George Serbian Orthdox Church of East Chicago, Kornelije Stankovich Choir: SOCA Travel Fund, KSS St. George, Hospice of Calumet Area. Natalie lived her life by her motto - It is better to give than to receive!