Natalie Shipman

Natalie Nadine (Tindall) Shipman was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Carbon near Corning. The family moved to the Corwith area in 1942. She was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in LuVerne.

Natalie was Miss Corwith in 1949. She graduated from Corwith High School in 1950 and attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City. She was employed by the Corwith State Bank. On May 16, 1954, she married Bob Shipman at Zion Lutheran Church in LuVerne. They lived on a farm near Corwith and had five children. Natalie was employed part time at Wagner’s Grocery Store in Corwith and in the Corwith Hardware store owned by her parents. She also worked for Pat Waltman making cornhusk dolls and flowers.

Besides being a devoted wife and mother, Natalie was a multi-talented lady. She was known for her cooking and baking skills, especially her apple pie and potato salad. She was a master gardener and canned many fruits and vegetables, and her freezer was full of food to share with her family. Her flower beds made the farm a showplace, and she took great pride in them. Her favorite pets most recently were a dog named Lily and a Siamese Cat, Sammy, who kept her company the past three years.

Natalie had a potter’s wheel and kiln in the basement and enjoyed making pottery as a hobby, giving some pieces away as gifts and selling some in stores around the state. Natalie was also a seamstress and made clothes for her children and grandchildren and did alterations for family and friends.

Natalie was the one to call to make reservations for the Corwith Alumni Dinner on Memorial Day. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, Corwith. She belonged to the Esther Circle, had served on church council and assorted committees, sang in the choir, and was a Sunday school teacher many, many years. Her faith was an inspiration to her family. Natalie lived for the holidays and was proud to have the family all together in church on Christmas Eve. Anyone who knew Natalie, knew her love of angels. Angels are everywhere in her home and yard, and she always wore an angel pin or necklace as a symbol of peace, joy, strength and love.  

Natalie died Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at Kossuth Reginal Health Center at the age of 86.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Mark Shipman of Corwith, Tom Shipman of St. Benedict, Roberta (Dwight) Widen of Latimer, Rebecca (Tom) Poe of Cedar Falls, and Eloise “Eller” Shipman of Corwith. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Duane, Corwith; sisters-in-law Bev Tindall, Clear Lake, and Betty Shipman, Corwith; and many nieces and nephews.

Natalie was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; a son, Timothy; her parents, James and Edna Tindall; and two brothers, James Tindall Junior and Oscar Tindall.

A funeral service for Natalie will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Corwith, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Corwith. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Corwith Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Corwith. Online condolence may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

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