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Natalie M. Lagoni

February 4, 1937 ~ May 18, 2020 (age 83)


Passed away peacefully in her home, Monday morning, May 18, 2020. Natalie was born in Bloomingdale, Michigan, the first child of Nathaniel and Evah (Brown) Mooy. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Marcellus, Michigan, where she developed a lifelong love of nature and animals, following in the footsteps of her beloved father, Nat.

After graduating with 25 classmates, from Marcellus High School, Natalie moved to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan College where she earned her degree and began secretarial work for the Upjohn Company. She also met a handsome police officer named Raymond Lagoni and married him on February 15, 1958.

Natalie worked for 43 years; retiring as a typesetter and book designer for the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, in Kalamazoo.

Natalie was an enthusiastic member of Second Reformed Church and taught in the Sunday School Program for over 35 years. Natalie loved working in clay and was an accomplished potter, which led her to teaching children's ceramics at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for over 25 years. She had numerous students come back to volunteer as helpers in her class every year. Natalie had a great sense of humor, and she always had something new, odd, old, or funny to share with people, especially her grandkids.

Natalie was a supporter of the SPCA, a loyal mentor to students in the Kid's Hope program, as well as a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs, for many years. Natalie was an avid Bridge player for over 50 years, and she looked forward to her weekly games with "the Ladies" who were lifelong friends. She was a fantastic and adventurous cook, loved to get lost and explore new places, and never missed a chance to root for the Detroit Tigers.

Natalie is survived by her adoring husband of 62 years, Ray; daughters Becky (Dan) Jakubowski; Katy Lagoni (James); 4 grandchildren, Max, Miles, Lars, and Leda; siblings Susan (Glenn) Cherup, and John Mooy (Wendy Halperin). A private graveside ceremony will be held at a later date at Grand Prairie Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Second Reformed Church, and the SPCA of Southwest Michigan. To view Natalie's personalized webpage, please visit


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