May 21, 1990 ~ November 2, 2014
Resided in: Redondo Beach, CA
Natalie Rose Nevarez
05-21-1990 to 11-02-14
Preceded in death by her grandfather, Santos Nevarez and aunt, Dolores (Nevarez) Gunsalus. Survived by her parents, Gregg and Alison (Burch) and brothers, Andrew and Daniel Nevarez, grandmother, Erlinda Nevarez, godparents, Cynthia Nevarez-De Leon and James S. Gunsalus, aunt, Linda (Nevarez) Mekaru, uncle, James L. Gunsalus, and cousins Leslie Gunsalus, Joseph De Leon, Angelica De Leon, Monique De Leon, and Michael Hesseltine among many other loving relatives.
Natalie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Entrepreneurial Studies and Event Planning from CSU Long Beach in 2013. Since 2010, Natalie volunteered for a non-profit organization called Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for grieving children. Natalie was a highly active volunteer, attending camps in several capacities, but primarily as a friend and mentor to children who had suffered a significant loss. Natalie served as a member of the Volunteer Council, and she spent a semester interning at Comfort Zone’s Torrance based office. She also participated in Alternative Spring Break 2013 through CSULB helping Habitat for Humanity in Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Natalie was last employed as an artist for Trader Joe’s before being diagnosed with her illness in December 2013. At that same time, she was accepted to four of the AmeriCorps positions she applied for, but had to decline.
Besides helping others, the most important thing to Natalie was her family. She loved being a big sister and this was clear in the way she cared for her brothers and always made them a priority, and they felt the same. They could often be found giggling together and sharing inside jokes. It wasn’t unusual for her to spend a weekend watching movies with Daniel and Andy and forgoing her college parties. As a daughter, Natalie was an incredible gift from above and she gave us the opportunity to be the parents to her that we always wanted to be. We are so deeply saddened that she is not physically here with us, but we believe that she is never far away and always in our hearts.
Natalie had unmatched courage facing a life threatening cancer (sarcoma) of the heart and unwavering commitment to healing from within. She was truly an inspiration as she lived another ten months using only holistic methods of treatment. Natalie was intelligent and wise beyond her years. She impacted so many people in her twenty-four years of life through her joyful presence and sense of humor, her generosity and compassion for others, her art and spirituality, and her deep love for her family. These qualities will live on in those who knew and loved her. She will always be truly loved and forever in our hearts.
Viewing and Prayer Service:
Thursday November 13th 4:30 – 8:00pm
6:00 Prayers, Eulogy and Pictorial
5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503
Saturday November 15th 12:00 noon
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
244 Prospect Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Burial immediately following at
Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA 90230
Reception to follow with location to be announced.
Natalie’s friends have generously organized this fundraiser to help defray expenses, at http://www.gofundme.com/gxy0cg.