Nathalie Diane Lynch, 86
Nathalie Diane Lynch, 86, of Conrad, IA, passed away Sunday, May 19th at Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad. Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Marshalltown. Visitation with family will immediately follow. A private family burial will take place at the Conrad Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Presbyterian Church in Marshalltown or the Iowa Nurses Association. The Anderson Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Nathalie was born July 25, 1932, to Milton and Eleanor (Willey) Shumway in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Their family lived in Fort Dodge, Lohrville and Waterloo and settled in their new home in the Cedar Heights neighborhood of Cedar Falls in 1940 where Nathalie graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1950. Nathalie learned to play the violin and was first chair in the high school orchestra while always keeping her grades up and staying on the honor roll. A high school career day led her to scholarships for a three-year nursing program at the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Marshalltown and quickly passing her state boards to become a registered nurse in 1953. While in nurses training, she met a handsome patient named Floyd Lynch. After dating through daily letters to him while he was serving with the Army in Korea, they were married on November 25, 1953. Through their years together, they lived in rural Grundy Center, Conrad, rural Albion and Marshalltown. Nathalie worked as a full time Registered Nurse at the Grundy Memorial Hospital, Marshalltown Evangelical Hospital and the Iowa Veterans Home. She was certified by the American Nurses Association in the area of gerontology and retired from nursing in 1993 and moved to The Embers in Marshalltown after Floyd’s death in 2013 where she resided during the tornado in 2018. Nathalie loved needlework and was proficient in sewing (which she started at a very young age), knitting, crocheting, embroidery and quilting. Orchids filled her home as well as stained glass projects she created. She enjoyed camping for over 40 years with Floyd, family and friends. She was active in church as a Youth Leader, Elder, Deacon and Chair of the Women’s group. She knitted approximately 150 prayer shawls, which the church distributed to those who had a major loss in their lives.
Nathalie is survived by her children: Diane McLeland, of Grundy Center, Mark (Cindy) Lynch, of Grundy Center, Kurt (Julie) Lynch, of Marshalltown, Karen (Steve) Holl, of Conrad and Paul (Martha) Lynch, of Atlanta, Georgia; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and a brother, Dr. David Shumway, of Punta Gorda, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; parents, Milton and Eleanor Shumway and sister, Mavis (Wilfred) Sommerlot.