Natalie Cerveny Atwood, 90, of Marion, passed away on August 13. Natalie was born on July 14, 1925 in Westfield, Massachusetts and was a longtime resident of Marion.
Natalie was a graduate of Westfield High School, Westfield Commercial School, and American Institute of Banking. She was actively involved in her community as the former President of Tobey Hospital Guild and a dedicated hospital volunteer. In addition, she chaired the Tihonet Neighborhood Girl Scouts, served on The Kittansett Club Board of Governors, was Chairman of Ladies Golf, and was most recently on the House Committee. She also served on the Board of Marion Visiting Nurses, and was a member of the Sippican Women’s Club.
Natalie enjoyed golf, cooking, baking, and singing, namely in the Wareham Congregational Choir, St. Gabriel’s Choir, and Sippican Choir Society. She was an avid painter and was active at the Marion Art Center. Her family and friends enjoyed the numerous meals and desserts that she selflessly made for them, and she was known for bringing her baked goods to community meetings, doctors’ appointments, and to anyone who enjoyed sweets. Natalie was charismatic; a beacon of light. Her generosity, kind spirit, and warm and charming nature was felt by everyone who knew her. She was surrounded by love and gave it back ten fold.
Her parents were Paulina Tolpa and Edward Cerveny. She is survived by her two sisters Elaine Kelley and Janet O’Brien of Westfield, and her brother Edward Cerveny of Key Largo, Florida. She has a daughter Susan Atwood Gilmore and late husband Benjamin Gilmore of Rochester; two sons William Fearing Makepeace Atwood of Wareham, and Paul Edward Atwood and Lois Machado of Mattapoisett, as well as daughter-in-laws Carole Atwood and Cynthia Atwood. She has six grandchildren who loved her dearly, Alison Gilmore Carr, and husband John N. Carr, Abigail Gilmore Anderson, and husband Brian G. Anderson, William Coffey Atwood, Myles Edward Atwood, Keith Paul Atwood and Jillian Jean Atwood. She adored her four great grandchildren who loved spending time with her, Charlotte Atwood Carr, Lillian Nordstrom Carr, Henry Makepeace Anderson, and Susanna Cerveny Carr, and she had many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service remembrance will be held on Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Spring St., Marion, MA. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Makepeace Atwood Scholarship Fund, c/o Rockland Trust, 2036 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.