Natalie R. Isch, a homemaker and insurance agency worker, died Jan. 22 from multiple sclerosis at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Roland Park. She was 87.
The daughter of Karl August Husselrath and Wanda Ruth Matuzack Husselrath, Natalie Ruth Husselrath was born in Passaic, N.J., and raised in Clifton, N.J.
She graduated from Clifton High School, then Berkeley Secretarial School. She worked in New York City as a production assistant for an advertising agency.
She later married Joseph Louis Isch and settled in Forest Hill. After her children were grown, she went to work for the Donald Monroe Insurance Agency in Towson.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Mrs. Isch moved into Keswick Multi-Care Center in 1986. She served on the Resident Counsel Advisory Board and was an advocate for other residents.
Mrs. Isch was an avid reader of novels and was a “ferocious Scrabble player,” said a daughter, Susan Kim of Marshall Township, Pa.
“She had a great sense of humor and was always sharing jokes. She was a beacon of strength, determination, kindness, and was a classy dignified woman,” Ms. Kim said. “She was our personal hero.”
Plans for a celebration of life gathering in March are incomplete.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Joseph Isch of Sticks, Pa.; another daughter, Karen Isch of Tallahassee, Fla.; a sister, Carol Pass of Camp Hill, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her marriage ended in divorce.
— Frederick N. Rasmussen