Natalee Henke, 18, of rural Marcus, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at a hospital in Cherokee, Iowa.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. The Rev. Bill McCarthy officiated. Burial was at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery in Marcus.
The Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Natalee June Henke, the daughter of Ted and Tracee (Voetberg) Henke, was born June 1, 2000 in Cherokee. Her childhood years were spent on the family farm south of Marcus. She attended school at MMC and was currently a senior at MMC/RU.
In the spring of 2018, Natalee completed her CNA in preparation for nursing school. She babysat when she wasn’t busy in sports.
She was an active volunteer in the community, earning her Silver Cord hours. She had planned to attend the University of South Dakota nursing program.
Natalee loved sports and playing with her teammates. Softball was her favorite sport. She played every year from T-ball through high school.
She spent three years as a football cheerleader, two years playing volleyball, one year running track and one year of drill team.
Besides sports, she loved movies and musicals and doing things with her friends. Natalee loved going to Big Pine Lake every summer with her family. She was always spunky and on the go, never knowing how to sit still. She loved hugs!
On Monday, September 10, 2018, Natalee passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee. She was 18.
She will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Ted and Tracee Henke; her siblings: Justin, Elizabeth and Matthew Henke all of Washta, Iowa; grandparents Doug and Diane Henke of Washta and Marlo and June Voetberg of Marcus; aunts, uncles, and cousins: Tim and Lori Dreckman of Marcus and their daughters, Kaylee Dreckman of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Erica and Sarah Dreckman, both of Marcus; Jon and Brenda Neumann of Kingsley, Iowa and their children, Travis and Alexa Neumann of Sheldon, Iowa; Emily, Austin, Madelyn, Evan and Jackson Neumann of Kingsley; Jon and Ashley Smith of Sioux City; Kyle and Julie Sedore of Des Moines, Iowa and their daughter, Alexa; and Ben and Debbie Voetberg of Dayton, Ohio and their children, Brian, Chris, Erin and Pete Voetberg; and very special friend, Jordan Marks of Remsen, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: Ray and Agnes Henke, Ray and Helen Glassmaker, Ben and Jessie Voetberg and Fred and Verna Gayer. She was also preceded in death by several great-aunts and uncles.