Eulogy on Dr. Natalie Pavlovich by Father Rodney Torbic


        We gather on this Wednesday of the First Week of Great Lent to pray for the soul of +Beloved Natalie.  God’s Holy Church has a heighted focus on the souls of believers during Great Lent. We are in the cemetery dedicated to St. Sava.

         +Beloved Natalie is a daughter of the Church of St. Sava. She was a Serbian Orthodox Christian. She was a professional at the highest level focusing on the health of humanity. She devoted her life to improved healthcare.

         As a faculty member at Duquesne University. Dr. Natalie touched and influenced the lives of countless nursing students. The people benefitting from her teaching is beyond measure.

        More than ten years ago Dr. Natalie developed a deep interest in the St. George Church in Carmichaels. It was at St. George Church, I came to know her. She attended our annual Healthcare Day seminars and was a guiding presence.

        +Beloved Natalie’s years of experience in healthcare benefitted the St. George parish. She enjoyed and valued the warmth and hospitality of the parish. As an Orthodox Christian she maintained the highest standards in personal relationships.

        . On August 9, 2013. Natalie served as the honored Kuma for the parish’s Seventh Annual Healthcare Day.  The seminar’s theme was “Putting Cancer in Perspective”.

        Natalie’s lifelong interest in healing made her the perfect choice as Kuma.  The seminar occurred on the Slava of the Parish Nurse’s Office, St. Panteleimon, the Great Martyr and Healer.

     +Beloved Natalie travelled the distance from Pittsburgh to Carmichaels on  occasions even when she was facing challenges to her own health. She formed lasting relationships with parishioners

       During Great Lent believers are to examine their souls and their relationships to ensure they are healthy and founded in love. Dr. Natalie devoted her life to the teaching of relationships founded in good health and the love of humanity.

     Thank God Natalie made good use of the talents God gave her, She pursued an advanced education and engaged in the education of others. She did not hide her talents under a bushel, Natalie applied her talents to the benefit of humanity.

    Today we gather to pray for her soul.  Let us thank God for the good that has been worked through Dr. Natalie. Let us continue to pray for her soul and for the comfort of all mourning her departure from this life.

     May God give rest to her soul. May beloved Natalie rest with the righteous where there is no sickness, sorrow or sighing but life everlasting.  May her memory be eternal.

Dr. Natalie Pavlovich was President of  Pittsburgh’s SNF Lodge #130 -St. Sava