Nathalia Hawley, 15, resident of Duluth, passed away peacefully, at home surrounded by her family, Friday, April 19, 2019.
Nat joined us on December 12, 2003. Nat was full of life. She loved fishing and hiking, and generally being outdoors with her mom and sister; doing hair, art, nails, and anything else that showed her creativity. She was an amazing friend, sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and student. She brought joy and humor to every situation, and always let people know that they were important to her. She was funny and incredibly quick witted, especially enjoying food puns. She was a real artist, and a perfectionist at that. She loved working on projects, but they weren't done until they are just right. Nat dreamed of going to college and medical school, to help others the way that her wonderful team helped her. Her enthusiasm was unmatched, and she was enthusiastic about everything that she chose to do, and every person that she loved.
In July 2016, Nat was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in her right femur, which had already spread to her lungs. Her journey with Osteosarcoma was almost three years long, involving countless treatments, hospital stays, and surgeries. During those times, she made tons of wonderful friends, including the other families, nurses, doctors, child life specialists, at The University of MN Masonic Children's Hospital, and Essentia Children's Hospital. She also worked with Love Your Melon, and the Children's Cancer Research Fund, and stayed at Crescent Cove and the Ronald McDonald House during that time, and made fast friends with all of the wonderful people she met. She was so grateful for all of the love and support she received, and she wanted to say, "I'm Sorry" for leaving all of you. (You know she had to get one more, "I'm sorry" in).
Nat is survived by her mother, Katy Augusta, her sister and best friend, Gabi Augusta; her maternal Grandparents, Louise and John Hawley; her Tia and Uncle, Mattie Hawley and Tony Arndt, and her cousin Paige of Bloomington, MN; her brother Cameron and younger sister, Trinitie Augusta of Lamar, MO.; her consummate caregiver, Misty Dippolito and buddy Grace Hurtado; and so many others who she loved dearly. She is preceded in death by her maternal Aunt, Josie Hawley, and her maternal Great Grandparents, Iva and Lee Bader of Iowa City Iowa, and Patricia and Robert Hawley of Naperville, IL; and her Mamaw, Joanne Rosas of Lexington KY.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 4:30 - 5:30 pm with a celebration of life to follow at 6:00 pm at Peace United Church of Christ (1111 N 11th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55805) with Pastor Kathy Nelson officiating. Refreshments will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Nat's honor to the Children's Cancer Research Fund: Children's Cancer Research Fund Attn: Donor Services, Re: Nathalia Hawley, 7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 355, Minneapolis, MN 55439.
The Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 E. 5th Street, Superior, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit our website at www.lenroot-maetzold.com.