Narosonia Spatz, 94, passed away on Jan. 15, 2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Narosonia’s spirit, please make a donation to your favorite charity, or courageously extend your hospitality to a stranger who you may otherwise have missed the chance to meet.
Raised on a farm outside the small town of Bruno, Narosonia and her Abie-born “city boy” husband, Don, both graduated from David City High School. They moved to Albuquerque in 1953 with their four children. She attended UNM, where she obtained a B.S. in home economics in 1960. The next year they welcomed their fifth child. In 1963, they began building a cabin with the help of family and friends on the Conejos River in southern Colorado.
After retirement, Narosonia and Don traveled the world, from working “vacations” in Yellowstone National Park where they lived one summer, to tours of the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. A brave woman with boundless curiosity and opinion, she never stopped wanting to explore other cultures, learn their history, and, of course, meet their people.
Narosonia is survived by her children: Dean Spatz (Carol), Virginia Spatz (Don Samson), James Spatz (Gail), Pamela Kerkmans (Ron), Rebecca Brazell, and Nina Mercante (her Brazilian daughter); as well 10 grandchildren and their spouses; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Donald; her parents, Rudy and Minnie Muller; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Fritz Arensdorf; brother, Douglas Muller; step-grandson, Shane Stubbendeck; and brother-in-law, Dale Spatz.