Natalie Bucey, of Champaign, passed away March 20, 2016, at the age of 34.
She was born in Springfield Ohio on October 3, 1981 and then lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Natalie graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in dance.
Natalie is survived by her parents, Gary and Linda Bucey; her sisters, Holly (Ryan) Martin-Spencer, Jessica (Jack) Kingsford, and Amy (Aaron) Knowlton; and many cousins.
She was a beloved aunt to her nieces and nephews.
Natalie's contagious smile and giving spirit will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on March 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 604 Windsor Rd., Champaign, Illinois.
Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
To the Family of Natalie-
I am so very sorry for your loss. I had not seen nor spoken to Natalie since high school, but I’ve always remembered her as a sweet, loving, charismatic person. Her beautiful smile and warm disposition were always so welcome while in school. May your memories bring you all comfort at this difficult time. She will continue to live on through all of you.
To the Bucey Family,
I want to extend my deepest sympathies to all of you on the loss of your daughter/sister/aunt, Natalie. My son Ryan Claringbole was a classmates of Natalie at Central and also a dear friend. I had the pleasure of meeting Natalie when they were both on Homecoming Court. She was such a doll….always smiling and so pleasant. I remember at the Homecoming Dance when the entire Homecoming Court walked down as they were introduced…Natalie broke out into the best dance routine…all eyes were on her! Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Jeneen (Claringbole) Ablan
Jeneen Ablan, RN
La Crescent, MN
Dear Bucey Family,
I am very saddened to hear about Natalie. I have fond memories of her
smile and charm from our high school years in La Crosse. I ran into
her several years ago in Minneapolis as she tapped me on the shoulder
at a downtown restaurant. We had such a good chat, and I'm thankful I
had that opportunity to catch up with her. I'll always have nice
memories of her, and your entire family. God Bless all of you on this
Peace be with you,
Elm Grove, Wisconsin
I first wanted to express my deepest condolences to all of Natalie's loved ones.
I had the pleasure of working with Natalie when she was living in Minnesota, working at Life Time and we became fast friends. Bonding over the fact we both liked to be in bed before or by 9 pm, our love for walks outside and the fact we both had a pet named Rocky. I always had so much respect and was truly inspired in the way that Natalie lived her life. She didn't care what anyone thought, she always followed her heart, and her heart was bigger than anyone I know. I even got the pleasure of getting to see her and Brian perform at one of there dance shows and was so blown away by her talent. She was and still remains an inspiration.
Although I'm in another state, know I think of Natalie often and you will all be in my prayers and if there is any way I can be of support, I'd be honored.