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Natalie M. Quinn

July 30, 1929 May 9, 2018
Natalie M. Quinn
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Obituary for Natalie M. Quinn

Natalie M. Quinn, 88, of Clear Lake, Iowa, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2018, at Legacy Gardens Senior Living Community in Iowa City.

Natalie was born on July 30, 1929, daughter of John and Ruth (Keefe) Scholtes. She grew up in Algona. While still in high school, Natalie met the love of her life, John Quinn of Woden, at the Bancroft dance hall. Natalie and John were married on September 10, 1951 in Seattle, Washington where John was stationed in the United States Army. In 1953 Natalie and John moved back to take over the Quinn family farm near Woden, where they raised their five children. As empty-nesters Natalie and John moved to moved to a lake front house on Dodge’s Point, Clear Lake in 1978. Together they built their dream house that provided many wonderful family gatherings.

An artist throughout her life, Natalie loved painting, sketching, creating sculptures and making pottery. Natalie was one of the original ‘Mud Workers’ pottery group that started in the early 70’s at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. She also was a contributing artist to the mural at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Natalie was involved in many local activities, from wine club, Thursday Breakfast club and Iowa Quester’s chapter to serving on the Clear Lake Art Center board.

Clear Lake provided much enjoyment for Natalie and John for over 36 years. Natalie loved swimming and they both delighted in boating and watching the seasonal changes on the lake from their charming home. Natalie and John loved traveling to see other part of the world, with Ireland being a favorite. In later years, it was visiting her son and daughter and their families in California. Her eight grandchildren were a source of endless joy. Natalie and John moved to Iowa City in December 2014, close to their daughter. Natalie and John were married for 63 years until he passed away in 2015.

A lovely and gracious lady, Natalie is survived by her five children, Tim Quinn (Caroline) of Davis, CA; David Quinn of Britt, IA; Linda Quinn (Gary Henry) of Iowa City; Valerie Quinn (Roger Fujii) of Sacramento, CA; and Jim Quinn (Christiane) of Columbia, MO and her sister, Marge Borgmeyer of Ames, Iowa.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake, where Natalie was a member. A private graveside service will be held at the Bingham Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clear Lake Art Center or the Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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