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12.14.18 Issue

Natalie Kaplan Gendler passed away on Nov. 9 in Seattle, Washington. A memorial service was held on Jan. 6 at Temple de Hirsch in Seattle and officiated by Rabbi Aaron Meyer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Gendler.

She is survived by daughter, J. Ruth Gendler and daughter and son-in-law, Beth Gendler and Rob Zisette, grandchildren: Emily, Rachel, and Sam Zisette; brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Renee Kaplan; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Goldie and Don Silverman and sister-in-law, Carol Gendler.

In 1984 Natalie received her Ph.D in psychology from the University of Nebraska. She worked as a school psychologist in the Omaha area and later as a staff psychologist with Children’s Hospital. Irv and Natalie relocated to Seattle in 1997 to be closer to their family. In addition to her work and especially after her retirement Natalie was active on several boards including Child Care Resources, Music of Remembrance, and the Wellesley Research Center; she was also an active supporter of the performing arts.

Natalie’s resilience in the face of loss and illness was and will be an inspiration for her family, colleagues, and many friends. Natalie will be missed for her great capacity for friendship, her love of travel and the performing arts, and her enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

Memorials may be made to Seattle Opera, Mary’s Place-Seattle ( or the organization of your choice.