PARISH OF THE NEW ENGLAND DIOCESE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA
On Monday, January 27th, 2020, Natalia “Natasha” Nikolayevna Brodeur of Claremont died at the young age of 56. She was on her way to work when a truck driver pushed her car off the interstate and she died in the crash.
Natalia was born on August 25th, 1963 in Frunze (now Biskhkek) Kyrgyzstan to Nikolay and Valentina Yurastov. She moved to the United States in November, 2000. On January 21st, 2001, she became the dear sweet beautiful bride of Larry Brodeur and he became the luckiest and happiest man in the world.
On June 17th, 2005, Natalia proudly took the Oath Of Allegiance in Concord, NH and became a U.S. citizen. They lived in Charlestown, NH, until 2008 when they moved to Orchard Road in Claremont, NH. They celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary less than a week before she died.
Natalia’s education most recently was an Associate Degree in Science in Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse (RN). She received that degree with Honors in 2013 from River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Kyrgyz State University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 1988. Also a Diploma in Mathematics and Programming, Frunze Financial Technical College in 1983.
Natalia worked at the VA Hospital in White River Jct. VT taking care of the dialysis needs of veterans. Prior to that she worked at Fresenius at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover and The Clough Center at New London Hospital. Her first job here was at Stryker Biotech, West Lebanon, in quality assurance.
She loved gardening and had a beautiful garden every year. It was always filled with many types of flowers and vegetables and she would enjoy spending hours working on them. Her mom helped her there. Natalia was an expert on everything in the garden. She also had many house plants and enjoyed every one of them, moving some of them outside in the late spring and back into the house in late fall. She was an expert on violets and had over a dozen different varieties. She would bring huge bouquets to the church, to friends and to work. She loved getting large pink carnations from her husband on her birthday.
Natalia was an incredible cook, making many Russian dishes along with other healthy meals and really great deserts. Her healthy soups, stews and salads were the best. She loved finding new recipes and sharing recipes with others who liked to cook. With her mom she cooked many meals for the church.
Wherever she went she made friends because of her wonderful, kind and compassionate personality. People always wanted to talk with her. She loved visiting friends and going to church with her mom, Valentina. She was very active in the church. She was the center and meaning of Valentina’s life. She was everything to her husband Larry, the love of his life.
Natalia is survived by her mom Valentina and husband Larry of Claremont and sister in law Jane Brodeur of Cornish, NH. Also aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Kyrgyzstan and Russia and Larry’s relatives she met here. And very many good and close friends she made here.
She was preceded by her father Nikolay in 2001, uncle Leonid in 2006, aunt Marsha in 2011 all of Kyrgyzstan, her father in law Norman Brodeur in 2004 and her mother in law Reta Brodeur in 2018 of Claremont, NH. She also lost her cousin, Anna Yurastova of Kaliningrad, Russia, in 2018.
A service was held on January 30th at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Claremont, with the Rev. Andrew Tregubov officiating. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery. That church was a large part of Natalia’s life.