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Natalie Pestorich passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2018, surrounded by her family. Natalie was born to John and Mary Kurtovich on May 20,1925. She was the second of three children, and treasured her older sister, Milena, and younger brother Robert.

Natalie attended Lowell Elementary School, Washington Jr. High School and Fresno High School where she graduated as class Valedictorian. She was also a life member of the California Scholarship Federation. After High School, Natalie declined a scholarship offer from Stanford University, choosing to remain in Fresno, and attend Fresno State College.

On September 1, 1946, Natalie was married to John Pestorich, Sr. The couple resided on the Pestorich ranch south of Fresno. Their first son, John Jr., was born in 1949, and second son, Mike, in 1953. John Sr. worked in the cattle business, and Natalie was a devoted wife, always supporting his business endeavors. She nurtured her sons and was active in their activities. Natalie served as PTA President at American Union Elementary School, and taught Sunday School at St Peters Serbian Orthodox Church. She was a charter member of the Serbian Mothers Club, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Natalie was proud of her 50 plus year tenure on the Easter Luncheon committee at St. Peters.

Natalie Pestorich was virtuous in all ways. She was totally committed to her church and family. In her roles as daughter, sister, wife, mother, baba, grandmother, and great-grandmother she modeled a life well lived and positively impacted multiple generations. She will be greatly missed, but her gracious influence will last forever.

Natalie was preceded in death by her father, John Kurtovich; mother, Mary Kurtovich; sister, Milena Milovich; and brother, Robert Kurtovich.

Natalie is survived by her sons, John Pestorich, Jr. and wife Charlene, and Mike Pestorich and wife Dona; and grandchildren, John M. Pestorich and wife Staci, Carrie DeYoung and husband Ryan, Matthew Pestorich, Mark Pestorich and wife Kristen, Mike M. Pestorich, Mika Brickey and husband Gabe, Niki Myovich and husband Kyle, and Danielle Pestorich; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Stephens & Bean Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements under the direction of Stephens & Bean Funeral Chapel, Fresno, CA.