Joseph  Michael “Seppi” Natter, 46, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 28, 2019, in Vanderbilt, Michigan.

Seppi was born in Traverse City, Michigan, and grew up in Gaylord, Michigan.  He attended and graduated from St. Mary Cathedral Schools.

Seppi resided in Vanderbilt, with the love of his life, Barbara “Barbie” Liss and their fur baby Karlee.  He was a much-beloved son, brother, uncle, friend, and husband to his soulmate and best friend, Barbie.

Seppi will be remembered for his love for life, his easy-going sense of humor, playful nature, and sincere devotion to those he loved.  He loved to spend time with his family and friends.  He enjoyed golfing, skiing, traveling, and spending time on the lake.  Seppi was a known “parrot head” attending many Jimmy Buffet concerts.  He was an avid sports fan of the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines, along with going to Detroit Tigers spring training in Florida every year.

Seppi was employed by Hobby Lobby, of Gaylord for nine years as an assistant manager.  He loved working with his co-workers and interacting with the customers.

He was preceded in death by his mother Margot (Rau) Natter; maternal grandparents, Richard and Lina Rau from Sulzbach, Germany; paternal grandparents, Katharia and Hermann Natter of, Austria.

The memory of his life will be fondly cherished by those he left behind; his father and step-mother, Hubert “Sepp” and Diana; sister, Tanya (John) Thode; niece and goddaughter, Sadie Sue; stepsisters, Nicole (Dean) Christner, Michelle Nilson (Aaron Levisohn), and Suzanne Baker (Jason), and nephews.

On Barbara’s side, he leaves behind his in-laws, Paul and Christina Liss, Tom and Paula Shaltry, Jacob and Mary Liss, Jeremy Liss, Jason and Paula Liss, and Mandy Liss; cousin and godson William Bronson, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 3, at Noon with a visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral.

Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held Monday, December 2, from 4:00 until 7:00 with a Rosary being offered at 6:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or St. Mary Cathedral Schools through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service

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Gaylord, MI 49735


St Mary Cathedral

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Gaylord, MI 49735-1999


Resurrection Cemetery

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Gaylord, MI 49735