Joseph “Seppi” Natter

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

135 N Center Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735


St Mary Cathedral

606 N. Ohio Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735-1999


Resurrection Cemetery

121 Winters Rd.
Gaylord, MI 49735


  1. Deb Cantrell November 30, 2019 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Dear Barb and family, I was so sad to hear the news of Seppi. Please accept my sincere condolences. He will be missed, but God has another special angel.

    • Marc Schopp December 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      I grew up playing soccer with Seppi, worked with him for years at Michaywe, went to concerts with Seppi, and used to watch in awe as he hit a golf ball a mile over that tree on #4 at the Pines Course. It’s been many years since I’ve lived in Gaylord, but, I can still picture all those moments. I will be thinking of my old friend and of all his family.

  2. Nancy Forcier December 1, 2019 at 10:34 am - Reply

    So sad— will be joining you in prayer on Tuesday. May God give you strength. Your friends. Skip and Nancy Forcier. Stuart Florida

  3. Vince LaRosa December 1, 2019 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    My prayers and condolences to the Natter and Liss Families.

    I didn’t know Seppi,, But I have known his Margo and Sepp for years.

    He is now with his mother in heaven.

    May they both rest in Peace.


  4. Richard December 2, 2019 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    RIP Seppi remembering you from the St Mary’s float days at our house, also at Hobby Lobby..May you rest in peace..Dick Becky Shavinski

  5. Chuck & Kim Cripps & Sons Vanderbilt Michigan December 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Barbie and Family- We are so sorry for your loss. Our Thought and Love and Prays are with you at this time.

  6. Frank and Laurie Noa December 2, 2019 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Our Deepest Condolences to the Families of Seppi, I watched him grow up in Gaylord, always a kind soul who grew into a very nice young man. We would always see him at Hobby Lobby and always acknowledged us no matter how busy he was. We are unable to attend the services but know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you..
    May he Rest In Peace..

    Frank and Laurie Noa

  7. Berni Seidell December 2, 2019 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Seppi was a wonderful and kind guy. May he Rest In Peace. Our condolences to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Craig and Berni Seidell

  8. Kimberly Vieau December 3, 2019 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss, Seppi was an amazing guy, he will be missed dearly. He was the heart of Hobby Lobby and made everyone laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Pam and Trevor Winkel December 3, 2019 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    My husband and I knew Seppi from St. Mary’s. He was one of the kindest most mellow people we knew. What a blessing he was to so many. Deepest condolences for your loss. We will never forget him.

  10. Darlene Badour December 4, 2019 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Barb and family, so sorry for your loss. I was his Nanny when he was growing up. Sweet Man. I use to see him at Hobby Lobby, he was always so nice.
    Love and Prayers.

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