In loving memory of Michael John Natterstad, a man whose life was woven together by his family, friends, and a passion for the lake and outdoors, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.
Mike is preceded in death by his wife Colleen Natterstad (nee Conroy), and father John W. Natterstad. Mike is survived by his three children Tess, Hunter and Elvis, his siblings, Kim (Alvaro) Domenighi, Marnie (Ross) Gibbs, his mother Kathleen (Roger) Knueppel as well as his many extended family members and friends.
Mike was born on June 3, 1962 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He grew up in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, which lay on the east shore of White Bear Lake. His childhood involved many nights at the hockey rink, hunting, and weekends down on the farm hanging out with his family and lifelong childhood friend, "Wharty."
Mike attended Wildwood Elementary School where the beginning of some of his lifelong
friendships started. He continued schooling at Mahtomedi Middle School and then graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 1980.
After high school Mike moved out west to indulge in his love of the outdoors. He spent his time skiing, hiking, and enjoying the serenity of the mountains. Mike moved back to Minnesota and continued building his trade skillset outdoors. Mike was truly a jack of all trades. As a hard worker, Mike approached life with a relentless work ethic. His hands, weathered by toil, were a testament to the determination that fueled his endeavors. Through the trials and triumphs, he forged a legacy of resilience, providing not only for his family, but also instilling in them the values of hard work and perseverance.
In 1993 he met the love of his life; Colleen Conroy and they married near the same lake shore of White Bear Lake where she was born and raised. Shortly after their marriage they were blessed with a beautiful little red headed girl named Tess. Their whole life changed and of course became more purposeful. Next arrival was their first boy Hunter, a cute little toe head full of energy and charm, and lastly came Elvis, a child who lived up to the name and more.
The Natterstad family, with their dogs, lived in a beautiful home located on the West shore of White Bear Lake. A devoted family man, Mike epitomized the essence of paternal love. Whether imparting wisdom or sharing hearty laughs, he was an anchor to his family.
Today, as we bid farewell to Mike, let us remember the echoes of laughter around the family table, the shared sunsets by the lake, and the lessons of diligence he imparted. In his life, Mike has left an indelible mark, a legacy of love, family and hard work that will be carried forward by those who were fortunate enough to share his journey. May his spirit find eternal peace in thetranquil landscape he so dearly loved.
We are so grateful for the generosity and wonderful support we have received from our family and friends throughout this difficult time. The love and caring gestures everyone has given to our family has, at times, been almost overwhelming. No amount of thanks can express the feelings we have in our hearts that you all have been here for us in our time of need. We feel greatly blessed to have you all in our lives.
Mike's Celebration of Life will be held on Monday November 20th, at the Dellwood Country Club, 29 East Highway 96, Dellwood, Minnesota between the times of 4:00 and 7:00 PM and there will be a 30 minute Memorial from 6:00 - 6:30 PM.