Nathan Wayne

Nathan "Nat," 91, passed away March 6, 2014. He was a kind and gentle person who always looked out for others. He entered the world under difficult circumstances, but died peacefully. His mother, Hannah, passed away during childbirth. Due to economic circumstances, he and his brother, Morris, were raised in an orphanage. He remained close to him and their sisters, Belle and Rae, and their families throughout their lives. At 16, Nat was placed on a farm in Freehold where he learned skills that lasted his lifetime. In 1942, Nat was inducted into the Army. He landed on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy and remained in combat until he was run over by a tank after crossing the Rhine. He was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. In peace, he continued his education and in 1951 married Shirley Nestman. They had two sons, Richard and Gary, and lived in River Edge. Nat was a production mechanic and machinist at factories along the Hudson and could fix anything. He saw his sons graduate from high school, college and graduate schools. He retired in 1984. Nat was a member of the Disabled Veterans of America and did works of charity until his death. He was a lifelong Democrat (his last regret was being fooled into voting for Gov. Christie in 2013). He believed in treating all persons fairly and with dignity, and assisting those less fortunate. He loved the Giants (except Eli Manning) and the Yankees (except George Steinbrenner and Alex Rodriguez). Nothing gave Nat more pleasure than spending time with his grandchildren. Nat is survived by his wife, Shirley, his brother Morris and his wife Janet, and Ellie and Gene Natunblut, his brother and sister-in-law. He is also survived by his son Gary, daughter-in-law Frances and granddaughters Charlotte and Juliet. Nat is also survived by his son Richard, his daughter-in-law Corinne, his grandsons Alex and Harry, his step-grandsons David, Aryeh and Rafi, his step-great-grandchildren Sammy, Jonah and Ezra, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Funeral services were March 7 at Temple Avodat Shalom, River Edge, N.J. Burial at Beth El Cemetery, Paramus, N.J. Arrangements are by Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn, N.J.