In memory of
Natalie Frances Justa
Mrs. Natalie Frances Justa left a legacy of love, resilience, and lifelong learning when she died peacefully in her sleep in Naples, FL on January 7, 2017. She was 92. Born to Pearl and Herman Jacobson in the Bronx, NY, she earned her BA in Education with a teaching certificate from Hunter College and her Masters of Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She married Jacob H. Justa on July 30, 1944 in New York City, NY; they raised three children in Richmond, VA, where she resided until December, 2012. Natalie was a beloved elementary school teacher at Highland Springs Elementary and Maybeury Elementary in Henrico County. She later served as the librarian at Maybeury for the last 20 years of her career, where she enjoyed teaching literacy, instilling in students a love of learning, reading, and an appreciation for diversity. Deeply dedicated to Jewish life, community service, and advancing social justice, Natalie held volunteer leadership roles at Temple Beth-El and Keneseth Beth Israel Sisterhoods, Hadassah, the Beth Shalom Home of Virginia, and American Association of University Women, among others. She was also an avid supporter of the arts. In her later years, Natalie took extended trips to visit her children's families in Omaha, Nebraska (daughter Marcy and son-in-law Ira Cotton) and Albany, NY (son Stephen Justa and daughter-in-law Shelley). In each... Published by Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Home | Full obituary
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