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Paul was one of my first friends when I moved to Belleville. I met him in 6th grade and instantly wanted to be his friend. Ever since then i would wait for him at school, help his parents get his wheelchair, carry his backpack, and ride in the elevator with him. He was such an amazing friend to not only me but everyone around him. The day that i found out that he had passed away, I started crying so much... I didn't want to believe it. When I went to his memorial, I went and saw is parents. They said some really nice things about our friendship. I used to always bike out to his house if I had nothing else to do. We would hang out for hours then I would bike home. In school we would always hang out. I would sit with him at lunch, partner up with him in class, work on projects together. He was my best friend. Its so hard to say goodbye. Every time i look back on all the memories I have with him, i cry because i miss hanging out with him, i miss being able to talk to him, seeing his goofy smile. I miss my best friend... The day i found out that he was moving to Fitchburg, i cried so much. Because that meant that i would be losing my best friend. I knew that i wouldn't be able to see him as much anymore... and now hes gone. Having those memories is very helpful and i cherish the memories that i have with him. Everyone should..
I'm not one for words, but I cannot say enough about how inspiring Paul Natzke was. His effect on our family and everyone around him was a such a positive experience. Seeing Paulie always put a smile on my face. Whether it was his charisma, wit or that shit eating grin that lit up the room - he made your day all that much better. I'm going to miss hearing your stories, you picking on your mom and your presence. Thank you for being you buddy! You lived live to the fullest and made us all appreciate the little things. Please keep Kathie, Jim & their family in your thoughts. All the love!
Saying goodbye to someone is never easy, but Paul Natzke is exceptionally hard. I have never met someone more resilient & inspiring. He's a great role model for everyone who knows him! He was handed more than anyone deserves and yet handled it with dignity & grace. He is the toughest person I know (his family ranks right next to him) and I was always amazed by his ability to stay positive & keep a smile. He gave 100% to everything he did! On top of all of those things he was just a great kid! We loved and will cherish our time with Paul and will never forget his charming smile, his caring demeanor & his incredible wit. Paulie - I'll think of you every time we cheer on our favorite teams & I promise to continue to spoil Stella. Please send strength, love & positive vibes to his entire family, but especially to Kathie, Jim & Paige! ❤️