Rode B. Palmgren, age 91, died peacefully on December 31, 2017 in the caring and loving community at Glacier View Lodge Complex Care Facility in The Comox Valley, British Columbia.
She was born in Finland and was the eldest and only sister of four brothers. Music was always a passion and Rode sang in many choirs throughout her lifetime. She immigrated to Canada and married Ake Palmgren, first living in Burnaby and then moving to Williams Lake where she raised her three children, Siv (Ellen), Alan and Sonja.
Rode worked for many years with Dr. Willings in Williams Lake as a medical receptionist and was a vibrant member of the various communities and churches she served. Rode loved to laugh and enjoyed sharing humor with her friends and family.
She was an innovator before her time, composting, recycling, exercising to music, eating clean, and juicing long before it was made popular. She had great joy in her children, their spouses, and grandchildren, investing her time and energy and love. There is no doubt that she would have loved to have really known the newest great grandchildren born as she had a real soft spot for ‘babies’.
Rode was a storyteller and a keeper of family lore. She celebrated the joys and was quick to offer practical and appreciated help for the difficulties of life. She will be remembered for her generosity, kindness, joy, love of travel, her daily walks, “bulla” bread, Viking drink, and the saying, “It can always be worse…”
Left behind is one brother, Dani Halmen, her three children and their families: Siv (Ellen) Palmgren (Rudy Friesen, Alan & Paige, Tania & James, Luca, Mia), Alan Palmgren (Deanna, Jenny, Ryan), Sonja Bristow nee Palmgren (Laurie, Lindsie, Logan & Kevin, Kayden, Nathan & Linnie, Lauren & Joshua).
Rode/Mom/Mommo/Fami – you will be missed but remembered fondly as the sweet and unique woman that you were.
We are celebrating her life at her last home church, Peace Lutheran Church in Abbotsford on Sunday, April 29th at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make an “In Memoriam” donation to the Alzheimer’s Society.