Barbro quietly entered heaven’s gates holding the hands of both her sons, Frank and Rodney. Greeted by those previously departed, a fine Swedish welcome would have brought those young and old souls together once again.
Barbro came to Canada as a young lady who loved to dance and who would eventually meet her future husband, Kurt, at the dance hall. Memories were to be had, and music to be heard, as these two would tear up the dance floor and make heads turn. Along with dancing, Barbro was a very talented artist with a zest for life. Cross country skiing, bowling, fishing and swimming at the creek were on her list of favourite things to do.
Devoting her life as a mom, the family moved into the Lumby area in the early 70’s while Barbro kept a loving hand on her sons as they went through the many challenges of life. She was always there without criticism or chastisement, eager to make all the wrongs in the world right for her two boys.
For many years, as her children had grown, she worked long and hard at Consumers Glass, making new friends and wishing once again for the opportunity to make use of another rare gift she excelled at. Barbro longed to help provide a happier life for the elderly and for those that needed more love and attention. This was a steadfast priceless position that she enjoyed both as a young girl and as the wonderful kind lady she was, she would continue to help out even when her own health would be sacrificed.
Her sweet disposition and deep sense of humor was a gift that was lovingly bestowed on her and those who knew her. Rarely caught without a smile or the offer to help, Barbro would excel at making the people around her feel comfortable and at home, often providing a Swedish pancake meal to make the moment complete!
Struggling with severe depression her entire life, her soul would constantly be at odds with the world, between the desire to be accepted and the overwhelming need for peace and solitude. It was a lifetime of ups and downs and she was truly determined to live, laugh and love.
During the time our good Lord was making preparations to take this child to His home, her sons, grandchildren and other family members had the grand honor of finalizing her final days with fond memories, happier times and sweet good-byes. Leaving no stone unturned, she was able to smile and love until the end.
It is with heartfelt appreciation and love that we thank Hospice House for their kindness, caring and support during the time Barbro was there. As well, a very special lady made each and everyday a special treasure for Barbro and filled her heart with anticipation. Thank you, Val, for being there and for being you.
Without a doubt, this sweet, stubborn Swede will be sadly missed by all her family, friends and those whose lives she touched in many ways. Her soul must be remembered with a smile, not a tear, as she loved to laugh, dance and sing! We know that she is till tapping her toes in a place we will all join her in one day.
Please feel free to offer a smile to the heavens while family and friends pay tribute to Barbro’s spirit.
A private family service will be held at a later date.