Annie Christensen

A photo of Annie Christensen


Celebration of Life
Saturday May 20, 2023

On March 24, 1919 in Ribe, Denmark, a child was born to the late Aager and Toma Jacobsen. She was the youngest of four children and was given name Ragnhild or “Annie”. She was our Mom.  Mom’s birth came four months after the end of World War I and then when she was ten years old, she lived through the Great Depression. Although her young life was challenging, she made the best of it.  The events and the experiences of her childhood shaped her life and ultimately made her the Mom that we knew and loved. She was a strong person who worked hard and appreciated the little things in life like the companionship of a dog or a garden of flowers where she could sit and admire the beauty of the world.
On May 5, 1944 while still in Denmark, Mom married our father, Svend Christensen and the two became one. Over the next few years, our family grew to include John, Asger, Finn, Steen, Ann and Thomas. Back in the 1950s and 1960s there was a trickle of immigrants who left Denmark. It was the desire of many Danes to leave their country in search of a new lifestyle and a new home where there was little unemployment and a better future. Although Mom and Dad would always call Denmark home, they knew that they wanted a better life for their children. So in 1958, they moved to Canada, settling near Cedar Springs where Dad took a job at the Southwestern Regional Centre. It was in Canada that their family became complete with the addition of their son Michael. Once most of the children were grown and independent, Mom also took a job at the Southwestern Regional Centre, working in the dietary department. Mom and Dad were always grateful for the opportunities that were afforded to them in Canada and as they gave back as much as they could to make the world a better place.  Through it all, Mom was blessed with a long and happy life. She passed away on October 21, 2022 after being loved for 103 years. Her experiences in life were many and she was filled with gratitude. The best times of her life were spent watching her family grow to include grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The hardest times of her life were when she lost Svend in 1991, Ann in 2003 and Asger in 2005. Her favourite place became her cottage just outside Rodney where she would spend time by herself, remembering the good things in her life and making sense of the times that challenged
In nature, a tree begins as a root. As the tree grows, its branches reach out in different directions but its roots always remain the same. It’s the same for families…we all grow in different directions but our roots remain the same. Mom and Dad’s “branches” reached from Denmark to Canada but their roots always remained in the place they called home; Denmark. In as much as they sacrificed what they had in 1958 to bring us to a land that would give us more opportunity, it is an honour now that we will return them home in Denmark to be buried together.

“Det var en aere at vaere dit barn”
“It was an honour to be your child”

A Celebration of Annie’s Life will be held in the Community Room at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home this Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm with refreshments being served.

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Sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with yous. 🙏

We would like to express our deepest condolences to you and your family . You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Annie was such a sweet soul. She trained me at SWRC in dietary, so many years ago. Rest in peace sweet lady.

Sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with yous.🙏

So sorry to hear of Annie’s passing. Thinking of the Christensen family at this difficult time and sending my condolences. I have many memories of her and the many visits between our families years ago. Rest In Peace Annie. Kindest regards, Linda Strysio (Schmidt)

Mike & family - our sincere condolences in the loss of your Mom. Many of us dream of reaching the century mark in life but making it to 103 is a real accomplishment that hopefully you will remember in the years ahead. Roger & Carol Kellam

Mike and family, my sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved mom. May your memories help to carry you through this most difficult time. Tammy Brookes

Mike, our condolences to you and all the family. Sorry for your loss.

Mike and The Christensen family, Thinking of you all. What wonderful memories you will have to cherish of your dear Mother. Special times to cherish.

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of the Christensen family at this time. We have many memories of Annie from our days at the former Cedar Springs United Church.

Our deepest condolences. Annie was a wonderful lady, and a good friend of my mother in law Willie (Wilhelmina})van Hintum. R.I.P Annie Marcel and Karin van Hintum

Sorry to hear of the pasting of your mother, just by how fine her children are, I know that she was a very special lady. My condolance to the family

Mike, Finn and families. We met Annie while shuffleboarding in the basement of Cedar Springs United Church many years ago. A truly wonderful lady. Spoke with her a few times at BCV.God left her a longer time on earth showing what kindness is all about. RIP Annie

My condolences to the Christensen family on Annie's passing.

My condolences to the Christensen family on Annie's passing.

My sincere condolences to the family. Anne was a wonderful person to work with at SRC always a kind word to everyone. May she RIP and the memories of your dear Mom help to get you thru the days ahead.

MIKE& FAMILY. So sorry for the loss of your mom/ grandma.

I worked as a PSW at the Retirement Home at Blenheim Community Village. Annie was so easy going. I remember her playing cards alone on her bed often. We had many chats about her life. Her room was filled with flowers on her 100th birthday. I never saw so many flowers. She had many <3 RIP Annie.

My condolences to Mike and his family. Sorry for your loss.

i only knew Annie for a short time, playing bridge on Friday afternoons. She had such a warm smile. i enjoyed listening to her stories about her family. i know she will be missed by all who knew her.