ROWE, Inge Falslev (nee Jensen) - Died peacefully on Tuesday, 13th September 2016 in her 87th year at her residence at Richmond Woods Retirement Residence.
“… but the most marvelous thing of all, she said, was to lie on a sand bar in the moonlight, when the sea was calm, and to gaze at the large city on the shore, where the lights twinkled like hundreds of stars; to listen to music; to hear the chatter and clamor of carriages and people; to see so many church towers and spires; and to hear the ringing bells. - From H.C. Andersen’s fairy tale.
Our Mom Inge has rejoined our father Philip to resume their journey together. Inge was born in December 1929 in Copenhagen, Denmark to Anton Jensen and Tove Dagny (Petersen) Jensen where, as a young girl, Inge and her sister Tove and brother Jorgen (deceased) lived through the Second World War in occupied Denmark. For children it was a terrifying time, with bombing raids, sirens and German soldiers with guns. Inge’s family worked with the resistance which made things all that more frightening. When the war ended, imagine their delight to re-discover oranges, and chocolate - which Mom continued to love through all her years. On January 13, 1953, at 23 years old, Inge travelled by train to Paris to board a transatlantic ship sailing out of Le Havre, France to America (NYC) to join her best friend ‘Bente Rae (nee Tiklev)’. These two best friends and modern adventurers travelled to a few states in the US, and then headed to Canada - Montreal, Quebec, where Inge became an Arthur Murray dance instructor, competing in many dance competitions where she often won bronze and silver medals. She also taught a few famous clients how to ballroom dance, such as Charles Bronfman. And then her life became even more exciting. Inge met Philip, or rather Philip set his eyes on Inge and the rest was history. They were married on February 11, 1955 after Inge’s parents gave their permission for their daughter to wed. Philip flew to Denmark to ask for Inge’s hand in marriage. They travelled to many interesting countries during the early years of their marriage, as Philip was a diesel locomotive engineer with General Motors, having many exciting assignments. Eventually they settled in Montreal where Inge and Philip had three children, Bente, Erroll and Travis. In 1967 a photographer took a picture of Inge and her small son Erroll in downtown Montreal. That photo became one of the flags on the Canada Tree at Montreal’s Expo ’67. It also launched her runway modeling career, as Inge loved fashion. In 1969, when General Motors transferred Philip to London, the family moved to the city they would come to love. Inge found herself in a bit of culture shock coming from the modern city of Montreal to a slower paced life in London, Ontario, and much to Dad’s protest (women don’t need to work), Mom became a Manager of a well known fashion store in London, where she was a fixture on the London fashion retail scene for many years. When Philip retired, they took up travelling to Europe and had many more wonderful adventures and years together. Inge was very talented and she created stunningly beautiful embroidery pictures (no pattern used), as well as becoming such a beautiful knitter that some of her Norwegian sweater creations were sold in Collingwood. In later years, she became a loving FarMor (Father’s Mother) to Sean, Erica and Julia (Erroll and Cheryl), and Jensen (Travis and Natalie). Inge will be greatly missed by her family in Denmark (sister Tove, nieces Jeanne, Linda, Hanne and nephew Bent), and all of her extended Danish family. She will be missed by the family in Canada and the US - sister-in-law Annabell (Bob) Little, brother-in-law Herbert, and George (Mitzi), as well as nieces Pat, Diana, Beverley, Bonnie; nephews Brent, Peter, Steven, Danny, Dennis and Brian.
There are so many wonderful people we wish to thank, who have supported our Mom throughout her journey: the CCAC team (Cindy Beckett), VON PSW’s and VON palliative care team. We also want to thank the wonderful staff at Richmond Woods where our Mom lived for the past three plus years. We are very grateful for the care provided by Dr. David Leasa, London Health Sciences Centre, and especially Dr. Victoria Soo for supporting our Mom throughout the last several years. You have all made our Mom’s life that much better for being a part of it. Inge was an inspiration to her children, with her innate kindness, warmth and lively spirit. As Philip always said, she was five foot two with eyes of blue, but we all knew who was really in-charge - it was “the little Inge". Mom, you have always inspired your children to follow their heart and dreams, and to never give up. We will miss you terribly. May God bless and keep you always… until we meet again.
There will be visitation at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St James Street at Richmond, London on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 6 - 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Harris Funeral Home on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11 a.m., with visitation 1 hour before the service. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Arva. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army of London, or the London Humane Society.
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