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Rose Arline Lofgren

1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Rose Arline Lofgren Obituary
ROSE ARLINE (BERGMAN) LOFGREN Rose Arline Lofgren, 92, beloved to so many, died peacefully on January 19, 2017, at Paradise Hospice House in Paradise, California. Her two daughters were by her side singing hymns softly to her, telling her how much she is loved. Rose was born to Aron and Beda Bergman on April 16, 1924, at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California. Swedish was her first language as she was welcomed into the church community of Berkeley Evangelical Free Church and nearby Swedish relatives. She and her sister Betty were raised with much Christian love and were very active in Sunday school and church. Rose attended schools in Albany, California, enjoying many clubs and sports. She was the business manager of the school yearbook and a Life Member of the California Scholarship Federation Honor Society. During her junior and senior year of high school she was offered a part-time job with Albany Evening Schools. After Rose graduated from high school in 1942, she was offered a job by the Superintendent of Albany City Schools as the financial secretary in the administrative office; she worked there from 1942-1947. Rose continued to be very active in the church. She and her sister Betty were confirmed in 1939. Rose was president of the youth group and active in the church's girls club which met every Friday. Rose became a youth leader with junior high students, gathering them every Saturday evening at the Youth for Christ meetings which were held in the Oakland Auditorium near Lake Merritt. She was on the editorial staff for the California Young People's Societies of the Evangelical Free Church in Mount Herman, taught Sunday school, and worked for the Released Time Education program for the Berkeley Schools. In 1946, Rose met the man of her dreams, Norman Lofgren, who was working on his Ph.D. in chemistry at UC Berkeley. On March 21, 1947, they were married in a beautiful wedding ceremony in the Mission Covenant Church in Oakland and spent a happy and productive 64 years together before Norman died in 2011. In 1949, Rose and Norman moved to Chico when Norman accepted a position at Chico State College and began teaching in the chemistry department. Their daughter, Donna Marie, was born in 1949 and their daughter, Beverly Lynn, four years later. Rose and Norman were among the founding members of the Evangelical Free Church of Chico in 1953. While Norman served as a faculty advisor to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 20 years, weekly meetings were held in the Lofgren home. Rose organized a prayer breakfast in her home for InterVarsity women for five years, making waffles in the early morning for up to 30. In 1969, Rose was involved in bringing the first Young Life to Chico; the first club meetings were held in their home. In 1969, Norman became faculty advisor to Asian Christian Fellowship, inviting them to meet every Friday night in the Lofgren home for the next 40 years. Rose faithfully supported Norman in his summer and sabbatical travels, once spending a year in England while Norman conducted research at Harwell Atomic Energy Research Establishment. While there, Rose studied Art at Berkshire College in Abingdon, England, and after returning to Chico, actively pursued further study at Butte College and The Creative Arts Center. There she met life long "artist friends." Her family treasures many of her paintings, one being the "Spiral Nebula" which won an award at the California State Fair in Sacramento. Rose also enjoyed auditing art history and religion classes at Chico State. Rose was an inspiration to many, playing tennis well into her 80's and before the joy of tennis, a daily bike ride in Bidwell Park. Rose was active in forming a weekly Bible study group for the women in the Chico Racquet Club, making many close friends. Rose was grateful when Beverly, her husband Jim, and their daughters, Sarah and Annalisa, moved to Chico in 1982 as Jim started his teaching career at Chico State in the chemistry department. She and Norman loved the close access to her grandchildren and family. Her other daughter, Donna, visited frequently from Ohio. Rose was a profoundly significant person in the lives of so many. She was the beloved wife of Norman Lofgren, dearly loved mother of Beverly Postma of Chico and Donna Lofgren of Guysville, Ohio; and adored grandmother of Sarah Postma of Oakland and Annalisa Hansen of Chico. She enjoyed her great granddaughter, Pollyanna Marie Hansen, and great grandson, Lars Norman Hansen, and admired her sons-in-law, Jim Postma and Ted Bernard and her grandsons-in-law, Kevin Hansen and Aaron Ruff. She was beloved and admired by many friends and family and will be sorely missed. She was proceeded in death by her husband Norman Lofgren and her sister Betty Leebeck, A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, 1193 Filbert Avenue, Chico. A graveside burial will occur earlier that day for family and close friends at 9 a.m. at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 27, 7-9 p.m. at Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Evangelical Free Church of Chico, c/o Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Please share your thoughts of Rose online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 24, 2017
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