Rena Bagne
Rena Bagne
Rena Bagne at the age of 109.
Birth: 2 March 1908
Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada
Death: 26 August 2018
Ortonville, Minnesota, USA
Age: 110 years, 177 days
Country: CanadaCANUnited StatesUSA
Unvalidated

Rena Bagne (née Haldorson; 2 March 1908 – 26 August 2018) was a Canadian-American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group.

Biography

Bagne was born near Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, on 2 March 1908. She was one of nine children born to Hjalmer Olaf and Inga Haldorson, who had moved to Canada in the hope of becoming rich in the gold mines. In 1911, the family moved to a farm in Starbuck, Minnesota, USA.

After graduating from high school, Bagne enrolled at Bethany Lutheran in Minneapolis to become a licensed practical nurse. She worked as a nurse in Minneapolis before moving back home to work at the Starbuck hospital. There she met Walter Bagne, who often delivered milk to the hospital. The couple married in 1946, but had no children. They later moved to Chicago, Illinois after Rena took up a nursing job there, before moving back to Minnesota, where they opened a gift shop.

The Bagnes sold their gift shop after Walter began working as an accountant and Rena returned to working part time at the hospital. Walter retired in 1969 and died in 1974. After Rena retired, she moved in to an apartment building with her sister, Edna Paasche, before moving in to a nursing home together. Paasche died on 23 June 2017, four days after her 107th birthday. At the time of her death, the sisters had a combined age of 216 years, 117 days.

Bagne died in a nursing home in Ortonville, Minnesota on 26 August 2018 at the age of 110 years, 177 days.

Gallery

Rena Bagne (left) with sister Edna Paasche (right), 2015

References

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