Phyllis Rognstad

Born in Rapid River, MI on December 5, 1931

Departed on March 2, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Phyllis Lorraine Rognstad, age 87, of Hendersonville, TN passed away peacefully on March 2, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 5, 1931, in Rapid River, MI, to the late Richard and Aurora Olson and grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bruce, her son Sigurd, and one sister, Pauline Snoad.
Phyllis will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. After graduating from Chicago’s Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in 1953, she worked as an RN until her retirement in 1993 from Sumner County Hospital. Phyllis opened her heart and home to friends and family and was a caregiver to all. She was an active member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church for many years. An avid bridge player, she joined many bridge clubs with her husband, Bruce. She delighted in the company of her family and the sights and sounds of nature, particularly a lake view.
Phyllis is survived by her children: Lorraine Rognstad, Jill (Keith) Davenport, Glen (Sara) Rognstad, Gail (Matt) Mendians, Vicki Boaz, and daughter-in-law Tracy Rognstad; 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
There will be a visitation from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Hendersonville Funeral Home. A life celebration will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Hendersonville, or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

8 Comments to Phyllis Rognstad

  1. Glen Rognstad
    March 4, 2019 11:10 am

    A very special and kind person. Tears will be slow to dry. Love you Mom.

  2. Sherry Greer
    March 4, 2019 11:44 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family.

  3. Kemoya
    March 4, 2019 12:01 pm

    Prayers for you and your family Lorraine. May God keep you safe in his arms.

  4. Annette (Groleau) Erhart
    March 4, 2019 12:18 pm

    Love from Nebraska. We were very blessed to have known and enjoyed Phyllis & Bruce, and their family at all of the Groleau family reunions through the years. Being the youngest of the Joseph & Emma Groleau Grandchildren, I have truly cherished all of my first cousins. Phyllis was a very special cousin. (I always saw my Aunt Aurora when I looked at Phyllis). May God wrap in his loving embrace and fill you with wonderful memories. Annette (Groleau) Erhart

  5. Kathy Mechler
    March 4, 2019 3:24 pm

    Love from Illinois. Keeping you all in our prayers. Jim, Kathy, Daisy & Brandon

  6. Raymond Kerr
    March 4, 2019 8:21 pm

    To all of Phyllis’ children and grandchildren I send my heartfelt condolences. Your mother/grandmother was a very special person. Her gentle strength, patience and kindness were a gift to all who knew her. She put others before herself in her work as a nurse as well as within her circle of friends and family. The way she took care of Bruce when he could not take care of himself was very touching, a shining example of true love. I sent her a letter when Bruce passed which prompted her to tell me that she forgave me for trampling her flower bed as a rambunctious little boy. I was hard at play and oblivious to her tenderly cultivated garden patch. Clearly she remembered that event though I didn’t. Glad to know I redeemed myself in her eyes. She was very warm and loving. Oddly enough, I thought about her on the day she passed, though I didn’t know she had transitioned. Thinking about her now, I feel grateful to have known her, and take comfort in knowing that she returns to Bruce and Sig, joining loved ones who went home before her.

  7. George and Diane Thayer
    March 5, 2019 3:23 pm

    So sorry for your loss! Our prayers are with your family.

  8. Larry and Denise Kerr
    March 7, 2019 7:30 pm

    It is hard to remember all of the times that I was bandaged up by Mrs. Rognstad. Several dozen at least. Even so, I always knew I was in good hands. I was a frequent recipient of her nursing skills. As a kid you kind of take things for granted, but now that I look back, I realize just how lucky we were to have had your Mom in our neighborhood. Growing up right behind her house, I also benefited from some pretty great home cooked meals too. I loved the country smells that she cooked up in her kitchen. She was by far the best baker on the block. She put the comfort in “comfort food”. She had six kids of her own to watch after, but always welcomed neighborhood kids over for dinner and sleep overs. Her’s was the best house to be at. Always, she kept a watchful eye out for us kids. We were protected without even knowing it.
    I’m truly sad to hear that she has left us. I hope you find strength in each other, and comfort in her memories. God Bless Phyllis and her goodness, and your family at this time. Sorry can’t be there for you. Big Hugs from Minnesota!

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