Rena Nagase

Rena Nagase (Kato)

Friday, October 17th, 1980 - Friday, August 21st, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Rena Nagase on Friday, August 23rd, 2020 at the age of 39. She left peacefully at the Foothills medical centre surrounded by family -- her husband Michi and their children. Rena was the beloved wife of Michi for 13 years, and the loving mother of their five children: Rintaro, Lisa, Mika, Sara, and May.

Rena was born the youngest of three children on October 17th, 1980 in Ibaraki, Japan to Naomi and Moriyasu Kato. During childhood she was very athletic and enjoyed playing sports. She was chosen as a member of the national volleyball team when she was in junior high school.

Rena had a great passion for cooking. She travelled to various Asian countries as a backpacker while attending Meiji University. The diversity of the food culture inspired her. She attended cooking schools in these countries to learn more about various cuisines. After graduating from University, she spent several years as a food consultant for a struggling restaurant undergoing a major overhaul. Then she moved to Vancouver, BC in 2005. She worked as a chef at a restaurant specializing in macrobiotic cuisine, as a personal chef, and as a caterer to movie crews. Finally, she gained an apprenticeship with world ranking chef Michael Stadtländer.

Rena and Michi married in 2007. She became the mother of five children. It was during the pregnancy with her fifth child that she was diagnosed with cancer. In spite of undergoing difficult cancer treatments, she gave birth to a baby girl, May, in 2017.

Rena had a great sense of humour and always made people around her laugh. Her personality attracted people, and she was always in the centre of the crowd.

We have all lost a huge part of our lives and we will remember her forever. She will be missed tremendously by family and friends.

We will hold a viewing to say farewell to Rena on Saturday, September 5, 2020.
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM and 3:30PM - 7:30PM.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 5th, 2020 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, September 5th, 2020 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Calgary Church of Christ
    4030 Maryvale Drive NE
    Calgary, Alberta T2A 2S8
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, September 5th, 2020 | 3:30pm - 7:30pm
    Saturday, September 5th, 2020 3:30pm - 7:30pm
    Calgary Church of Christ
    4030 Maryvale Drive NE
    Calgary, Alberta T2A 2S8
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Tracey Canuel

Posted at 12:35pm
I am so sorry to hear of Rena's passing. Rena had an infectious joy about her and her smile lit up the office every time she entered it. Please know that your family will forever be in my heart.

Tracey Canuel
Cooper's Crossing School Office

D Russ

Posted at 11:06am
We are so sorry for your loss. Rena was an amazing person and lived such a remarkable life. We feel so lucky that we got to know Rena and Nagase family. We hope that you’ll find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too.
With Deepest Sympathies
D. Russ and the class of 4R

Lisa Ammirati

Posted at 12:13pm
I am so deeply saddened to hear of this tragic loss. Rena was the bravest and most kindest person I’ve met in a long time. When we all met her, her beautiful
Children and her devoted husband, we felt even better for ourselves. Rena has a very quiet elegance about her. She was a devoted mother and a special human. Her life was too short but in that time she raised amazing children with Michi. May she always watch over them for their whole lives. Michi we cant even imagine the pain and sadness you are going through. Our hearts are with you. We send love to your family.
Lisa and Russ
Skyline Music

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