In Memory of Nadia Bagdanov

Nadia Bagdanov April 8, 1924 – September 13, 2013 226880_1077708471220_5125_n


These words were penned by Nadia’s granddaughter Melissa:

If I said that facing the impending death of someone as amazing as my grandma was hard, that would be an understatement. It doesn’t matter how much you try to prepare yourself because the truth is, you’re never really ready to face such a great loss…

As I sit here trying to process it all, her life, her death, the amazing gift of even being able to call her my grandma, the reality of having to live the rest of my life on this earth without her, I find myself overwhelmed at God’s love, His goodness and His perfect timing. Many of you who knew Baba know that she was a very strong, very stubborn woman and she demonstrated that until the very end. The doctors gave her less than week to live, but she and her stubbornness proved them wrong and instead, she lived almost 2 months. Because of that, my family was given a very special gift, a long goodbye…the opportunity to spend precious time with her all the while knowing that every goodbye could be our very last…until it finally was.
I know her memory will live on…we’ll be able to hear her critiquing our varenyiki every Christmas from now on (we promise not to make them look like slugs, Baba…we’ll aim for 5+’s now more than ever ), we’ll still be able to hear her snarky remarks during Dzeda’s speeches before family meals, and her telling us to love each other…something she did so well.

Until we see her again, we mourn our great loss but celebrate her GREAT gain. I have no doubt she heard the words, ‘Well done, good and faithful, servant’ when she entered the presence of her Savior this morning. She truly was an incredible example…an example whose footsteps have been etched so deeply in my life and heart. She will forever be one of my greatest role models and inspirations and I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing legacy.
But words cannot even begin to express how much I will miss her…
I love you SO much, Baba

Please leave any comments here and I will be sure to pass them on to my Dad.  I am sure he would love to hear words of encouragement or remembrance from you.  Mom loved Jesus and was confident in her last days.  She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She will be missed and her words will encourage us for years to come.  The Bagdanov family was blessed by God to have Nadia as our Mom.

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  • Harv and Bev Klassen, Rosedale

    We only met Nadia once at Katie’s wedding but her life has left a strong impression on us through our friendship with Ellen. We praise God for her strong faith and for the way she lived that faith into the lives of her family. Our prayers go with Moise and the family as you say your last goodbyes. Harv and Bev (MGCC)

  • Vera Roudenko

    My husband and I were saddened to hear of Tyotya Nadia’a passing. In life one does not often meet someone who’s love of The Lord was so clearly visible. She raised her children to love Him the same way. We have been blessed as well in just knowing her. I can also vouch for what a wonderful cook she was as I still have some recipes she shared with me. She excelled in so many areas of life!

    Our condolences to to the entire family, She will be missed. God bless you all.

    Anatole and Vera Roudenko

  • Scot and Kathy McLellan

    Our condolences to you Moise and family. Ellen is our dear friend and has often spoken of Nadia so lovingly. May God’s peace and comfort sustain you in these days, and the assurance of the hope we share. Celebrating her home going.
    With continued prayers, Scot & Kathy (MGCC)

  • Helen Suk

    Hi Steve, What a special tribute Melissa wrote for her grandmother! I’ve been praying for your mom and dad over the past few months and was sad to learn that your mother passed away. I remember your parents from the many visits to the Russian church over the years and they were always very kind to me when I lived with Len & Kathy (while at Biola) and included me in family celebrations. I know it won’t be easy for your dad in the days ahead and I will continue to pray for him. Please accept my sincere condolences and pass them on to your father, as well.