Her Catholic heritage comes from her grandfather who was Polish. He came to Norway 18 years old as prisoner of the German occupants. He was forced to work on the so called “Death road” near Mo i Rana. On his way there, he remembered a short stop in Trondheim. He was barefoot in the cold, and a local woman who saw this went home to get him a pair of shoes.
As one of the survivors of the labour camp, he decided to stay in Norway after the end of the war, says Renate.
Renate’s husband Erik Wahlström is Swedish, and the family has lived in Trondheim for 12 years. We heartily welcome Renate as parish secretary, and hope she will enjoy working with us.