Rosemary Kobberstad

Obituary of Rosemary Kobberstad

Rosemary Allene Kobberstad, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, February 16, 2017. She was 89 years old. Rosemary was born to Boyd and Ruth (Munkres) Davie on September 11, 1927 in Bellingham, Washington. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

She had many jobs over the years. When she was a teenager she worked for the Draper Valley hatchery. Later she worked on the family farm and at the cannery in Ferndale. As a nurse’s aide, she worked at Lynden Christian Nursing Home and O’Cains Nursing Home and as lunchroom attendant for Lynden Public Schools. She was most known for being a school bus driver. She drove for 27 years in total, 25 with the Lynden Public School District. When she retired, she received a special award for 25 years and 250,000 miles of safe driving.

Rosemary loved to cook and bake for her family and her community. She was especially known for her lefsa (a Norwegian dessert), pies and specialty cakes. She loved making wedding cakes for happy couples. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, making crafts and playing baseball. With a quick drive past their house, it was evident Rosemary had a green thumb and loved flowers. Her husband Earl was a school teacher and she loved to teach the children in his room crafts. She and Earl also coached girls’ softball in Lynden and she loved to watch her Mariners play.

Rosemary was active in her church. She and Earl were founding members of the Ferndale Seventh-day Adventist Church and she served as a deaconess. She had a big heart and loved children. She often welcomed her children’s and grandchildren’s friends into her family.

Rosemary is preceded in death by her husband Earl Kobberstad, her brother Boyd Davie and her sister Wilhema Cowin.

She is survived by four children; daughter Judith (Terry) Rose of Albany, OR, sons Richard Kobberstad of Elk Gove, CA, Norman (Mary) Kobberstad of Auburn, WA and Jay (Debbie) Kobberstad of Blaine WA and nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Betty Dame of Ferndale, WA , brother Ray Davie of Brush Prairie, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 3pm at the Ferndale Seventh-day Adventist Church. Rosemary will be missed but not forgotten. She was a person of faith and was loved deeply by her family.