Miscellaneous Whatcom County, Washington Obituaries


Earl Kobberstad

Earl R. Kobberstad of Lynden passed away in Belling-ham on Tuesday, March 27, 2001. He was 79.
A son of Curtis and Bertina (Nelson) Treaster, Earl was born in Leal, N.D., on May 24, 1921. Due to the death of his mother, Earl was adopted at the age of 2 1/2 by Olaf J. and Anna (Amundson) Kobberstad. He graduated from Ferndale High School with honors in 1941 and from Western Washington University in 1964.
On Dec. 25, 1945 he married Rosemary A. Davie in Bellingham.
Earl was a dairy farmer in Ferndale for 27 years, during which time he also drove a milk truck for Darigold for 18 years. He was a member of the local Teamsters union of Whatcom County and helped start the Mountain View Water Association where he was treasurer of the association for several years. He was a teacher for 25 years, with 22 of those years spent teaching fifth grade at Lynden Middle School. He was a past president of the local teachers union for Lynden and was a member of the Ferndale Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Kobberstad of Lynden; a daughter, Judy Rose of Jefferson, Ore.; three sons, Richard Kobberstad of Everett, Norman Kobberstad of Custer, Wash., and Jay Kobberstad of Custer; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Adair Meyer of Boerne, Tex., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Earl was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest Treaster and Walter Meyer; and two sisters, Grace Stowell and Mae Whitmore.
Funeral services were held Friday at Ferndale Seventh-Day Adventist Church with Rev. Rick Moyer officiating. Inurnment was at Greenacres Memorial Park.
Services were by Moles Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ferndale.

Hilda Blankers

Burial for Hilda L. Blankers of Lynden will be at 1:15 p.m. today in Monumenta Cemetery followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. in Third Christian Reformed Church in Lynden with Rev. Jack Gray and Dick Vriesman officiating.
Mrs. Blankers passed away at St. Joseph Hospital on Sunday, April 1, 2001. She was 91.
A daughter of Berend and Tjeska (Dykstra) Brune, Hilda was born in Bemis, S.D., on June 11, 1909. The family moved that same year to Whatcom County.
On Dec. 2, 1931, Hilda married Ernest Blankers in Lynden.
She was a charter member of Third Christian Reformed Church and participated in the Faith and Hope Women's Bible Study. She enjoyed reading and crocheting.
Besides her husband in 1996, Hilda was preceded in death by six brothers, four sisters and a great-granddaughter, Nicole Ross.
Hilda is survived by two sons, Rev. Barry Blankers and wife Clarice of Ocheyedan, Iowa, and Arvin Blankers and wife Nelda of Lynden; two daughters, Sally Bouman and husband Steve of San Jose, Calif., and Sheila Bolkema and husband Dr. Scott of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Minnie Osberg of Bellingham, and numerous other relatives.
Memorials may be made to Lynden Christian School, 417 Nooksack Ave., Lynden, WA 98264.
Services are under the care of Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lynden.

George Leman
George Walter Leman of Lynden passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 28, 2001. He was 67.
Born in Massachusetts on June 7, 1933, George was raised and educated there until entering the U.S. Army and serving in the Korean War.
After leaving the military, he worked and traveled around the United States and eventually came to Washington 30 years ago. He worked on farms in Skagit and Whatcom counties and for the past 20 years, he worked at the Guide Meridian Consignment in Lynden.
George leaves no known relatives. However, he will be missed by all the family and friends of George and Carol Vrieling, with whom he made his home.
Graveside services were held Tuesday in Saxon Cemetery with Rev. Al Archer officiating.
Services were under the care of Gillies Funeral Home of Lynden.

Gerrit Jansen, Jr.

Gerrit Jan Jansen Jr. of Lynden passed away in Bellingham on Monday, June 10, 2001. He was 84.
Gerrit was born to Gerrit and Johanna Jansen on Oct. 21, 1916 in Nome, N.D. He had been a resident of Whatcom County for 70 years.
Mr. Jansen married Vivian Clarke on Dec. 1, 1941. She preceded him in death on May 30, 1991. He was a retired veteran of World War II. Mr. Jansen was a member of the First Congregational Church in Bellingham for 50 years and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bellingham during his 45 years as the owners of Jansen's Floral. He retired in 1977. He belonged to the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #194 and served on the Salvation Army board of directors.
His hobbies included gardening and flying. He was a licensed pilot who flew Cessna airplanes for 25 years.
Mr. Jansen was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jack J. Jansen, Evert Jansen and Louis Jansen; and a sister, Joann Zeman.
Gerrit is survived by two daughters, Linda M. Smoots and husband John of Everett and Gayle A. Tangeman and husband Dave of Olympia; two grandsons, a granddaughter, a great-grandaughter; four brothers, Henry Jansen of Lynden, Albert Jansen and Peter Jansen, both of Bellingham and William Jansen of Bellevue; three sisters, Sophia Louise Lich, Gertrude Blondheim and Marie McGinnis, all of Bellingham; and numerous other family members.
Graveside services were held June 25 at Greenacres Memorial Park followed by a memorial service Wedneday at the First Congregational Church in Bellingham with Pastor Donel McClellan officiating.
Arrangements were by Greenacres Funeral Home in Ferndale.

Agnes Means

Following a private graveside service, a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2001 at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7039 Jackson Rd., Blaine, for Agnes G. Means of Everson. Pastor Jim Totzke will be officiating.
Mrs. Means passed away Saturday, June 23, 2001. She was 90.
She was born to John and Annie Rodgers in Appam, N.D., on Nov. 6, 1910. Her family moved to Whatcom County in 1925. She attended schools in Lynden and Ferndale, as well as Bellingham Normal School. She worked for the Charles Larrabee family as a nanny for many years and was a licensed beautician later in life.
She married Joseph A. Means on Aug. 30, 1935.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Brian and Norman; and three sisters, Grace, Mabel and Ima.
Mrs. Means is survived by her daughters, Adele Gienger and husband Loren of Blaine and Marilyn Bennett and husband Ron of Everson; a son, Steve Means and wife Diane of Bellingham; one grandson, four granddaughters, and eight great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were provided by Jones-Moles Funeral Services of Bellingham.

Ray Scougale
Ray Scougale of Bellingham passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2001. He was 89.
He had been a resident of Whatcom County for 62 years. Mr. Scougale was born Nov. 18, 1911, in Everett to James and Grace Scougale.
Mr. Scougale owned Shuksan Electric in Bellingham until his retirement in 1973. Mr. Scougale served one term on the city council in Ferndale before moving to Bellingham. He was a member of the Ferndale Lodge #264 F&AM, Bellingham Valley Scottish Rite, Nile Shrine, Bellingham Yacht Club and Bellingham Country Club.
He married Marie Thompson at her family home in Snoqualmie, on Dec. 31, 1937. She preceded him in death on July 25, 1998. During World War II they moved to Bremerton where Mr. Scougale worked in the Navy shipyard and after the war moved to Whatcom County.
Mr. Scougale's most recent residence was at the Parkway Chateau in Bellingham.
Ray is survived by several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at Greenacres Funeral Home Chapel with a Masonic ritualistic service to be conducted. Entombment will be at Greeenacres Memorial Park.
Memorials may be sent to Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210.

Georgia Kostanoski

Georgia A. Kostanoski of Ferndale passed away at Alderwood Park Convalescent Center on Aug. 1, 2001. She was 83.
In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held.
A daughter of Stanley and Mira (Kimes) Klinger, Georgia was born in Erie, Pa., on Oct. 5, 1917. She grew up and spent most of her adult years in Geneva, Ohio, where she worked at Key Bank for 20 years. She moved to Ferndale in 1980 to spend her retirement years with her family.
Georgia enjoyed cooking, working crossword puzzles and playing cards with friends. She attended First Baptist Church in Ferndale.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Kostanoski and wife Kathy of Byesville, Ohio, and Stan Kostanoski and wife Phyllis of Ferndale; four grandchildren, Kristine Smith and husband Kevin of Ferndale, Scott Kostanoski and Cheryl Kostanoski, both of Seattle, and Brian Kostanoski of Byesville, Ohio; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Wood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church's Mission Fund, 5759 Vista Dr., Ferndale, WA 98248.
Arrangements were by Moles Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ferndale.

Louisa Neubauer
Louisa Neubauer of Blaine passed away in Bellingham on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001. She was 89.
Mrs. Neubauer was born in Stark County, N.D., on Sept. 13, 1911. She lived in Antelope, N.D.
On April 2, 1928, she married Albert Neubauer. They later moved to Blaine where they were farmers. Louisa worked on the farm and loved gardening and flowers.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Ervin Neubauer.
Survivors include a son, Leo Neubauer of Bothell; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside service was held Tuesday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ferndale.
Arrangements were by Moles Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ferndale.

Anna Vander Meer
Former Lynden resident Anna J. (Van Dalen) Vander Meer of Bellflower, Calif., passed away on June 28, 2001. She was 95.
Survivors include a son, Sam Vander Meer and wife Sharalene of Bellflower; a grandson, Ken Vander Meer and wife Lore of Hawaii; a granddaughter, Gloria Chomo and husband John; three great-granddaughters; two sisters, Sue Schouten of Everson and Martha Plaatsman of Everett; and a brother, John H. Van Dalen of Lynden.
Besides her parents, Anna was preceded in death by three sisters.

Richard Cooper
Richard "Dick" M. Cooper of Maple Falls passed away at his home on Monday, Aug. 6, 2001. He was 74.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements and cremation are under the care of Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lynden.

Herman Miller

Herman W. Miller passed away at his Everson-area farm on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001. He was 83.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Gillies Funeral Home in Lynden.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday at Ten Mile Cemetery followed by memorial services at 2 p.m. in Laurel Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Cameron officiating.
A son of Henry and Magdalena (Elsner) Miller, Herman was born on the farm on Nov. 26, 1918. For more than 50 years he operated the dairy and cattle farm and many of his activities were centered around farming organizations.
Herman was a member and former board member of the Whatcom County Farm Bureau and the Whatcom County, Washington State and National Cattlemen's Associations. Since his early days included farming with horses, he was a member of the Draft Horse Association and participated in the annual plowing match in Lynden many times.
He attended the Ten Mile Chapel and was a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellingham, which he helped build. At the time of his death, he attended Laurel Community Baptist Church. He also helped build Lutherwood Bible Camp on Lake Samish. Herman was a charter member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, District 3, and served on the Ten Mile Cemetery Board.
On Oct. 15, 1975 he married Diane Post at his home. Together they donated 30 acres of land on Hemmi Road to county 4-H horse clubs, who developed it into the Herman Miller 4-H Horse Park. Their farm was also the first to become affiliated with the Whatcom County Land Trust.
Besides his wife, Diane, Herman is survived by two step-sons, Gregory Bower of Coulee City, Wash., and David Bower of Bellingham; two grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Saxon Post of the family farm; three sisters, Alma Gansler of Everson, and June Kaaland and husband Ron and Frieda Jordan and husband Paul, all of Bellingham; and numerous other relatives.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by four sisters, Ellen Miller, Mary Robson, Margaret Carlson and Minnie (Martinsen) Giarde.
Memorials may be made to the Laurel Baptist Church, 162 W. Laurel Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226; or to the Herman Miller 4-H Horse Park, c/o Rick Todhunter, 5999 Fazon Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226.
Services are under the care of Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lynden.

Edwin Fast
Edwin Jacob Fast of Ferndale passed away in Bellingham on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001. He was 86.
A son of John P. and Tina (Siemans) Fast, Edwin was born in Corn, Okla., on Sept. 11, 1915. He was baptized at age 15 in Premont, Texas.
Edwin came to Birch Bay from Premont in 1939. He worked as a logger and a farmer and was in the Laborers Union for 25 years. He was also an active member of the Birch Bay Bible Community Church.
His first wife, Ruth (Goossen) Fast predeceased him in January 1963. On Dec. 17, 1963 he married Edna Bergmann in Corn.
Survivors include his wife, Edna, of Ferndale; three sons, Ronald Fast and wife Joann and Stanley Fast and wife Reva, all of Fresno, Calif., and Marvin Fast and wife Lynn of Ferndale; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Ewert of Kingsburg, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wesley Fast of Reedley, Calif., Harry Fast of Ferndale and Calvin Fast of Garland, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Selma Bergmann of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Besides his first wife, Edwin was preceded in death by a son, Elden Fast, in June 1983.
Visitation will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Moles Funeral Home in Ferndale, 2039 Main Street. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7039 Jackson Road in Blaine, with the Rev. Jim Totzke officiating.
Since Edwin was a longtime deacon at the church, the family requests donations be made to the Birch Bay Bible Community Church deacon's fund, 7039 Jackson Road, Blaine, WA 98230.
Arrangements are under the care of Moles Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ferndale.

Evelyn Christy
Longtime Everson resident Evelyn Olive Christy of Port Orchard passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001. She was 96.
Born in Sunnyside, Wash., on Nov. 20, 1905, Evelyn was an adventurous woman. She lived in Hawaii and Alaska as a young woman, drove a taxi cab during World War II, and ran the Everson Tavern for many years with her husband, Joe.
Evelyn was a member of the I.O.O.B. and the American Legion.
Survivors include 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, Evelyn was predeceased by four sons and one brother.
At the request of the family there will be no services.
Arrangements were by Haven of Rest Funeral Home in Gig Harbor.

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