Palmer resident Rose Ann Emily Kolberg died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Palmer while surrounded by family and friends. She was 72.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Friday, May 30, at St. John Lutheran Church in Palmer. Pastor Jonathan Rockey will officiate.
Graveside services will follow at Valley Memorial Park Cemetery at Mile 12.4 on the Old Glenn Highway. A reception will be held at St. John Lutheran Church following the graveside service.
A celebration of life potluck for friends and family will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the American Legion, Post No. 15 on Outer Springer Loop.
Mrs. Kolberg was born Christmas Day 1935, in Porterfield, Wis., to Wilbert and Emily Panske. She attended Miles Elementary School and graduated from Lourdes High School in 1953. She was a member of the Marinette 4-H Club and the Square Dance Club. After graduation, she worked at Marinette City Hall, Marinette County Courthouse and Scott Paper Mill in Wisconsin.
She married Armand E. Kolberg on Oct. 19, 1957. She resided in the Palmer area, arriving just weeks prior to the 1964 earthquake. She worked at Wal-Mart in Wasilla for the past 12 years. She also was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 15 and Women of the Moose, Lodge No. 793.
"Rosie's loves in life included her husband Armand, whom she missed dearly, family and friends. Her passions were grandchildren, gardening, helping others and working in the church. She cherished her dog, Sidney. She enjoyed sewing and shopping. She treasured opportunities to prepare gourmet meals for family gatherings. She enjoyed creating beautiful floral arrangements for weddings and the annual church confirmation class. Working in her greenhouse and garden, especially in her legendary raspberry patch, brought her endless pride and joy. She won many blue ribbons for her flower and vegetable entries in the Alaska State Fair," her family said. "Mom lives on in all of us. She touched the lives of everyone she met and is special to all who knew her. She loved her family and friends with all her heart. Her larger than life presence and sense of humor at family get-togethers will be deeply missed. We feel an empty sadness at our loss but rejoice that she was confident in the promise that she will be with our Lord and Savior and that we would reunite one day. She would often remind us that God is in control."
Mrs. Kolberg was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Armand E. Kolberg; parents; and brother, Michael Gene Panske.
She is survived by her sons, Harvey Kolberg and his wife, Jackie, Armand M. Kolberg and his wife, Julie, and David Kolberg and his wife, Wendy of Palmer; daughter, Jody Fenton and her husband, Murray of Soldotna; and grandchildren Allison, Kyle, Kelsey, Michael, Kalen, Jamie, Sandra, Zachary, Megan, Konnor, Karson and her 12th grandchild due in two weeks.
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