Rose Schnoberger

Rose Schnoberger

Rose Schnoberger

Rose Schnoberger, at the age of 84 years, passed on Friday, October 16th, 2009 at 1:10PM. Her husband Edward Schnoberger, daughter’s Karen Richins and Kathryn Mason were at her side. She spent the last 14 months at Arbor Heights Adult Family where she was lovingly cared for by the owners and their staff. Prior to moving to the AFH Rose spent 7 months at a skilled nursing facility after being diagnosed with Picks Disease. She suffered from Colitis at the time of her death. Ed resides at their home in West Seattle and visited her daily. He fondly calls his wife ‘Rosie’ as do many family members and friends.

Rose-in-Alaska-abt-1928Her parents Jorgen Olai Bang Kristiansen and Elisa Hansine Ingebrigtsdatter Oppedal migrated from Norway aboard the Scandinavian America Line steamship Hellig Olav. They arrived in New York on Sept. 18th, 1906 and moved to Petersburg, Alaska where Rose was born on December 19, 1924. The family settled in Seattle, Washington when she was a teenager. Her brother’s Clarence and John, and sister’s Selma, Mabel and predeceased her.

Ed and Rose met at Highline High School. They married in on December 10th, 1948 and celebrated their 60th anniversary last December. They built a house in Skyway, near Renton, WA where they raised their daughters, Karen and Kathy. During her daughter’s school years Rose, an excellent seamstress, made all of their clothes. After her daughters finished high school she went back to work as an executive secretary for an electronics company and stayed there until she retired at the age of 62.

Ed and Rosie built their 2nd house in 1976 next to Ed’s parent’s home in West Seattle. The house has a wet bar and dance floor in the basement and they hosted many memorable and fun parties. During their retirement years they traveled extensively taking over 40 cruises and numerous trips to Las Vegas and Reno. Rose loved traveling and family gatherings. She was always ready for a laughter filled party surrounded by family and friends.

Rose has three grandchildren. Heather Richins, daughter of Karen Richins. Mark and David Mason, son’s of Kathryn Mason.

A “Celebration of the Life of Rose Schnoberger” will be held on November 14th. Please contact for information and post your fond memories of Rose on this website.

Rose and Ed celebrating Christmas Eve December 24th 1967

Rose and Ed celebrating Christmas Eve December 24th 1967

8 Responses to “Rose Schnoberger”

  • Karen Richins says:

    Mom . . . Holidays will never be the same without your beautiful smile. I’ll do my best to take care of Daddydooo. He misses you very much. Tessie sends you a lick on the nose where ever you are in heaven. I Love you Mommydoooo!

  • Linda Brice says:

    On behalf of my father, Laurence Rodstol, and long time friend and neighbor of Ed and Rose I would like to send my prayers and thoughts to the family. Dad moved 2 years ago from the neighborhood to be closer to us in Tacoma, but he still speaks of Ed and Rose and the kindness shown to him over the years.

  • Natalie Williams says:

    Our most sincere wishes for healing, and a renewal of family bonds as you acknowledge this loss. Our neighborhood is less without her radiant smile.

  • Jim Fliday says:

    Ed, Karen and Kathy,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Rose was so nice and I’ll never forget how good she and Ed were to me and my family when they were here. I really appreciate that. I know that you miss her terribly but the memory of all the good times you had together will ease the pain and bring you peace. My sincerest condolences to you all.

  • Karrin Marchant says:

    My family and i were very suprized and saddened to here that aunt Rose had past. we will miss here greatly and i remeber my grandmother Emma speaking of her fondly and of storys of when they were young. I remeber aunt Rose and uncle ed coming up to alaska to visit. during the summer. that was always a fun time for are family. we will miss you aunt rose.

  • Frances Samuelson says:

    We are saddened to hear Rose passed away. I remember many times after Martie & I moved to Tacoma in 61 we drove up to spend the week end with Rose & Ed, always had a great time. I also remember them storing our things when we moved back to Cordova, till one of the tenders could bring it up. Have always very much appreciated all their help.

  • Pat Rinnert & Mike Rollins says:

    Mike and I were so sorry to hear that Rose had left us. We always enjoyed seeing Rose and Ed out and about. We agree with Natalie – Rose had the most beautiful smile. Ed, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your neighbors, Mike and Pat.

  • Arleatta Williams says:

    I only met Rose a few times but always thought she was a lovely person. Emma always spoke lovingly of her. I am her brother John’s daughter in law.

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