Fern grew up first in Forsyth, where she attended grade school. She later moved to Thompson Falls with her parents, where she continued to attend school. While working for a woman in Eddy, Montana, she met the woman’s brother and her future husband, Archy Tobiska. They were married June 12, 1941, and continued to abide in Thompson Falls, with a short detour to Coos Bay, Ore. After an interruption in their married life by Art’s service in the Army Air Force, they settled on a Farm near Thompson Falls to raise their family and moved into the town in 1951. They remained in Thompson Falls until the summer of 1961 when they moved to Moscow, Idaho. They purchased a home at 1002 East F Street, where Fern remained until her death.
Fern decided to remain in the home and raise her family, becoming active in all the activities of her children. She became a den mother, a bluebird leader, a 4-H leader, a seamstress, a caregiver, a hostess, and a guide for all kinds of life’s situations.
Community service was always important in her life as were the arts. She enjoyed music, poetry, writing, and sketching. Sketches of family were most important to her. She became accomplished with her needle work, as evidenced by the table cloths and bedspreads she made. Her latest family member (not human) was a Chihuahua named Sparky. Many have met him, and during the past four years he provided much needed companionship and comfort that only a pet provides.
Fern was cared for in her home the past 10 years and was able to celebrate her 90th birthday with friends and family July 27, 2013 in her home. She passed away August 1, at 10:15 p.m. at the Kindred Care facility at Aspen Park. She is already greatly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday August 5, at noon at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Ed Eby presiding.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow and online condolences may be sent to shortsfuneralchapel.com.