Fern Elizabeth Joebgen

10/16/1950 — 02/15/2020

From Benton City, WA | Born in Riverdale, ND

CANCELED // Celebration of Life

Sat, March 21, 2020, 2:00 pm
Einan’s at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA US 99352

Fern Elizabeth Joebgen

Fern Elizabeth Joebgen passed away February 15, 2020 at Kadlec hospital.

Fern was born October 16, 1950, in Riverdale, North Dakota to Dale & Agnes Joebgen.  She was the 2nd born of 4 children. Her father worked construction, so the family moved often and saw all parts of the country, but always called South Dakota home. She graduated from Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1968. She settled in the Seattle area to raise her children.

She was a dedicated Mother raising her boys on her own.  She adored her Grandchildren and took great pride in showing them off when they would go visit.  She collected recipes and enjoyed watching cooking shows, when time permitted she loved cooking. She looked forward to the horse races every year, and then she’d promptly call her Dad to discuss the winners and should have been winners. She enjoyed puzzles and was an avid reader. When she could catch a break at work, she would visit her parents and Grandmother Iva in Benton City, taking time to see their gardens and visit with her Grandmother as they would work on a puzzle. Any chance she got, she spent with her family.

Fern was an extremely hard worker and retired after 37 years with Howard S. Wright Construction in the accounting department. After retiring she moved from the Seattle area to Benton City to live with her oldest son & daughter in law. She loved to sit and watch the Great Grandbabies run around and play. They truly brought her joy.

Her laugh and love for each of us will be greatly missed.

Fern is survived by her sons Alex & Laci Matarazzo and Tim Matarazzo. Her grandchildren Seth & Amber Matarazzo, Cora & Alex Webb, Trey Matarazzo and Jessica & Paul Johnson. Her great- grandchildren Bobbi Marie & Agnes Matarazzo, Corbin, Elodie, Tanner, Conner & Hailee Johnson. She is also survived by her father Dale Joebgen, brother Mike & Karen Joebgen and her niece Kelly Ann Joebgen & partner Tim O’Niell.

She is preceded in death by her first son Jonathon Matarazzo, her mother Agnes Joebgen, older brother Wade Joebgen and little sister Jill Joebgen.

Her family will be honoring her memories on March 21, 2020 at Einan’s at Sunset in Richland Washington at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers please make a charitable donation to Grace Clinic by going to their website www.gracecliniconline.org all other donations given to the family will be given to the Super Hero Lunch fund through Richland School District.

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  • Fern was my boss for many years. I enjoyed working with her very much.

    Basia Rose (Toni Herkenrath)
    March 28, 2020
  • So sad to loose a good woman. We worked together for a number of years and shared many of the same interests. She will be missed

    Jackie JJJackie Choat
    March 5, 2020
    Seeattle, WA
  • I was saddened when I heard about Fern’s passing. The Jobgen family moved to Lincoln,ID I’m guessing 1967. Fern was in my graduating class in 1968. I became friends with her and her brother Mike during this time. I was able to connect with Fern a little over a year ago. I have found memories of her. Deepest sympathy to the family.
    Your mother had the most beautiful red hair I’ve ever seen.

    Jane Bahr(Sears)
    March 5, 2020
    Ammon, Idaho
  • So sorry for your loss. We truly enjoyed your visits to the Nelson homestead . Your mom was a lot like Aunt Agnes, family meant so much to both of them.
    Your whole family is in our prayers.

    Curtis & Diana Nelson

    March 4, 2020
    Velva ND