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Ruth "Jean" Vosberg

March 17, 1932 — May 31, 2018

Ruth “Jean” Vosberg, 86

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and teacher, Ruth “Jean” Vosberg, 86, of Kingston, Idaho, passed away peacefully May 31, 2018 at Kootenai Health of Coeur d’ Alene.  She was born March 17, 1932 in Kellogg, Idaho; Jean was the daughter of George W. and Ruth M. (Murray) Buchanan.

Jean has lived in the Silver Valley all of her life.  She attended and graduated from the Kellogg High School in 1950.  Jean attended the University of Idaho, receiving her bachelor and masters degrees in education.

Jean was united in marriage to Arnold A. Vosberg on April 1, 1955 in Kellogg.

Jean served as a school teacher and principal for the Kellogg School District #391 for thirty-eight plus years.

During her college years at the University of Idaho, Jean was a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority.  In later years, Jean was a member and very involved in the Order of Eastern Star in local and state functions, a member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church of Pinehurst, a member of the Idaho Education Association, a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority, a member of the Idaho State Text Book Reviews Committee and she taught classes for 55 Alive.

Jean loved sewing and was a wonderful seamstress- she was known for her custom ski wear.  She also enjoyed oil painting and was a journalist.  Jean, with her friendly and outgoing personality, was a real people person- she never met a stranger. Jean so loved talking and visiting with former students and anyone; Jean served as a greeter (known as “Blossom”) at the Snake Pit of Enaville.  She also enjoyed kissing the tops of bald-headed gentlemen.

Jean is survived by two children Elizabeth “Liz” (Mitch) Menke of Kellogg; Steve Vosberg of Kingston; one step-son Randy Reil of Corona, South Dakota; five grandchildren Byron Vosberg, Teresa (Tyler) White, Philip (Jenn) Roth, Danny (Michelle) Vosberg and Brittney Vosberg; seven great-grandchildren.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold, one brother John Buchanan and one niece Terri Buchanan-Wante.

A Celebration of Jean’s Life will be held and announced at a later date.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to the charity of the Donor’s choice.

One may sign Jean’s online guest book at

SHOSHONE FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORY KELLOGG, IDAHO is entrusted with cremation services.

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