Rosa Lee TerWisscha

  Rosa Lee TerWisscha, beloved wife and mother, went home to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 3, 2019, after a brief illness.

  Rosa Lee was born in Sioux Center, Iowa, on March 4, 1937, to John and Marie (Schoulten) Hollander. She moved to Lynden at age 5 and graduated from Lynden Christian High School.

  In 1955 she married her sweetheart, Ernie TerWisscha. They raised six sons in their home on 10 acres near Lynden. She was known for her deep and abiding faith and her love for gathering with family and friends. For 77 years, she attended and served at Third Christian Reformed Church of Lynden.

  Ever active, Rosa Lee regularly exercised in Swimnastics at the Lynden YMCA. She enjoyed fishing and often out-fished Ernie. For many years, they square danced together.

  Alongside Ernie, Rosa Lee started and ran Ernie’s Jack Shop (which later became NorWest Hydraulic and Pneumatic), partnered in Pacific Insulation and managed a mobile home park. Rosa Lee also sold Avon and Fashion Frocks and hosted Tupperware parties.

  In retirement, they journeyed in their fifth-wheel trailer and were snowbirds in Arizona and California.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Roger and a stillborn baby boy.

  Rosa Lee is survived by Ernie, her devoted husband of 64 years; son Rick and wife Rose TerWisscha of Lynden; son Roger’s widow, Erika TerWisscha of Sunnyside, Washington; son Ron and wife DaMond TerWisscha of Everson; son Randy and wife Terri TerWisscha of Bellingham; son Ray and wife Lynn TerWisscha of Sumas; son Ryan TerWisscha of Lynden; sister Karla and husband Herm Gunst of Lynden; brother Dennis and wife Lynette Hollander of Birch Bay and brother Ed and wife Marta Hollander of Whistler, B.C. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a large extended family.

  You are invited for visitation and viewing from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Gillies Funeral Home. Please join the family for graveside committal at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in Monumenta Cemetery, followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at Third Christian Reformed Church.

  Donations may be made in her name to Lynden Christian Schools and Whatcom Hospice.

  You may also share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at

  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.