Barbara Joan Peterson passed away on March 16, 2019, at Kodiak Providence Hospital surrounded by family.
Barb was born in Wheatland, Oregon, to Kendall Casey Dennis Cobban and Gwendolyn Lenora Davidson Cobban on December 11, 1935. She was the second child and only girl of six children.
The Cobban’s moved from Oregon to Alaska in 1939 where Casey worked as a civilian electrician on the Navy Base in Sitka.
When Pearl Harbor was attacked all non-essential personnel were sent to the Lower 48. The Cobban children along with their mother spent the war years with relatives in Taft, Oregon. On the trip south aboard a steam-ship Barb celebrated her sixth birthday.
In 1943 Casey was sent to work on Rugged Island near Seward. Barb and the rest of the Cobban Clan joined him in 1944 and lived in Seward until 1953 when they moved to Seldovia.
There, she met and married Henry “Sonny” Peterson. In 1959 they moved back to Seward then on to Kodiak in 1962.
Barb grew up in and around the fishing industry. After working retail for some years at Norman’s, and the old Kraft’s and Kodiak Commercial Building’s, Sonny and Barbara purchased the salmon siener “New Stranger” and the family fished until 1981 when they built the fishing vessel “Raven.” Barb went from stacking leads to being a full time cook for a crew of five.
After Sonny retired, they spent many summers at their cabin in Uganik Bay. It was one of her favorite places to be.
She leaves behind a legacy of love and memories her family and friends will dearly miss.
Barb is survived by her husband Sonny, son’s Henry Jr., Howard and Geoffry, three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one soon-to-be great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brothers Gary, Mike, and Craig Cobban.
We will honor her memory during this year’s Memorial Day Blessing of the fleet which she loved to participate in.