Kathleen, a Montana native, was born to Wayne and Josephine Ferguson in Billings on November 24th, 1952. She grew up in Roundup and graduated from Roundup High School, the Panthers in June of 1970, where she also wrote for the school newspaper, the “Parade”. She was a proud Honors Society member and was elected to the prestigious Quill and Scroll organization. She met her life-long best friends during this time, Diane Bianchi, Deborah Goffena, and Barbara Goffena. Kathleen attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman from the Fall of 1970 until the Spring of 1973. She met the love of her life and soul mate John Bobinski at college in the Fall of 1972. They had a whirlwind romance and were married on June 11th, 1973, in Bozeman. They moved to Atlanta, Georgia later that summer so John could attend law school. While in Atlanta, Kathleen worked for AFCO Insurance as a secretary and receptionist. When John graduated in the Spring of 1976, they moved to Helena, which they proudly called home, and where they have lived ever since. Kathleen worked for a time as a planner technician in the Planning Division of the Montana Highway Department (called the Montana Department of Transportation now). Shortly after the birth of her first child Matthew in August of 1981 she quit her job to become a stay-at-home mother and full-time homemaker. Her second child Adam was born in April of 1986. Around this time, Kathleen became a dedicated member of the East Helena United Methodist Church. A member of this church, Shirley Thomas, was a friend of Kathleen’s from her Roundup days and Kathleen considered her own participation in the church to be an important part of her life and enjoyed very much the time she spent with the church, its pastors, and its members. Working for the church, she participated in the church’s United Methodists Women’s Group, and she taught Sunday school for a time. Having two sons, Kathleen wanted a daughter, and she was blessed with Eileen being born in September of 1995. Kathleen traced her roots on her father’s side all the way back to the Revolutionary War and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She loved to create art and began to make artworks, cards, bookmarks, and more with pressed flowers. Kathleen especially loved wildflowers and began selling her creations on Etsy with her business Stemple Pass Creations. She considered it a lifelong dream to sell her art and she was very successful doing so. In August of 2021, Kathleen learned that she had an aggressive form of cancer. Due to her previous diagnosis of lupus; as well as how weak she had become from her other ailments; Kathleen was unable to properly seek treatment for her cancer. Despite her tough journey, she never allowed her health to get her down or in the way of enjoying life. She kept a smile on her face and a laugh in her heart at all times. She and her husband John, surrounded by her family and friends celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in the week before she died. Kathleen was a very warm and outgoing person. She made friends wherever she went, loved life’s splendor and beauty, and will be greatly and deeply missed by all who knew her.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at East Helena United Methodist Church, 513 East Riggs St, East Helena with a reception to follow.