Obituary: Trisha LeeAnn Tomko


Trisha LeeAnn Tomko

January 9, 1973 – January 18, 2022

Trisha went to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father when she passed away at home on January 18, 2022, with her family by her side. She fought for many years a hard battle with the illness and disease anorexia. 

Born in Winnipeg, MB to parents Al and Marion Tomko, the family moved to Blaine in 1977. She graduated from Blaine High School in 1991 and loved playing the clarinet in band. 

Trisha was a competitive figure skater throughout British Columbia from ages 7–16, always winning a medal. She would cross the border at 5 a.m. to practice at White Rock, Cloverdale, Coquitlam and North Shore rinks. She skated professionally with Disney On Ice and traveled the U.S. and Canada. She also loved coaching her students at the Sportsplex in Bellingham.

Trisha worked for her dad at Tomko’s Real Bones in Blaine for many years. She enjoyed watching and feeding the squirrels and birds. She loved butterflies and had a collection of items with them on it. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends. 

Trisha was a member of Christ the King church in Lynden and volunteered as a greeter. She joined the single sisters group at CTK and looked forward to their monthly meetings. 

Trisha is predeceased by her dad, Al, in 2009; uncle Peter Tomko; and uncle Walter Ryback in 2019. She is survived by her mother, Marion Tomko; sister Tannys (Roy) Tussing of Blaine; brothers Todd Tomko and Terry Tomko; nieces and nephews Joshua, Alex and Teraya; many aunts, uncles and cousins in British Columbia and Manitoba; ex-husband Kevin Nolte; and ex-husband of 20 years, Jeff Kersch. She leaves behind her spoiled friend, red Doberman Franz (grandma’s grandchild).

The family would like to thank her hospice team of Dr. Shelley Rice, and all her nurses for their loving, compassionate care. Thank you also to North Whatcom Fire and Rescue for all their help and assistance. 

Per Trisha’s wishes, there will be no Celebration of Life. There will be a private family service at a later date at Hillsdale Cemetery in Blaine. In her memory, donations can be made to Hospice House at Please sign the book of memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at

Forever in our hearts, Trisha will be greatly missed.