Osa (Waago) ShervikJanuary 7, 1924 ~ November 18, 2017 (age 93)
Osa Waago Shervik, 93, of Nampa, passed into the loving arms of her Savior on November 18, 2017, at home, with her husband by her side. Osa was born on January 7, 1924, to Jens and Ragna Waago, on the island of Nord-Gjeslingan, located on the coast of Norway, in the harsh part of the Norwegian Sea.
Life on the Norwegian island was challenging especially during WW II. Being the youngest and only girl of four children, her chores included collecting peat moss and driftwood for their fires and seagull eggs for baking. As a young teen she worked for a tailor as a seamstress. She met the love of her life in 1949 when a young American boy, David Shervik, was visiting his family living on the same island. While dating they attended a youth camp where she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Following their engagement Osa left her homeland to follow David to America. She shared the story of the entire island community following her to the dock the morning she left. She traveled by boat, on her own, to New York City, arriving in the spring of 1951. Osa was picked up and was driven to the west coast with her future in-laws, Ingvald and Ruth Shervik, since David was on active duty with the Army. They were married on July 21, 1951, in La Crescenta, California. While David finished his tour of duty, Osa worked for a doctor and his family. During her time there she taught herself to speak, read, and write the English language. Their first son, James, was born in November, 1952. David was Honorably Discharged from the Army after his tour in Korea, in 1953, and they moved to Crescent City, California. Their second son, Raymond, was born in March, 1954. Osa loved being a homemaker but was very involved in helping David in the management of a trailer park while he also worked at the local lumber mill. On November 17, 1955, Osa proudly became an American citizen. Their third child, Linda, was born March, 1960. Two months later the family moved to the Treasure Valley where David established Shervik and Shervik Builders. Osa set up house (one of many through the years) where she lovingly cared for her children and was David’s helpmate with his rental and construction business. She loved camping and competitive fishing with her husband. She loved the water, even though being born and raised on an island she never learned how to swim. She loved music, cooking and baking, caring for her roses, sewing, knitting, and crocheting many beautiful items that many friends and family enjoy to this day. She was very involved in her church where she taught Sunday School, worked in the nursery, led the Women’s Ministry group and provided meals and baked goods to those in need.
Osa is survived by her husband, David of Nampa; 2 Sons and Daughters-in-Law, James and Kittie Shervik and Raymond and Cindy Shervik, all of Nampa 1 Daughter and Son-in-Law, Linda and Glenn Welk, Anacortes, Washington; eight grandchildren and eleven (soon to be thirteen) great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother and father and her three brothers, Atle, Helge, and Torgrim Waago, all of Norway.
A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, November 25, at 2:00 p.m., at College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E. Dewey Ave. in Nampa. A private burial will preceed the memorial service at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. – Nampa – 208-442-8171. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com
The family suggest a memorial contribution may be made to Good News India, at their website www.goodnews india.org. David and Osa are long time sponsors of this orphanage and school in India.