OBITUARY

Barbara Jean Pansarosa

March 15, 1931September 4, 2020

Barbara Jean Pansarosa was born in Exeter, California on March 15, 1931. She passed on Friday, September 4, 2020. Her family moved several times during her childhood eventually settling in Fresno.

She graduated from 4C Business College and went on to work for Canners Grocery store where she met the love of her life, Charles Pansarosa. They married December 3, 1951.

Barbara worked for FUSD as a Library Tech. She was the first person to earn an Associate of Science degree in Library Technology.

She is survived by her children Charles and Judith Pansarosa, Catherine Self; her grandchildren, Samantha and Adam Rieders, CJ Pansarosa and John Pansarosa.

Visitation will be held at Stephens & Bean Chapel on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00p.m.

A private family service will follow.

In lieu of flowers and honoring her love of animals, donations can be made to Valley Animal Center, Cats on the Kings or Chaffee Zoo.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private family services to be held.

Memories

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Marianne Danis

September 15, 2020

There are not enough words to describe how wonderful my Aunt Bobbie was. I have fond memories of pulling taffy and Candy Cane Lane. We spoke many times, on the phone, about her love of children and books and I can still remember her laughing and calling me "Honey." I can speak for both my mom and I, when I say her kind heart and soul were comparable to none. She will forever be missed, and will forever be loved. It makes me feel at peace to know that she, and Uncle Charlie, will happily be watching over all of us. Thank you for being the wonderful woman you were. Love and Hugs, until we meet again. M

Kathryn Jackson

September 14, 2020

I lived across the street from Bobbi for 25 years. Bobbi was a good neighbor. Bobbi and I only visited in each others home one time in the 25 years. We always
met on the sidewalk in front of our house or in the middle of the street and talked. She was a very interesting person to talk to. She loved taking vacations with her daughter And granddaughter. She always shared her vacation plans with me before she left and when she got back I always looked forward to hearing the details of her travel. Bobbi was dedicated to walking every day I admire that and wish I could’ve done it myself. But I was too lazy. Barbara loved cats,
most mornings there would be 8 to10 cats laying in her driveway.Barbara had a tortoise that walked across the street and rested on my front lawn one morning. I never saw it before but I figured it was hers. She said it crawled out under the fence. Carl and I will truly miss Bobbi. RIP

Judith Pansarosa

September 12, 2020

Remembering my mother-in-law.

Bobbie always had a way of expressing herself that reflected her Pecos, Texas, roots. "That's all she wrote," might be a parting comment she'd leave us with now.

Bobbie shared with me a tremendous amount of genealogical information, meticulously recorded all her adult life. For that, I'll be ever grateful.

Bobbie had a habit of writing down details in her journal of every event, large and small, that happened throughout her life. Names, dates, places- a treasure trove of family history.

During the three weeks Bobbie was in hospice care approaching the end of her life, my research uncovered the name of a "bachelor uncle" on Bobbie's maternal line of the family tree. Chuck told me this was the man his mother told him had started the recording of their family tree.

His name was Allen Wright Grave (1840-1915), born and died in Richmond, Indiana, descended from a long line of Quaker stock. His obituary included the following detail: "Mr. Grave was unusually methodical in his habits and one of these habits was the keeping of a diary in which he entered records of dates even to the hour, calls made upon him by his friends and notations of happenings which interested him."

These kinds of discoveries are what makes the art of genealogical research connect the distant past to the present. Bobbie never met Allen Wright Grave, but she clearly accepted the mantle of family historian in his memory and honor.

Bless you, Bobbie. May your soul be glad in the presence of all you have loved and all who have loved you.

"That's all she wrote."

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