Barbara Ruth 'Bobbi' Gard

March 18, 1923 April 2, 2003

Barbara Ruth "Bobbi" Gard, 80, formerly of Jamestown, died April 2 while visiting her daughter in Boise, Idaho.

Mrs. Gard was born in Bakersfield and had lived in Jamestown for 17 years before moving to Salinas more than a year ago.

She had many responsibilities in the Jamestown United Methodist Church and the Aronos Women's Research Club. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafts, dolls, shopping, working at the Cancer Discovery Shop and keeping up with family graduations, weddings and baby arrivals. She also belonged to the Salinas Women's Club and enjoyed getting acquainted with the Salinas area through the club's presentations.

Over the years, she had lived in many places with her family because her husband was in construction. She had belonged to Rexland Acres Christian Church, Bakersfield; Farmington Christian Church, Farmington, N.M., and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Aztec, N.M.

Her family said she was the life of the party, the wife every good man needs beside him, the best friend one ever wanted, the aunt one could confide in, the sister one could count on, the grandma one could have fun with no matter what their age and the mom everyone dreams of.

They said the way she displayed her Christian faith through her daily life gave them a true example of the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Pinky Gard, and her sister, Dorothy Reeves.

Mrs. Gard is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara and Bob Hunter of Boise, Idaho, and Patty and Bob Nelson of Salinas; a son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Dolores Gard of Valdez, Alaska; her sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Nick Caton of Lincoln; two sisters, Flo Martin of Oakdale and Joey Duff of Hermiston, Ore.; and a sister-in-law, Eutha Shannon of Vancouver, Wash.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at Salinas Valley Community Church, 368 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas. Aclesa Cremation and Burial Society, Boise, Idaho, handled arrangements.

Donations can be made to Northern California Shriners Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817, Masonic Home, 1650 Old Badillo St., Covina, CA 91724-3163, or Salinas Valley Community Church Chapter Two building fund, 368 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas, CA 93906.

Jessie Ruth Prosco

March 5, 1928 April 15, 2003

Jessie Ruth Prosco, 75, formerly of Columbia, died April 15 in Needles.

Mrs. Prosco was born in Union Town, Pa., and had lived in Columbia from 1969 to 2002. She had lived in Needles for the past year.

She graduated from high school in 1944 and was valedictorian of her class, with aspirations of going to medical school. However, she started working to help support her family and was unable to go to medical school because of a shortage of funds.

After World War II, she met and married Robert Prosco, and they started a family. In 1951, they moved to Southern California. As their family grew, she devoted herself to making a home for her husband and five children.

Her lifelong love of learning and reading was shared with her children through trips to the public library twice a week. Her family said her creative ideas and boundless energy flowed into her family's church and school activities, where she rose to leadership positions.

Mrs. Prosco was an artist, gardener and author. She wrote the satirical novels "In Search of Watt" and "Watt Again" after a run-in with an electric company.

For many years, she and her husband traveled to Bullhead City, Ariz., for the winter. Early in 2002, they decided to make a permanent home in Needles. They bought a "fixer-upper," and she plunged into the renovation.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert W. Prosco.

Mrs. Prosco is survived by her husband, Robert A. Prosco, of Needles; daughters Barbara Kephert of Carmel Valley, Susan Prosco of San Diego, Irene Densmore of Laguna Beach and Judith Herbert of Sonora.

Jensen-Carpenter Funeral Home, Needles, is handling arrangements.

Correspondence can be sent to Bob Prosco, P.O. Box 653, Needles, CA 92363.


FRAGUERO Louis Alfred Fraguero, 80, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FRY Marc Richard Fry, 44, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PUCCINELLI Mary Puccinelli, 81, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RAPHAEL Mary Lois Raphael, 94, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ORNDOFF A memorial service for Lawrence Orndoff, 52, of Sonora, who died March 22, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Woods Creek Park, Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.