ROBERTA KATHRYN PARANICK 1926 – 2016
Bobbie, as she was known, was born to Charles Lane Adair and Kathryn Conway Adair on October 3, 1926 in a house on May Street in Bishop. She passed away on January 3, 2016 in Bishop Care Center, after a short stay there, receiving excellent care.
Bobbie met her husband, Vic, in Hawthorne, Nevada during a dance at the USO Club. Vic, a Rhode Island native, was stationed at the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot and Bobbie was living in Bobbit as her father had taken a civilian job on the base. Vic was sent to the South Pacific on the U.S. Pensacola and Bobbie continued with high school in Hawthorne, NV. After WWII ended, they were married in San Francisco on May 27, 1945 and lived there a short time before moving to Lee Vining. They were married for 60 years until Vic’s passing in 2005.
In Lee Vining, Bobbie was the Postmaster for 30 years before retiring in 1981. She was involved in many organizations including PTA, American Legion Auxiliary, Delta Epsilon Gama Sorority, Elks Lady Bills, and a host of activities to support her two sons. She loved people and made friends easily. She and Vic entertained often, hosting many parties in the home that they built themselves.
Upon retirement they relocated to Arizona where they spent the winter months making many friends with other Snow Birds from many places.
Their extensive travel would often would often include a visit to friends summer homes. They volunteered many hours at the Quarztsite Improvement Association. When they were not able to travel anymore, they moved to Bishop where Bobbie worked at Laws Railroad Museum, was a member of the Red Hats Society and the TOP’s Organization.
Tutu ( a South Pacific word for grandmother) is survived by her son, Dan and wife Mindy; Grandson Randy and wife Carey, and Great Grandsons, Mason and Max. Also surviving are her son, Tom and wife, Jo; Grandson, Danny and fiancée, Samantha; Great Granddaughters, Kendall and Emma; Grandson, Mike and wife Ana; Great Grandsons, Logan, Jackson, and Owen: Grandson, Steve and wife Callie and Great Granddaughters Megan and Tory. She is also survived by her brother Lane and his family. She was the backbone of a strong family.
A memorial service will be held in early summer. Contributions in Bobbie’s memory may be made to the Mono Basin Historical Society where she was a member.