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Barbara Bobbie Brolliar Esenarro
September 11, 1931-June 24, 2011
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Barbara “Bobbie” Brolliar Esenarro was born Sept. 11, 1931, at Dameron Hospital in Stockton. She was the daughter of Vernon and Thelma Brolliar. Her father and grandfather worked for Dari-Maid Creamery. The family lived on the 1300 block of Wall Street. She grew up in Tracy and attended Central and West Park schools. She spent her freshman year at Tracy High School. She moved to Manteca at the age of 15 and attended Manteca High School for 3 years, graduat-ing in 1949. In high school, she worked at the fountain of her uncle’s Central Pharmacy at Main and Yosemite, a popular teen gathering place. Just down the street from The Scoop, was another hangout where Evelyn Sasser worked. They became friends and remained friends for all these years. She went to dances at Trianon Ballroom in Stockton and there she met Tony Esenarro, who played basketball on a local team that gathered at the ballroom. Six months later, they were married on June 18, 1950. She moved to Tracy in 1952 and bought a house in Lewis Manor on the west side of Tracy. Tony, who had worked for Berberian Liquors, had developed back problems and had to change jobs. He went to barber college and joined his father, Julian Esenarro, at Julian’s Barber Shop on 11th Street next to the Tracy Inn. The barbershop moved to “B” Street. Maynard Goodman became a barber in the shop. Later, Dan Tafoya bought the bar-ber shop when Tony retired with increasing problems with arthritis. Barbara, who was a homemaker raising two children, had worked with her mother, Thelma Brolliar, at the Little Flower Shop for many years. “At the flower shop, we dealt with people on special occasions: wed-dings, funerals, Easter and other holidays. It was hectic at times but always interest-ing. And we had to be dis-creet sometimes. Men would come in and order flowers for their mistresses. We were sworn to secrecy. We were like the church: “We wouldn’t tell any-thing.” After Tony died in 1982, she went back to work. First with Frances Swenson at Steppin’ Out Shoes on West 10th Street and later with Mary Jane Berger at MJ’s women’s store in Ten-Bee Village. She then worked at JR Furniture on Tracy Boulevard, with Kitty Schwartz at Kitty Marie’s Spa on Central Avenue, Ace Hardware at Tracy Boulevard and Grant Line Road and Evelyn Sasser’s paper- product store. “Until I retired nine years ago, I was in retail sales for many years, and I always loved meeting the public.” After she and Evelyn closed Evelyn’s store for the day, they often found their way to the Tracy Inn bar for a little after-work re-freshments and fellowship. “We would walk in, and ev-eryone would say, ‘Hi, Ev and Bobbie,’ and our drinks were already waiting for us at the bar. We had a lot of fun meeting up with many of our friends.” Nine years ago, Barbara moved from Tracy to Manteca to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Tim Stiern. “I cooked and gardened and helped wherever I could, and cared for my grandchildren.” At this time, Barbara was able to travel. Santa Cruz and Monterey were her favorite destinations, but she also was able to travel throughout the U.S., even river-rafting, and to Hawaii and Europe. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer. After chemo treatment, her condition was stabilized, but recently the cancer returned, leading to her hospitalization at Doctors Hospital in Manteca. She returned home, where she died the morning of June 24. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Sandy Stiern and husband, Tim, of Manteca; her son, Don Esenarro of Winnemucca, NV.; and five grandchildren, Tod and wife, Carmen; Brent and wife, Krystalynn Stiern and Malinda, Alissa and Jessica Esenarro, as well as five great grandchildren and her dearest friends Gwen Hubbard and Evelyn Sasser. Arrangements for Mrs. Esenarro are under the direction of P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home of Manteca. Barbara will be laid to rest along- side her beloved husband Tony Esenarro at the Tracy Public Cemetery, 600 East Schulte Road, Tracy on Tuesday, June 28th, at 11:00 am. For condolences to her family please visit our website at search/obituaries

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Tuesday, June 28, 2011