West Shore matriarch Edna Obexer dies
Described by friends and family as loyal, resilient and feisty, West Shore matriarch Edna Obexer passed away in her Lake Tahoe home March 14 at 84 years old.Born in 1922 in North Carolina, Edna was a Navy nurse during World War II when she met Herb Obexer and, following her discharge, moved with Herb to his familys Lake Tahoe home.Though she wasnt accustomed to mountain living, she fell in love with Tahoes West Shore.Edna and Herb operated Obexers Boat Company as successors to Herbs parents. During this time Edna also served as the postmaster at the Homewood U.S. Post Office for 35 years.Following her husbands death in 1987, Edna continued to single-handedly operate and manage Obexers Boat Company for 15 years.She ran a good, tight ship [at Obexers] after Herb died, said long-time friend and neighbor Bill Briner. She was in charge and ran a good program down there.Friends recount Obexers gruffness, saying she had a tough exterior but was fiercely kind to her loved ones.She and I had an unusual relationship in that you dont get a granddaughter and grandmother as close as we were, said granddaughter Sarah Obexer-Fields.And when Obexer wasnt working, she loved to tell tales of Old Tahoe stories of mischief, snow levels above the roofline, homebound fiascoes and family tragedy.Just her stories, oh god, would absolutely captivate people here … you could sit and listen to her for hours upon hours. Its so sad a lot of them are gone now, Obexer-Fields said.And because many of Obexers peers had left the West Shore or had died, most of her stories fell upon young ears. She loved hanging out with the next generation of Tahoe, Obexer-Fields said.We always used to say Edna could party with the best of us, she added.West Shore Roofing owner Joe Quinn attributes his successful business to Obexers guidance. With grandmother-like care, she gave him the opportunity to kick-start his roofing company by working for her at the marina, Quinn said.Quinn loved to work with Obexer because she was always straightforward, he added.She was really a cool, cool lady, said Quinn. She wouldnt take any heat from anyone.And while love for a partner brought Obexer to Lake Tahoe, it was her love of the area that kept her here. Obexer will be missed by many, but her legacy at Obexers Boat Company will endure.Im going to miss her. Im going to dearly miss her, Obexer-Fields said. She was more than just my grandmother my partner, my best friend, my guardian angel.