SALINAS, Calif. – Jeanne Groseclose of Salinas passed away on Monday, June 17, 2013. She was 83.
Mrs. Groseclose was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Grove City to Raymond and Clara Thompson.
She graduated from Grove City High School in 1947 with honors. In 1949, she married George M. Yeager and relocated to Fairbanks, Alaska, where subsequently her husband was appointed the first U.S. attorney for the newly admitted state of Alaska.
In Fairbanks, she was a Sunday school teacher and dedicated Boy Scout leader; and was active in Little League, Parent Teacher Association and Toastmistress Club. She was involved with Republican party politics and the statehood movement.
In 1962, she moved to California and married Robert Groseclose. She first worked for the Monterey Courthouse as a municipal court clerk and criminal court clerk deputy. The courthouse work was the job of her dreams, but in 1968 she left to join her husband to open Groseclose Electric.
She ran the office, never intending to become a contractor until her husband’s untimely death in 1977. The company had just been awarded two large jobs and she had to sink or swim. She secured her contractor’s license, incorporated the business and led her company through uncertain times.
In 1982, her son, George Yeager, joined her as chief financial officer and together they continued the tradition of running a successful and respected electrical contracting business until her retirement in 2006 to help care for her ailing husband, Paul Scettrini.
Jeanne was especially proud of her National Electrical Contracting Association involvement. She served several terms as a member of the board of directors and as treasurer and vice president. Additionally, she served countless hours both as chairman of the joint apprenticeship and training committee and on the negotiating and labor management committees. She was on the board of directors of the NECA West Business Insurance Group, which worked to start the first Alternative Disputes Resolution Program. Jeanne was especially proud of her Women in the Industry Award presented to her at the 1999 NECA convention in New Orleans.
Jeanne loved music and in her spare time was active in and served as secretary of the Hot Jazz Society of Monterey. She loved to attend music festivals and dance. In addition, she was an avid baseball and football fan, whether watching TV or listening to the radio. In retirement, her favorite activity was listening to a game on the radio while working in her backyard garden.