Elisa Soriano, 32, of Grandview died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004,
at Sunnyside Community Hospital.
She was born Oct. 30, 1971 to Ciro Soriano in Mexico. She
had made her home in Grandview for the last three months. She worked for Mercer
She is survived by her husband, Floriberto Garcia of
Grandview; two sons and one daughter, all of Mexico.
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 30, 2004,
from 3 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be held at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home,
Sunnyside. Burial will follow at a later date in Mexico.
JOHN GERRIT GROEN
John (Jan) Gerrit Groen, 89, of Zillah and a long-time
Sunnyside resident went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, after a short
He was born April 14, 1915 in Leota, Minn., to Gerrit Sr.
and Henrietta Groen. He received his early education in Minnesota. During his
early teen years his family moved to Lynden, where John helped with the family
farm. He later worked with his brother, Gerrit, at the farm.
On Nov. 24, 1944 he married Judith E. Gelms in Lynden.
Together they owned a dairy farm. During this time they had three children,
Jerry, Jean and Joyce. In 1963 they moved to Quincy to farm, where John always
said, “His bones felt better on the Eastern side of the mountains.” In 1967
they moved to Sunnyside, where they owned a dairy farm and vineyard. After
their retirement in 1975 from dairying, John wasn’t ready to retire, so they
purchased rental properties in the Sunnyside and Grandview areas. John and Judy
operated the rentals until Judy’s death in April of 1990.
On Dec. 18, 1991 John married Phebe Broers in Grandview.
They lived in Sunnyside for a few years and moved to Zillah in 1993. John and
Phebe enjoyed traveling and relaxing with family and friends, and he acquired
the hobby of fishing.
John was a life-time member of the Christian Reformed
Church, where he served as an elder and deacon at various times. He also served
on the Sunnyside Christian School Board. He was a member of Gideon’s
International, and volunteered with the Lower Valley Volunteer Chore service.
John’s mission in life was truly to be a “servant of the Lord.” John knew no
strangers and his greatest joy was to help and counsel others. He loved to
share Christ. John deeply loved his family and friends, and loved to visit with
John is survived by his wife of 11 years, Phebe Groen of
Zillah; his son, Jerry Lee Groen of Sunnyside; his daughter, Joyce Pendleton
and husband, Michael, of Zillah; his grandson, Robby Graff and children, of
Tillamook, Ore.; his granddaughter, Caley Groen and her son, Evan, of
Tillamook; granddaughter, Erin Thomas and husband, Jeremy, and their son,
Kolby, of Grandview; grandson, Mark Pendleton and wife, Heather, of Zillah; a
brother, William Goren and wife, Freda, of Lynden; a sister, Elizabeth Baas of
Lynden; his sisters-in-law, Annie Groen and Ada DeJong, both of Lynden; and
numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his step-children, their
children and grandchildren, Cheryl Carter and husband, Ralph, of Stanwood;
Everett “Bud” Winter and wife, Ruth, of Marysville; Steven Winter and wife,
Denise, of Arlington, and Valerie and husband, Ken, of Stanwood.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Elsie Groen;
daughter, Jean Louise Groen; a brother, Gerrit Groen; a sister, Alice Groen;
and his parents, Gerrit Sr. and Henrietta Groen.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, from 10
a.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held
Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church.
Concluding services and burial will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens,
Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Redeemer Ranch of
Center, Colo., c/o Delmar Groen, County Rd., #50, Center, Colo., 81125. Smith
Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.