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Obituaries

ELISA SORIANO

ELISA SORIANO

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 Ranches.

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 illness.

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 them.

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.

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