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Obituaries

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MORRIS H. BOGERT

Morris H. Bogert, 86, a long-time Sunnyside resident and farmer, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004 at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Viewing will be held Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, Sunnyside.

A complete obituary will follow. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.

ALICE MCMATH

Alice McMath, 67, of Sunnyside died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004 at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

She was born Feb. 26, 1937 in Spokane, the daughter of Margaret Lee (Rodgers) and Wesley Goodrich McMath.

She served in the U.S. Navy. She received an honorable discharge.

She is survived by one sister, Pat Combs of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no formal services. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.

MICHAEL J. JOHNSON

Michael J. Johnson, 39, of Selah passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, after a valiant fight against ALS.

Mike was born Feb. 10, 1965 in Duluth, Minn. When he was about one, Mike’s family moved back to Sunnyside. He made many friends and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1983. He later attended Central Washington University, where he received his degree in accounting. Mike moved to Yakima after accepting a job at Alegria and Company, where he continued to work as a CPA until his disease forced his retirement. Mike was an excellent tax planner.

Mike met Kim Hazen on April Fools day and they were married on Sept. 23, 1989. His only son, Alec Michael Johnson was born on Dec. 31, 1996.

Mike was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2001. Even though it was a hard struggle, Mike never lost his sense of humor and quick wit. He made many new friends during his fight and discovered a new appreciation for family, friends and God. His twinkling eyes and warm smile will be greatly missed.

Mike is survived by his wife, Kim of Selah; his son, Alec of Selah; his parents, Dale and Shirley Johnson of Sunnyside; aunts and uncles, Darlene McMains of Everett, Edna and Bob Golob of Granger and Clarence and Doris Hedden of Washington D.C.; and numerous cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Graveside services for Mike will be held Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.

If you would like to honor Mike’s memory, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association’s Respite Care Program. Any donations may be sent to Keith and Keith Funeral Homes, where they will be forwarded to the ALS Association.

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