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Obituaries

ANNA LEE CHRISTENSON

ANNA LEE CHRISTENSON

Anna Lee (Brumley) Christenson, 62, of Prosser passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at her home in Prosser.

Anna was born July 16, 1941 in Yakima to Anna (Williams) and Ralph Brumley, the youngest of 11children.

Anna received her education in Mabton.

She made her home in Mabton, until moving to Sunnyside in 1987.

In 1994 Anna moved to Grandview making her home with her daughter, Sandra Rivera.

In 2002 the family moved to Prosser.

Anna worked for many years with the Mabton School District and as a caregiver with the developmentally disabled.

Anna retired due to ill health in July of 2001.

She touched the lives of many people and will be missed by all who knew her.

Anna is survived by two daughters, Judi (Rocha) Mejia of Kennewick and Sandra (Rocha) Rivera and husband, J. Trini, of Prosser; one son, Courtney Bales of Michigan;

special kids, Thom and Starr McDaniel; five grandsons, Angel, Nick and Michael Mejia, Jared Rivera and Brendin Martinez; two granddaughters, Jadin Mejia and Britain Rivera; one brother, Virgil (Virgie) Brumley of Almira; two sisters, Bette McQueen and Doris Williams of Grandview; special cousins, Lois Dalrymple and Carol Brumley of Sunnyside; special friend, Helen Reid of Prosser; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and “adopted” children and friends.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Christina Lee Ann Ramirez, in 1959; two brothers, Ralph (Skippy) and Fred; and five sisters, Edith, Lucille, Opal, Mary and Helen.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 12, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Prosser City Park, 7

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St., Prosser, with a potluck lunch to follow. We love you and miss you, Grandma!

Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.

REUBEN DIETERLE

Reuben Dieterle, 99, of Glendale, Ariz. and a former Sunnyside resident passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2004, in Glendale.

Reuben was born June 6, 1905 in Sheridan County, in Skogma, N.D., the son of Margaret (Ruff) and Ferdinand Dieterle. Reuben spent his early years and received his education at Skogmo County Schools. Following his education he farmed with his parents on the family homestead. On Dec. 10, 1925 he married Emilia Fandrich at Skogmo at the Dieterle home. Together they moved to Drake, N.D., where they farmed until 1943 when they moved into town. Reuben was employed by Eickhorn Implement Company for 10 years. On Oct. 13, 1952 the Dieterles moved to Sunnyside, where they semi-retired. His wife, Emilia passed away June 4, 1985. Reuben continued to make his home in Sunnyside until moving to Peoria, Ill. in July of 1994 to be close to his son. In November of 2000 he moved to Glendale, where he made his home until the time of his death.

Reuben was baptized as an infant into the Lutheran Church. He was an active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Sunnyside, where he served as elder, financial secretary, trustee and head usher for many years.

Reuben is survived by three children, Allan Dieterle of Arizona, Delven Dieterle of Washington and Geraldine Rothenburger of Illinois; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Davie Dieterle of Turtle, N.D. and Henry Dieterle of Kief, N.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emilia; one daughter; one son; two brothers; two sisters; and one grandchild.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, July 12, 2004, from 9 until 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 12, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to honor Reuben’s memory may contribute to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Masonridge Center, St. Louis, Mo. 63141. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.

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