Isaias R. Garcia, 58, of Sunnyside died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at Hillcrest Manor, in Sunnyside.

He was born May 30, 1946 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to Daniel and Sabina Garcia. He along with his family migrated to the Yakima Valley from Arizona in the early 1950s. He attended school in Grandview. He served his country in the U.S. Army obtaining the rank of Drill Sergeant. He was honorably discharged.

He is survived by his mother, Sabrina Garcia; his siblings Arthur, Elva, Manuel, Dina, Daniel, Job, Joel, Maria and John; by his wife, Arlene; and children, Martina, PJ, Mitch, Raquel, Steven and beloved sons of his former wife, Diane; David and Isaiah; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel; his wife, Diane; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Remembrance and celebration of his life services will be held, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the Apostolic Assembly Church, “Puerta del Cielo,” 1510 E. Lincoln Ave. Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Edward Andrew Iverson, 89, of Sunnyside died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Yakima Regional Hospital.

He was born Nov. 23, 1915 in Hoquiam to Emil and Josephine (Maschke) Iverson. The family came to the Yakima Valley when he was two years old, settling in Toppenish and later Grandview, where he attended Bethany School.

At 15 his father died and he quit school to support his family.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp and was stationed near Leavenworth on the Icicle River. He met Florence Waddle in 1938 and they were married April 20, 1940.

They made their home in the Sunnyside area, where they raised their family.

He worked for many area farmers and saw many changes to the land over the years. He worked hard and was a loyal employee. He worked seven years for Bleyhl’s Feed Bin and more than twenty for Berk Milling. He retired in 1980 and spent his retirement “farming” his three acres on Washout Road.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Florence; one son, Kenneth Iverson and his wife, Ellen, of Outlook; two daughters, Myrna Thomas of W. Sacramento, Calif., and Linda Duim and husband, Dennis, of Sunnyside; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sister-in-laws, Barbara Iverson, Nellie Iverson and Alice Waddle; brother-in-law Ralph and Tina Waddle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ralph, Clarence and Richard; two sisters, Ruth Lee and Ellen Richards; four stepbrothers, Gale, Gene, Jack and John Meiser; and two stepsisters, Esther Heath and Gladys Mitchell.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, with graveside service to be held at 1:30 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Christian School or to the donor’s choice. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.


Donna Rae Williams, 79, of Belfair died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 in Belfair.

She was born Aug. 12, 1925 in Liberty, Neb. to Raymond and Dorothy Showen Vasey. In 1942, she married Elmer Fentlman in which two sons were born. In 1954, she married Dean G. Williams and a daughter was born. In 1956 they moved to Washington. They lived in Aberdeen before moving to Seattle. After retirement they enjoyed living and working in their fruit orchard in Mattawa. In the later years of retirement they moved to Grandview for the summers and enjoyed the winters in the Foothills of Yuma, Ariz.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dean G. Williams; two sons, Richard G. Fentlman and wife, La Rue, of Lubbock, Texas, and Robert W. Fentlman and wife, Juanita, of Connell; one daughter, Kaylene Johnson and husband, James, of Belfair; one stepdaughter, Kathy Braffs and husband, John, of Bakersfield, Calif.; one brother, Gary Vasey and wife, Joan, of Blue Springs, Neb.; one brother-in-law, Harry J. Williams of Salem, Ore.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Dorothy Showen Vasey; one sister, Verna Mae Williams; and one infant brother, Bobby Clark Vasey.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Grandview.



Margaret E. (Marlin) Helzen, 87, a long-time resident of Sunnyside, Camano Island and Stanwood, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 in a Lynwood retirement home. Many in this town may remember the pioneering Marlin family consisting of James and Cora Marlin and their children, James Jr., Archie, Alice, Ruth and Margaret.

Margaret was born in Enterprise, Ore., in 1918 and grew up in Sunnyside, where the family lived after 1919. She attended Lincoln school and then Sunnyside High school in the early 1930s. In 1936, she married W. Wayne Robbins of Sunnyside and two children were born, Dale and Judy Robbins. Wayne was the youngest son of the late Charles and Clara Robbins, Sunnyside pioneers. They lived in Spokane for many years until Wayne’s death in 1958. That year Margaret moved to Seattle, where she met and married Vincent B. Helzen. They had a daughter, Jean Marie. Margaret and Vincent (Bob) moved to the south end of Camano Island in the early 1960s, where they operated a grocery story and service station for several years. After closing the store, Vincent worked in various Stanwood area auto body shops until his retirement. He died in 1995.

Margaret had many interests and is still remembered around Stanwood for her Norwegian folk art.

She is survived by her three children in the Seattle area, Dale Robbins and his wife, Maggie, Judy Crawford and her husband, Ron, Jean Marie Trapp and her husband, Stephen; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Margaret will be remembered at a small family memorial with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery in Seattle.


Santiago “Jimmy” Salinas, 46, of Sunnyside died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2004, in Seattle.

Jimmy was born May 2, 2004 in Toppenish to Trinidad and Manuela Salinas. Jimmy was raised and educated in Granger. Jimmy was a handyman and enjoyed doing odd jobs.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren. He liked watching Western movies and listening to country music. Jimmy would help anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia of Sunnyside; one son, Jimmy Salinas Jr. of Sunnyside; three daughters, Sally Salinas, Alice Salinas and Celeste Salinas, all of Sunnyside; four brothers, Frank Salinas of Sunnyside, Trinidad Salinas of Seattle, Sylvester Salinas of Fruitland, Idaho, and Lupe Salinas of Missouri; four sisters, Janie Salinas of Arizona, Mary Saenz of Grandview, Christina Estrada of Seattle, and Deloris Garza of Toppenish; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Granger, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of services.


Elbert L. (Bill) Schrodt Jr., 67, of Warden passed away Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, after a long fight with lung cancer.

He was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Iowa City, Iowa to Elbert L. (Bill) Sr. and Bernice Schrodt. He later moved to Washington with his grandparents and lived in the Sunnyside area, where he met and married June Presley, in June 1959. They moved to the Columbia Basin area in 1968, where he was a diesel mechanic and welder/fabricator until he retired in 2001. He was also a fireman on the Warden Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years before retiring due to his lung condition.

He loved to fish and hunt, which he enjoyed with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, June, they were married for 45 years; two sons, Edward and Janet Schrodt of Moses Lake and Anthony and Laurie Ford of Pendleton, Ore.; two daughters, Melissa and Nathan Kulp of Beaverton, Ore. and Cynthina and Anthony Bolden of Moses Lake; six sisters, Barbara and Paul Dillard of Sunnyside, Phyllis and Howard Long of Creston, Iowa, Elizabeth and Gerald Aubrecht, of Mary, La., Mary Hills of Osceola, Iowa, Charlotte Middleton, of Puterbogh, Canada and Clara Dee Schrodt of Belond, Iowa; five brothers, Rick and Kim Davis of DesMoines, Iowa, Dean and Salley Schrodt of Chariton, Iowa, Thomas and Pat Schrodt and Charley Schrodt all of Dubuque, Iowa and Floyd Schrodt of Wilton, Iowa; 14 grandchildren, Rick, Tony Jr., Daniel, Haley, Jeremy, Andrea, Kelsey, Ashley O., Aaron, Drew, Ashley B., Justin, Karissa and Noble; and one great-granddaughter, Kira.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Paul Freddy, Louis and Claude La Verne Schrodt, and one grandson Kevin Ford.

All his family and friends will miss him.

Services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Warden First Baptist Church. Contributions can be made in his memory to St. Judes Hospital Contributions, 501 St. Judes Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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