Cecilio Cruz, 95, of Sunnyside died Wednesday, Oct. 27,
2004, at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.
He was born at Palafo, Texas. He was a farm worker foreman
and worked for Broadview Farms for many years.
He is survived by three daughters, Irma Martinez of
Sunnyside, Sandy Cavagnaro of Seattle and Gracie Bravo of Grandview; three
sons, Aurtio Cruz of Grandview, Joe Cecil Cruz Jr. of Prosser and John Cruz of
Sunnyside; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and seven
Viewing will be held Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, from 4 to 8 p.m.
with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004 from 9 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. Graveside funeral
services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial
Gardens, Sunnyside. Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of
ALONZO C. MAGAÑAS SR.
Alonzo C. Magañas Sr., 82, of Grandview went to be with his
Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004.
passed away peacefully at home with his wife and children by his side.
Alonzo was born Jan. 20, 1922 in Progreso, Texas to Anita
He spent his early years in
Weslaco, where he was raised by his loving grandmother, Maria Luisa Magañas and
his aunt, Guadalupe and uncle, Eladio. He received his education in Weslaco and
worked after school helping out with the family.
In 1944, he met Ramona Chavollo, while working in the
cotton fields in Robstown, Texas. They fell in love and after an eight week
courtship they married in Brownfield, Texas on Nov. 16, 1944. They made their
home in Weslaco and then Brownsville, Texas, where he worked as a laborer and
washed cars. 1946 was the first of many times that Alonzo and his small family
began migrating to the states of Washington and California. During those years,
he brought a number of families who in turn made their permanent homes in the
Lower Yakima Valley. In 1960, Alonzo made Grandview the permanent home for his
wife and family so his children would not have to attend different schools
during the school year. Alonzo provided for his family by working in the fields
as a farm laborer. He became such a trusted employee that his employers always
gave him the opportunity to operate new farm machinery such as the beet, grape
and mint harvesters, as well as driving tractors which he enjoyed the
Also, part of his job included
supervising other workers in the fields. In the summers from June to September
he would go to Othello, Warden and the Tri-Cities to work in the potato
harvest, first by driving his own trucks for hauling and later operating the
Due to an injury he
was forced to retire in 1983.
After retirement, Alonzo dedicated himself to taking care
of his ranch.
As Alonzo and his wife, Ramona
became older they realized the farm was a little too much for them to handle
and in 1990, they sold their home of 30 years and built a home in the west side
of Grandview, where they could live next door to their daughter Rosalinda.
Alonzo was a man who loved the outdoors and enjoyed working
in his yard. His hobbies included collecting “piggie” figurines, craft
woodcutting, attending public auctions and “tinkering” with his tools in his
garage and tool shed working on projects.
He also loved watching the Mariners on television and a few games at the
Kingdome with his son-in-law Tim, granddaughter Melody and grandson Ryan. In
2001, when he was already experiencing symptoms from his illness, Tim and Ryan
took dad to Seattle and were able to share the joy of attending a game at
He couldn’t believe how
beautiful it was!
It took him a few
days to recover, but he said it was worth it.
Alonzo was a member
of Blessed Sacrament Church and belonged to the Accion Catolica Group,
Guadalupe Guild and the Spanish Choir. He also served his parish as a Lector,
Eucharistic Minister and Usher.
to volunteer time to his parish and the priests could always count on him to
help out with funeral celebrations as an altar server.
He was the type of person who was always
there to lend a helping hand to anybody that needed it
He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather
and great-grandfather. He loved those grandkids with all his heart! He
cherished his family and loved being a part of their lives. You could always
count on dad when working on something to come up with a better and easier way
of doing things. We all looked up to him for guidance and support. He instilled
in his children to work hard in school, achieve our goals, to love your family
and friends and most importantly have a strong faith in God. He was thoroughly
himself around everyone and would make us laugh with his dry sense of
Surviving Alonzo is his wife of 59
years, Ramona; three sons, Alonzo (Yolanda) Maganas Jr., Daniel Maganas and
Juan Pablo Maganas, all of Grandview; three daughters, Rosalinda (Carlos) Diaz
of Grandview, Martha (Mont) Barnes of Graham and Theresa (Tim) Moore of
Grandview; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include
Simona Lopez, Beatrice Carrejo, Minerva Cardenas, Julian Villegas, Ernesto
Perez, Olivia Uresti, Ofelia Bermudez, Hortensia Perez, and Castulo Perez.
He was preceded in death by his
mother, Anita Villegas; an aunt, Guadalupe and uncle, Eladio Villegas; one
daughter, Maria de la Paz; and one son, Jose Armando.
At this time we would like to
thank Andy Schock, PAC of Yakima Chest Clinic for the wonderful care he gave
dad and to Yakima Regional Hospice, especially Karen Gamache, Ellen Rowley,
Becca Whitish and the other volunteers for the tremendous care and support
given to dad and our family these past few months.
You are truly a blessing.
Daddy, thank you for all the love,
care and support given to us and our children.
We love you and will miss you tremendously but at the same time we are
truly happy that you are at peace, up in Heaven and being a guardian angel from
And, don’t worry Daddy, we will
take good care of mom.
We love you.
Viewing and visitation will be
held Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, from 1 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6
p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at 10
a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grandview. Burial will be at
Grandview Cemetery, under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Grandview.
VINNIE V. MALMGREN
Vinnie V. (Briscoe) Malmgren, 91, of Outlook went into the
arms of Jesus on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004.
She was born March 30, 1913 to Edward Daniel and Olena
(Holton) Briscoe at Central Point, Ore. She was the eighth of 11 children. When
Vin was a baby, her family moved by horse and wagon to Ft. Klamath, Ore. She
loved her life on the family ranch in the Klamath Valley just south of Crater
Lake. Vin graduated from Ft. Klamath High School. She cooked at a hotel there.
Vin married Carl Edwin (Ed) Malmgren, while he was a foreman on ranches in the
Klamath area. They were married Aug. 17, 1935 at Williamson River, Ore. While
Ed continued to work on various ranches, Vin cooked for the crew. Ed and Vin’s
first children, Phyllis Jean and Carl Edwin Jr. were born during this time at
Klamath Falls, Ore. In 1944, Ed, Vin and family moved to Outlook to manage the
farm, where Ed’s parents lived. This was the farm where Ed grew up. Donna Docia
was born while the family lived at Outlook. Vin helped Ed with the farming
duties. Vin worked as a nurse’s aide at Upton’s Nursing Home, Sunnyside
Memorial Hospital and Toppenish Hospital.
Vin loved the Lord and served him faithfully. She worshiped
Him at the Outlook Church of the Brethren, the Liberty Methodist Church and the
Sunnyside First Christian Church.
Vin is survived by her children and their spouses, Phyllis
and Dick Krueger of Bothell, Carl and Jane Malmgren of Pasco and Donna and Fred
deGraaf of Outlook. Vin treasured her grandchildren, Trina Krueger of Cannon
Beach, Ore., Tony and Susan Krueger of Woodinville, Rachelle and Jason Wiley of
Prosser, Tonja and Jeff Tosh of Othello, Shawn Malmgren of Yakima, Steve and
Heather deGraaf of Kennewick and Doug and Alice deGraaf of West Richland. She
adored her great-grandchildren, Jessica, Joey, Maria, Jessica W., Nicole,
Mikhayla, Christopher, Anthony, Timmy, Sara, Brady, Brandon, Ashley, Ruby,
Megan and Alton. Vin is also survived by one sister-in-law, Jean Briscoe of
Montesano; one brother-in-law, Buck Williams of Coos Bay, Ore.; many nieces and
nephews; and a host of loving friends.
Vin was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Olena
Briscoe; her husband, Ed; five sisters, Helen, Bess, Ida, Peggy and Ruby; and
five brothers, Jack, Millard, Frank, Floyd and Bob.
Vin’s family is so grateful for the on-going support from
friends and family. They would like to extent a special thank you to Dr. John
Allen, Patti and Carmen, Lower Valley Hospice, Valley Medical Supply and the
loving care of Sharon Wade.
Viewing will be held Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Tuesday,
Nov. 2, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, followed by a
memorial service at the Outlook Church of the Brethren. Memorials may be made
to Alzheimer’s Research, Lower Valley Hospice, Outlook Church of the Brethren,
or a charity of your choice. Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is entrusted