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 great-great-grandchildren.

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 arrangements.


Alonzo C. Magañas Sr., 82, of Grandview went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004.

He passed away peacefully at home with his wife and children by his side.

Alonzo was born Jan. 20, 1922 in Progreso, Texas to Anita Magañas.

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 most.

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 implement machinery.

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 Safeco field.

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.

He loved 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 humor.

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 above.

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. (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 with arrangements.


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