Herminia V. Mendoza, 68, of Sunnyside passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at Yakima Regional Hospital.

Herminia was born Feb. 5, 1936 in The Philippines, daughter of Catalina Santos and Patrocinio Villanueva. Herminia received her education in The Philippines. On Sept. 12, 1962 she married Leonardo Mendoza in The Philippines. In 1988 the Mendoza family moved to Sunnyside, where Herminia worked in housekeeping at Hillcrest Manor.

She enjoyed traveling, shopping, cooking and watching Filipino movies.

Herminia is survived by her husband, Leonardo Mendoza of Sunnyside; one son, Florencio Mendoza and wife, Jocelyn, of Union Gap; one daughter, Maria Lisa Mendoza and husband, Wilfredo, of The Philippines; her mother, Catalina Sutton of Sunnyside; three grandchildren; two sisters, Erlinda Soliman and Helen Gonzalez, both of

Sunnyside; and Thomas Sutton of Grandview.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.


Ramon D. Rodriquez, 87, of Yakima and a long-time Sunnyside resident went to be in the arms of his Savior Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

Ramon was born May 12, 1917 in Refugio, Texas, the son of Julia (Diases) and Carlos Rodriquez.

Ramon married Martina Salinas, and together they have made Sunnyside their home since 1947.

Ramon served in the U. S. Army during World War II.

From 1950 to 1982 he worked at various jobs at the Hanford Project. While living in Sunnyside, Ramon served on the Sunnyside Auxiliary Police and as a crosswalk patrolman for the elementary children. In 2000, Ramon and Martina moved to Yakima. Following Martina’s death in 2002, Ramon continued to make Yakima his home until his death.

Ramon never met a stranger. He enjoyed camping, baseball, music and spending time with family and friends.

His grandchildren will remember him for immense joy, love, laughter and tall tales.

Surviving family members include his sons, daughters, and their families, son, Ramon and Lupe Rodriquez, of Richland, and their three daughters and five grandchildren; son,

Tony and Pat Rodriquez, of Kennewick, and their three sons, three daughters and eight grandchildren; son, Chico and Fidelina Rodriquez, of Mabton, and their five sons, four daughters and three grandchildren; daughter, Janie and Jack Kranz, of Yakima, and their three sons, one daughter and two grandsons; son, Richard and Shonna Rodriquez, of Yakima, and their two daughters, one son and one grandson; son, Joe and Sandra Rodriquez, of Sunnyside, and their daughter, son and two grandchildren; daughter, Esther and Jerry Smith, of Yakima, and their son, daughter and four grandchildren; two brothers, Agustin Rodriquez and Carlos Rodriquez; and two sisters, Maria Flores and Rebecca Amador.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martina Rodriquez; one daughter, Guadalupe Rodriquez, who died at birth; five grandsons, Stevan Rodriquez, John Kranz, Daniel Palomino Rodriquez, Severiano “Chico Jr.” Rodriquez and Daniel Jernigan; and one sister, Emilia Almeida.

Viewing and visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. Burial with military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars were held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


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