Pedro Nunez, 66, of Prosser entered into rest Tuesday, Nov.
22, 2005, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
He was born October 23, 1939 in San Jose Ranch, Texas to
Juan and Juanita (Esmeralda) Nunez. He was raised and educated in Texas. As a
farm laborer, he migrated to and from Texas, Michigan and Washington. He moved
to Prosser in 1961 and worked for many years for Leon Willard in Whitstran and
later worked on farms in Mattawa, the Tri-City area and the Lower Yakima Valley
until becoming disabled in 1995. Pedro married Sofia Cantu, Aug. 6, 1977 in
Pedro was raised in the Catholic Church.
He enjoyed sports and tinkering with things. He was a very
happy man, who always made people laugh and had many friends. He loved his
family and was always thinking of his grandchildren. He was also very fond of
Pedro is survived by his wife, Sofia Nunez of Prosser;
seven children, Albert Nunez and wife, Pat, of Las Vegas, Nev., Pedro Nunez Jr.
and wife, Brenda, and Nora Nunez, all of Sunnyside, Anabel Nunez and Elisa
Nunez, both of
Portland, Ore., Naomi
Nunez and husband, Richard, of Chelan, and Irma Nunez and companion, Jason
Lambert, of Prosser; six stepchildren, Amando Mireles and wife, Maggie, of
Yakima, Maria “Linda” Mireles and husband, Luis, of California, Adolfo Mireles
and wife, Lupe, of Selah, Ramiro Mireles and wife, Martha, of Whitstran, Maria
“Janie” Mireles and companion, Simon Alaniz, of Prosser, and Marina Mireles and
companion, Ventura Ouzna of Sunnyside; brothers and sisters, Amando Nunez and
wife, Ventura, of Prosser, Juan Nunez Jr. and wife, Marie, of Edcouch, Texas,
Theodoro Nunez, Maria Contredas and Dominga Nunez, all of LaVilla, Texas, Anita
Altamira and husband, Ricardo, of Holland, Mich.; brother-in-law, Jose Cantu and
wife, Elida, of Prosser; sister-in-law Mary Ellen Nunez of Whitstran; former
wife, Nahuma Mireles of Pateros; former brother-in-law, Joe Mireles and wife,
Corina, of Whitstran; and former sister-in-law Socoro Rocha and husband, Ben,
of Whitstran. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren;
great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters,
Amalia Nunez and Natalia Nunez; and brother, Fidel Nunez.
Viewing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, from 1 until
6 p.m. at Prosser Funeral Home. A vigil service will be held Friday, Nov. 25,
2005, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Prosser.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Concluding
services and burial will follow at Prosser Cemetery. Prosser Funeral Home is in
charge of the arrangements.
PEDRO A. OCHOA
Pedro A. Ochoa, 89, of Grandview passed away Wednesday,
Nov. 23, 2005, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 30, 1916 in El Tulillo, Mexico to Juan and
Teresita A. Ochoa. He married Petra on May 8, 1936 in Santa Barbara, Mexico. In
1945, they moved to Edcouch, Texas.
Ochoa family moved to the Yakima Valley in 1956, where he had lived until the
time of his death.
He was an active member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Church in Grandview. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
Pedro is survived by six sons, Andy Ochoa and wife, Bunny,
of Ferndale, Fortunato Ochoa and wife, Carmen, of Mabton, Lorenzo Ochoa, Elpidio
Ochoa, Isibro Ochoa and Josie, all of Phoenix, Ariz., Juan Manuel Ochoa of
Seattle; three daughters, Maria Isabel (Chavela) and husband, Manuel Leon, of
Grandview, Alice and husband, Werner Spinnenhirn, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and
Felipa (Sarah) and husband, Abel Ramos, of McHenry, Ill.; 25 grandchildren, 30
great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild, Eduardo Santos Jr.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Petra Ochoa; one son,
Vicente Ochoa; his parents; three brothers; two sisters; and one great-
grandchild, Angelita Nicole Saenz.
Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005,
from 2 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 Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at 10
a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grandview, with burial to be held at
Grandview Cemetery, Grandview. Smith Funeral Home, Grandview, is in charge of
SANDRA LYNN PIERCE
Sandra Lynn Pierce, 51, of Mabton was called to heaven to
join our heavenly Father Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005.
She was born and raised in Mabton and continued to make her
home in Mabton until the time of her death. She had always been an active
member in her community even before she had graduated from Mabton Jr./Sr. High
School in 1973. In September 1974, she married her husband, Don Pierce, and in
1975 they had their only daughter, Shannon Pierce. Sandra had worked with the
Mabton Seniors Christmas dinner for 20 plus years up until the time of her
Her community involvements included Mabton Community Days,
Mabton Food Bank, Miss Mabton Royalty, Mabton Community Scholarship, and
constructing the Jo Bedker float building.
As she grew up she worked in the fields and then later she
began working in the fruit warehouses. In the 1980s, she was elected to the
Mabton City Council, which she held for two terms. She then got the job
opportunity to work for the Neighborhood Housing Services in Mabton. This was
the job she enjoyed because she was able to work with the people of the
community that she loved. She also was able to travel the United States and
tell people about our community. When the Neighborhood Housing Services got a
new director she felt it was time for a change so she went back to the fruit
warehouses. She worked for Independent Foods in Sunnyside until she had her
first stroke in 1998. She then retired due to medical reasons and then began to
focus on her grandson.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Don Pierce; one
daughter, Shannon Pierce; her grandson who was her special angel, Clayton
Pierce. She is also survived by six stepchildren, Rosemary (Rodney)
Ahtuangaruak, of Nuqsuit, Alaska, Lucy Brown and Robert Pierce, both of
Anchorage, Alaska, Dawn (Moose) Igtanalok of Barrow, Alaska, Dusty Castle of
Juneau, Alaska, and Jim Sternitzky of Mabton. She is also survived by her
parents, Mel and Evelyn Fox of Mabton; and sisters, Janice (Dale) Wahlen of
Anchorage, Julie (Ernie) Cash of Victoria, Texas, Kathy Saunders of Sunnyside,
Jim Fox of Sunnyside, and Kelly Fox of Prosser. She is survived by her best
friend and sister-in-law, Rosemary Clifford of Clatskanie, Ore. She is also
survived by 21 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and
nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Katheryn
Dalrymple; grandmother, Dolly Mercer, and stepson, Stephen Ningeok of Barrow,
The family will be holding services on Tuesday, Nov. 29,
2005, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Latter-day Saints Church, Sunnyside.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people make
donations to the Pegasus Project Therapeutic Riding Center, 5808 Summitview
Ave. #324, Yakima, WA. 98908 or Children’s Village. Colonial Funeral Home,
Toppenish, is in charge of arrangements.