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Obituaries

PEDRO NUNEZ

PEDRO NUNEZ

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 Toppenish.

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 his dogs.

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.

The 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 arrangements.

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 death.

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, Alaska.

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.

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