Manuel G. Diaz, 53, of Grandview passed away Oct. 26, 2005 surrounded by his family.

Manuel was born in Mexico and raised in La Grulla, Texas. As a migrant worker, he would come to Washington during harvest, and then go back to Texas during the fall. He chose to make Washington his permanent home in the early 1990’s.

Manuel was a kind and gentle man, who loved his three sons that he raised: Manuel Diaz Jr. of McAllen, Texas, Gabriel Diaz and Jason Diaz, both of Grandview. He had four brothers, Ramiro Diaz, Efrien Diaz, and Arturo Diaz, all of LaGrulla, Texas, and Martin Diaz Jr. of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Consuelo Solis of Grand Prairie, Texas and Elvira Lopez of Grandview; two grandsons, Stephen Diaz and Manual Diaz III; two granddaughters, Amber Diaz and Deseree Diaz; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was loved and will be dearly missed.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be held at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Mabton Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Our mother and grandmother, Arlene J. Thingstad Stearns Van Wenchel, 86, went to be with her heavenly Father on Oct. 30, 2005.

Arlene was born in White Water, Montana on Nov. 1, 1918. In 1938, Arlene married Ken Stearns and together they raised 12 children. Arlene and Ken relocated from Montana to the Lower Valley area in 1945. On Jan. 1, 1966, Kenneth passed away unexpectedly. Arlene married Barney Van Wenchel in 1979. He passed away in 1996.

Arlene enjoyed bingo, canning, visiting friends and family, painting and gardening. Many people may remember her large garden along the Mabton Road, which she took great pride in. She was musically inclined and an accomplished poet.

Arlene is survived by her son, Kenneth Stearns and wife, Sally, of Sunnyside; daughter, Anna Garman and husband Bob, of Grandview; daughter, Gloria Wallace and husband Jim, of Parker; daughter, Hattie Joe Chancellor of Vancouver; son, Bill Stearns and wife, Susan, of Prosser, Joe Stearns and wife, Sandy, of Sunnyside, and son, Michael Stearns of Sunnyside; stepson, Pete Stearns and wife, Hazel, of Alaska; stepdaughter, Peggy Lappe and husband, Keith, of Montana; 40 grandchildren; 78 great- grandchildren consisting of three sets of twins and a fourth set coming; and numerous great-great-grandchildren

Arlene was preceded in death by her stepdaughters, Bernadine Trottier and Ramona Baker; and stepson, Gay Stearns.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Sunnyside Memorial Park. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.


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