Sylvia (Smith) Cole, 86, a long-time Sunnyside resident went to be with Jesus Saturday, April 1, 2006, at Selah Convalescent Center.

Her battle with dementia is over and she can walk and talk again in heaven.

She was born June 29, 1919, the daughter of Clyde and Grace Smith. She worked as a waitress for many years before beginning her long career with Dr. Merton Colby D.D.S. She worked her way up to become lab technician, working there for 21 years until arthritis crippled her hands and back. It was a job she dearly loved.

Sylvia began her education in Oklahoma in a one-room schoolhouse.

The family moved to California, where she finished her education.

Sylvia moved to Washington, where she met and married Ronnie Cole. Ron passed away May 31, 1983. Sylvia continued to make Sunnyside her home until making her home in Selah.

The loves of Sylvia’s life were her family, her grandchildren, fishing and supporting the Seattle Mariners. She loved the family cabin and the annual baseball game at Safeco Field.

Sylvia is survived by her loving family, Gary and Dantha Cole, Larry and Kay Cole, and Carol and Jim Case; 11 grandchildren, Brent, Kurt, Craig, Lisa, Shavonna, Tracy, Darcie, Ryan, Lynn, James and Emily; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; also one brother, Don Smith of Yakima; and a sister-in-law, Carol Snow of Sequim; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Grace Smith; her husband, Ronnie Cole; five brothers, Virgil, Alvin, Elmer, RC and Ray; and two sisters, Ima Jean and Dorothy.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, April 3, 2006, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department.


Arthur Daniel Heberlein, 67, called Sonny by his family, known as Shorty to everyone else, died suddenly Tuesday March 28, 2006, at Toppenish Community Hospital.

Shorty lived his entire life in the Yakima Valley with the greater part being in Sunnyside. He started working at a young age, served in the U.S. Army, raised a family and retired from Hickenbottom & Sons.

Shorty was a generous soul, always helping friends and family even if it meant he went without.

At the time of his death he was a special part of a family in Granger. Thank you for the love you gave to him.

He was preceded in death by his son, Keith; his parents, Henry S. Heberlein and M. Aileen (Golob) Heberlein; and a sister, Elsie Walston.

He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Heberlein of Burbank; a son, Jeffrey (Angela) and their four children, Jason, Wayne, Ryan and Dylan, of Spokane Valley; his brothers, John Edward of Grandview, Henry Stewart of Sunnyside, Albert Leo of Yakima, Gary Michael of Oakley, Calif.; four sisters, Anna Hambly of Mabton, Barbara Kennedy of Sunnyside, Lillian Porter of Yakima, and Frances Havens of North Bend; and several nieces and nephews.

Respecting our dad’s wishes, his body was cremated and no public service was held. Because he touched so many lives we would like to hold a celebration of his life this summer (June/July). We will attempt to contact everyone we can and will place an announcement of the date in the Yakima Herald and the Sunnyside Daily News.

The family invites you to send cards, stories and express your thoughts to Tammy and Jeff, in care of Smith Funeral Home, 528 South 8


Street, Sunnyside, WA


We will share them with all who attend this summer.


Kenneth Riggins, 57, of Sunnyside passed away Monday, March 20, 2006.

He was born Aug. 30, 1948 in Toppenish to Paul and Elizabeth (Sak) Riggins. The first five years of Ken’s life were spent on a fruit orchard in Sawyer, where he learned to climb trees and love animals. After moving to Sunnyside, Ken attended school and graduated with the Sunnyside High School Class of 1966.

Ken was active in Boy Scouts, thespians and athletics, while working part time. Ken lettered in varsity sports six times in high school football, track and wrestling. He held the high school pole-vaulting record and earned fourth place in the Washington State Wrestling Tournament at 133lbs. Ken was the star of many school plays and sang in the choir. Ken earned a wrestling scholarship to Highline College and earned his BA in recreation management at Central Washington University.

Ken loved the outdoors especially camping, fishing and hunting. He pretended to be good on a guitar while singing and yodeling around the campfire. Ken loved to tell stories and cook gourmet meals. He had a very kind heart and would use his mechanical experience to help anyone.

Ken is survived by his two sons, David and Scott Riggins, both of Burien; his sister, Barbara Gorence of Sunnyside; his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Anne Riggins of Kent; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

We will remember Ken’s laugh, humor, easy going life and his open love. We wish him peace in Heaven.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2006, at 1p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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