Death Notice




Maria Leocadia Chavez, 78, of Sunnyside died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Kadlec Medical Center.

She was born in Mexico on Aug. 19, 1928, to Leobardo and Maria (Gutierrez) Berber.

She is survived by her husband, Magadeleno Chavez of Mexico; two sons, Jose Manuel Sanchez of Granger and Jose Chavez of California; four daughters, Margarita Del Viento, Adela Chavez and Alicia Quinonez, all of Sunnyside, and Bertha Chavez of Prosser; four step-children, Jose Sanchez of Sunnyside, Maria Sanchez of Prosser, and Petra Tovar and Guadalupe Vaca, both of Mabton; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Maria Berber of Prosser and Jesus Berber of Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Maria Sanchez; two grandsons, Alfonso Chavez and Favian Del Viento; and one brother, Manuel Berber.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, from 1 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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