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Obituaries

HELEN RUTH BINGAM

HELEN RUTH BINGAM

Helen Ruth Bingham, 71, an Oregon East County resident, died Saturday, March 25, 2006.

A Scriptural Rosary will be said Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at 7 p.m. at Gresham Funeral Chapel. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at 11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 NW 1

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, Gresham. Committal service will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.

She was born June 20, 1934 at the family home in Pierce County, North Dakota, one of 16 children of Vincent and Anna Hoffarth. Helen grew up on a large farm, where her sisters and brothers worked very hard and played equally hard. Her stories of growing up always made us laugh and smile.

Helen was educated in Esmond and later graduated from Esmond High School. She entered Minot State at the age of 16, where she earned her teaching certificate. She soon began teaching in a one room schoolhouse. She later returned to work in Minot and, in the spring of 1953 in Esmond, she met Francis Bingham and married him in October of that same year.

After Helen’s parents passed away, the family moved to Sunnyside. In 1975 Helen worked in various work environments. Prior to retiring, she was a caregiver for Community Living. She moved to East County in October of 2005.

Her passions were her family and friends. She loved her children and grandchildren, crocheting, sewing, embroidering and shopping.

Helen will always be remembered for her warm smile, kindness to others and her amazing hugs.

She was a devout Catholic who had a deep and abiding love for Mother Mary, whom she prayed to always. Her heart and home were always open for everyone.

Helen is survived by her children, Donnel F. Bingham of Puyallup, Janet M. Burgard of Mabton, Charlene F. Bingham of Sunnyside, Bryan J. Bingham of Portland, Ore., Lori Jo Bingham of Sunnyside, Carma J. Mathieson of Enumclaw and Lyle V. Bingham of Gresham, Ore. She is also survived by her sisters, Anna M. Zimmerman, Bernadine Mittlebach, Stella Kuntz, Rosa Hager and Nadine Appelt, all of Portland, Ore., Regina Johnson of Fridley, Minn., Sophia Buerkley of Kulm, N.D.; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Francis in 1997, after 45 years of marriage in 1997; her brothers, Vincent Hoffarth (infant), James Hoffarth in 1948, Vincent Hoffarth Jr. in 2005; and five sisters, Isabelle Harris in 2002, Angeline Schneider in 2001, Wilamina Sundeen in 2003, Delores Hoffarth (infant) and Lydia Hoffarth (infant).

ANTONIO N. GONZALEZ

Antonio N. Gonzalez, 90, husband of Juanita Gonzalez and born June 13, 1915, passed away at his daughter’s home Sunday, March 26, 2006, surrounded by his family.

Originally from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where, as a young man, he was an amateur boxer and a pitcher with the Mexican baseball league, Mr. Gonzalez immigrated with his wife to Texas in 1940. In 1960, he moved his family to Washington, where he eventually obtained his American citizenship.

A talented musician, song writer, dancer and spoken word artist, Mr. Gonzalez was a prolific guitar player and excelled in various other instruments as well. Though he authored several poems and songs, Mr. Gonzalez never sought to have any of his works published, choosing instead to donate them as gifts to his spouse, children and friends. He raised his children with an appreciation for dance and music with several of his sons inheriting his talent for guitar playing. He leaves behind memories of teaching his children how to dance and sing.

Mr. Gonzalez was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, where he was a member of the choir, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Prior to that, Mr. Gonzalez was a choir member of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Granger for 15 years, along with his wife and son, Daniel, who accompanied on guitar.

He enjoyed organic gardening, making his legendary sauces and salsa with homegrown ingredients and spices. He also made his famous beef jerky, using recipes brought back from his youth in Mexico and taught to him by his relatives. In addition to his gardening and cooking hobbies, Mr. Gonzalez was an avid Seattle Mariner fan and fishing aficionado. He enjoyed exchanging fishing and baseball stories as well as political dissertations with his favorite son-in-law and fishing buddy, Roberto DeAnda.

During his final days, he played his instruments, told jokes, danced in his wheel chair and encouraged his children to dance and sing for and with him.

A scrupulously honest and hard working father, Mr. Gonzalez is survived and missed by his wife, Juanita Gonzalez; his daughters, Antonia, Juana, Emma, Connie, Julia, Beatrice, Irma and Sylvia; his sons, Antonio Jr., Ramiro, Ruben, Daniel, Rudy and Mario. He was grandfather to 16 children; four step-grandchildren; plus numerous nieces and nephews; and had many, many friends who loved and respected him.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 30, 2006, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Burial will fellow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

JOHN W. PRICE

John W. Price, 83, of Boise, Idaho and a former 35-year resident of Twin Falls, Idaho passed away Saturday, March 11, 2006.

He was born May 15, 1922 in Indianapolis, Ind. to Kenneth and Helen Price. After being raised in Grandview, he joined the U.S. Nave and served proudly from 1940 to 1946, seeing tours of duty in the Asiatic-Pacific and European-African areas.

John is survived by his children, Kenneth, Delores (Mike) Hutchinson, William (Cheri), and Patrick (Kay); nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty (Toby) Faulk and Dorothy (Chuck) Faulk; one brother, Harold Price; 11 nieces and nephews; and many friends and comrades.

John was preceded in death by his wives, Nora, Sue and Jean; his parents; and one sister, Margaret (Dick) Carr.

John was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and was the commander of American Legion Post 151, at his passing.

John enjoyed being active in the Legion, was a guest speaker at local Boise schools, and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Idaho Veterans Cemetery, representing all veterans.

A military memorial service will be held Thursday, March 30, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the veteran’s shelter of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. The family requests that any memorial contributions be sent to the Idaho Veterans Home, 320 Collins Road, Boise, ID, 83707-1765. Aclefa Funeral Home in Boise is in charge of arrangements.

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