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
, 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
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
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
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.