It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter, sister, mother, aunt and friend, Blanca Zesati, 38, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Regional Medical Center in Yakima.
"Blanquita", as she was lovingly called by her siblings and mother, was born Sept. 12, 1970 in San Jose De Llanetes, Zacatecas, Mexico. In 1975, her family moved to the Yakima Valley in search of a better life. Throughout the 70s and 80s, she received her schooling in the Sunnyside School District while simultaneously working alongside her parents and sisters in the agricultural fields of Yakima and Skagit Valleys. In the mid-80s, she met Joe Fernandez, the man who in 1990 would become her husband and the father of her four children.
She served countless people through her involvement in various social service organizations, such as board member of the Columbia Basin Health Association. She also worked with the superintendent of public instruction and Governor Christine Gregoire to develop parenting and childhood education programs for the communities she served. Some of these programs were introduced in other state educational systems. She received several recognitions from city, state and OSPI offices for her work and commitment to the communities where she served. Through her work with these organizations, as well as with DSHS and Big Bend Community College, she educated numerous parents on self-sufficiency skills, GED completion and parenting skills. She lobbied for and was instrumental in gaining community and governmental support of farm worker housing in the Mattawa area. A housing unit was built to give a home to many migrant families who were previously living along the Columbia River.
She was blessed with the gifts of friendship, giving and laughter. Countless people everywhere had the privilege of calling her their friend. She also helped everyone in need. She gave so much of herself so others would benefit. She was an organ donor, so even in death she continues to give of herself so that others may live. Perhaps the greatest gift she possessed was the gift of laughter. She was a ray of sunshine everywhere she went, spreading laughter with her jokes and lifting even the gloomiest of moods. She had the ability to find humor in every situation. You could not be in the same room with Blanca and not crack a smile or burst out laughing yourself. Her presence and the sound of her laughter will be truly missed by all her loved ones at all our get-togethers and upcoming Zesati family reunion.
She is survived by the father of her children, Joe Fernandez; her three daughters, Jessica, Amanda and Julia Fernandez, all of Mattawa; one son, Joe Jr. Fernandez of Moses Lake; one son-in-law, Andres; one grandson, Andres Jr. of Mattawa; her mother, Petra Zesati of Sunnyside; two brothers, Jose Luis (Maria) Zesati of Sunnyside and Refugio (Maria) Zesati of Everett; six sisters, Teresa Zesati and Modesta (Jorge) Martinez of Lake Stevens, Isabel (Raul) Castro of Grandview, Anita (Ignacio) Ramos, Senaida (Angel) Herrera and Maria Santos Zesati, all of Sunnyside; three sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Luis Zesati; one sister, Maria Luisa; one nephew, Miguel Angel Herrera; her mother-in-law; and her two sets of grandparents.
Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, from 4 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 Wednesday, Feb.18, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Burial will be in the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to go on-line to sign Blanca's memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
GLENDA A. WOLKENHAUER
Glenda A. Wolkenhauer, 59, of Grandview passed away suddenly Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009.
She was born to George and Daisy (Allen) Wolkenhauer on March 8, 1949 in Prosser, fifteen minutes before her twin sister, Linda. She received her education in Grandview and graduated with the class of 1967.
She worked several years for Andrus and Roberts in Sunnyside. She married David Hammod and they made their home in Spokane while he was serving in the military. She returned to Grandview in 1976 and worked for several grocery stores including Reynolds, Red Apple and was currently employed by Safeway in Grandview.
She was a member of the Sunnyside Calvary Lutheran Church. In her younger years, she enjoyed playing softball and bowling. Recently, she spent many hours on the computer, emailing friends and playing computer games. Glenda's most cherished time of the year was when she with her sisters spent one week together. It was known as the "Sisty-Uglers" yearly get together. Each year one sister would choose the time and place, but all would contribute to the fun.
She is survived by her siblings, Helen Henry (William) of Bremerton, Betty Yager (Duane) of Connell, twin Linda Wolkenhauer and Roy Wolkenhauer (Shelly) all of Grandview, Earl Wolkenhauer (Sue) of Wenatchee, Paul Wolkenhauer (Nancy) of Vancouver and Tom Wolkenhauer (Mary) of Prosser; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Mary Ley.
Viewing, visitation and funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, from 9 a.m. to the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery.
Those wishing to go on-line to sign Glenda's memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.