Winona Hildred Hochhalter, 86, of Grandview passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
Hildred was born Nov. 2, 1925 in Milan, Mo. to Floyd and Erma (Ford) Mason.
She always said she came from Mason jars and Ford cars.
She received her education in a one-room school until her first year of high school in Jefferson City, Mo., where she was unable to go up and down the stairs due to her severe asthma.
Her family moved to Harrah when she was a teenager and from there she moved to Camas and worked at Crown Zellerbach Paper Mill, where she met Hilmer Hochhalter at work. After WWII they were married on July 24, 1946.
Her husband served in the U.S. Army with a 26 year career. They were stationed in Europe and the U.S.
Hildred enjoyed the many moves and the experience that came with it. She really liked traveling and made many friends, whereever they were stationed. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, they settled in Battle Ground in 1968.
She helped Hilmer remodel a 100-year-old home and planted lots of flower beds.
She made a real true friend with Charlotte Graue, when they worked together at Battle Ground School District. Hildred never forgot Charlotte.
Hildred loved family and friends. She loved cooking, doing cross stitch, gardening, sewing, reading and baking chocolate chip cookies.
She is survived by her sons, Ronald (DeAnn) Hochhalter of Sunnyside and Jerry Hochhalter of Goldendale; granddaughters, DeLeesa (James) Restucci and Rhonda (Ken Brandt) Wood, all of Sunnyside and Serrina Walker of Yakima; grandson, Darrell (Melissa) Wynn of W. Richland; great-grandsons, Dylan Graybeal and Jerimiah Wynn, both of Sunnyside, Alex Restucci of Sun Tan Valley, Ariz., Dakoda Wood of Selah, Jourden Dreisbach of AFB Cheyenne, Wyo. and Zachary Walker of Yakima; great-granddaughters, Victoria Wood and Lacy Wood, both of Selah, Joceline Wynn of Monmouth, Ore. and Jackalyn (Bill Omlin) Wynn of Toppenish; great-great-grandson, Jace Omlin of Toppenish; best friend, Charlotte Graue of Ridgefield; her in-laws; the Hochhalter family of sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilmer J. Hochhalter; son, Bradley W. Hochhalter; her parents, Floyd and Erma Mason; brothers, Frank, Glen, Bob, Chuck and George Mason; and sisters, Willetta Chapman, Wilma Glidewell and Wiladean Mason
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Lower Valley Hospice of Sunnyside or Sunnyside Fire Dept.
Viewing will be held Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with services to be at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Chapel and Cemetery, 1101 N.E. 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Chapel and Cemetery in Vancouver is in charge of arrenagements.