After a two-year battle with cancer, Teresa Sanchez, 60, of Sunnyside passed away in the comfort of her home surrounded by family on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.

She was born in 1951 to Jesus and Socorro Zapien. Teresa spent her childhood in Colima, Mexico with nine siblings. She married Jose Sanchez at the age of 18, and settled in Sunnyside, where she raised her seven children.

Teresa was known by those she loved as a hard worker, nurturer, a true caretaker and a woman of faith.

Her witty humor and constant joking will be sorely missed. She taught her family what it means to be strong.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Jose; her brothers, Moises, Rosendo, Cerafin, Juan, Manuel and Eladio; her sister, Vina; her sons, Raul (Brenda), Lionel (Barbara), Armando (Victoria), Eddie (Leticia) and Sergio (Veronica); her daughters, Graciela and Elsa; 15 grandchildren; special niece, Amanda; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesus and Socorro; one brother, Ignacio; and sister, Porfiria.

Visitation will be held today, Jan. 12, 2012, from noon to 8 p.m., with a vigil service at 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

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Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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