Mary Degel Radach, 92, of Yakima and a former Lower Valley resident, went to be in the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

Mary was born Sept. 6, 1920 in Mott, N.D., the daughter of John and Barbara (Meyer) Degel. She received her early education in North Dakota.

On May 3, 1941 she married Aron Radach in Baker, Mont. Following their marriage they made their home near Mott, N.D., where he raised wheat for 20 years.

In 1959 the Radach family moved to Sunnyside, where he owned and operated an orchard and trucked fruit to North Dakota. Following her husband's retirement in 1978, Aron and Mary moved to Yakima and started to enjoy traveling in their motor home, spending eight winters in Arizona and California.

Aron passed away in 1993 and Mary was able to stay in her home until 2010. She spent her last years residing at Sun Tower Retirement Center in Yakima.

Mary enjoyed going to church, reading, doing word puzzles, visiting and reminiscing with family and friends about the early years in North Dakota.

She was known for her delicious German chocolate cake, mouth watering fried chicken and pigs in a blanket (German cabbage rolls).

She attended Home Missionary Church in Sunnyside, Stone Assembly of God and Terrace Assembly of God in Yakima.

Mary is survived by her one son, Larry (DeeAnn) Radach of Chehalis; three daughters, Darlene Currin of Yakima, Phyllis (Victor) Spurbeck of Lynnwood and Faye (Gil) Roberts of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John Degel Jr. of Chico, Calif. and Tony Degel of Magalia, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aron; two sisters, Anna Holecheck and Betty Fiedler; and one brother, Peter Degel.

Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Terrace Heights Assembly of God Church Missions Fund c/o 4101 Maple Ave., Yakima, WA. 98901.

Those wishing to sign Mary's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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