Trinity Star Cortina, infant, of Grandview died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, less than two hours after being born.

She is survived by her mother, Lilza Cortina of Grandview; her grandparents, Abel and Connie Cortina of Grandview; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, from noon until time of service at 1:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Grandview.


Juan Prieto Leon Jr., 34, of Sunnyside went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004.

Juan was born Jan. 18, 1969 in Gueramaro, Guanjuato, Mexico, the son of Zenaida Leon (Casas) and Juan Prieto Rodriguez. At age one he moved with his family to Los Angeles, Calif. In 1974 the Prieto family migrated to the Yakima Valley, where Juan was raised and received his education. He worked as a herdsman in the dairy industry.

He is survived by his companion, Nancy Palomino. He was also a dedicated and wonderful father to his eight children, Stephanie, 16, Veronica, 15, Juan, 11, Cynthia, 8, Nathaniel, 5, Phillip, 3, Niktali, 2 and Serenitee, 1. He is also survived by his parents, Juan and Zenaida Prieto Leon of Mexico; three brothers, Ruben Prieto of Toppenish, Enrique Prieto of Yakima and Angel Prieto of Moses Lake; three sisters, Celia Prieto-Butterfield and Lourdes Prieto, both of Yakima, and Alicia P. Madrigal of Wapato; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with an afternoon service at 3 p.m., followed by recitation of the Holy Rosary at 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


Ethel Pitzer, 86, of Medical Lake and a former Sunnyside resident passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, in Spokane.

Ethel was born Oct. 9, 1917 at Druid, Saskatchewan, Canada to Gilbert and Bessie (Rogers) Oppen. She moved with her family to the U.S. at an early age. The family lived in Winchester, Idaho and Bend, Ore. before settling in Yakima. She married Roy Pitzer Aug. 28, 1936 in Granger. Ethel lived in Sunnyside until May 6, 1996, when she moved to Medical Lake to be near family.

Ethel was a member of the Church of God in Sunnyside and later a member of the Medical Lake Community Church, and was also a member of the Waneta Grange in Sunnyside. She worked for the Sunnyside School District as a cook and retired after 40 years of service.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Tom) Williams of Medical Lake and Jennifer Dowd of Lakewood; four grandchildren, Frank Williams of Corvallis, Ore., Greg (Sue) Williams of Medical Lake, Darren (Kim ) Dowd of Tacoma and Kris (Chip) Bozeman of Kawkinsville, Ga.; a granddaughter-in-law, Jeanne Williams of Spokane; seven great-grandchildren, Andy Williams, his fiancé, Lori McRae, Samantha Williams, Emily Williams, Danielle Dowd, Jesse Dowd, Kelli Dowd and Jaci Bozeman; one brother, Jerry Oppen of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Nettie Burke of Lewiston, Idaho and Betty (Al) Stone of Ellensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, in 1977; two infant sons, Leland and Kenneth; one daughter, Sandra; one grandson, Michael Dowd, her parents; two sisters; and four brothers.

She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

At her request there will be no service.


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