Carmen Emerick, age 77, a long-time resident of the Yakima Valley, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, peacefully at home with loved ones by her side. Carmen was an amazingly strong person that battled cancer for the past two years. She never gave up and always had a smile on her face even on her worst of days.
Carmen was born February 21st, 1943 in Dallas, Oregon to Conrad and Rachel Schliesmayer. She was raised in Naches, Washington, where she created many childhood memories. Carmen married James Emerick on November 30th, 1973. Carmen had two sons (David, Doug) from a previous marriage. Later, James and Carmen were blessed with their daughter (Deana).
William “Bill” F. Koreski, 76, of Yakima, died after a 12-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Sunday, December 6, 2020 with his wife and daughter by his side.
Bill was born October 9, 1944 in Yakima, WA to Clarence and Alyne (Cyr) Koreski. He attended St. Paul Catholic School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1963, and lived in the Yakima area his entire life.
After high school Bill delivered freight for over 25 years. Bill realized a need in Yakima for a towing company that truly offered service and started BILKO Towing. He was the first to have uniformed drivers, matching trucks and offering first call service. His motto was “We treat your car like our own, 24 hours a day, 8 days a week,” and he lived that motto.
Dale Richard Hoffman of Yakima, WA, passed away September 18, 2020. He was widowed by Beverly Hoffman and is survived by children Tara, Amelia and Amanda. He has three step-children (one deceased), seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Graveside Service will be held at West Hills Memorial Park on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm. No reception will follow and no flowers please. Due to Covid, no chairs are provided. Bring your own chair if you wish to be seated. Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family.
Mildred Mary (cape) Haase “Moe” “Millie” (90) passed away at home November 9, 2020. Born July 31, 1930 in Dearborn, Michigan, second daughter to Clarence and Mabel (smith) Cape. She moved to Southern California at the age of 12 with her best friend Bette (kring) Harp and family, followed shortly thereafter by her parents and sister. She married Leland “Lee” Haase, December 31, 1949 in Las Vegas. Millie was a very compassionate nurse’s aide for many years. In 1978, Lee was transferred to the Hanford Facility in Washington State so they packed up, along with daughter Jan, and moved to the Yakima Valley to be joined by daughter Nancy and her 3 boys a month later. Since their move Lee and Millie became members of the Vintiques Car Club for over three decades. Although she was a great supporter of Lee and his many hobbies her true passions were her horses, genealogy, traveling, history and reading. After Lee’s retirement in 1988 they bought a 5th wheel trailer, put their belongings in storage, sold their house and hit the road for five glorious years traveling the countryside to every state but Hawaii.
Lana Rose Gendron, age 77 passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on August 15, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Lana was born on February 1, 1943, in Yakima, Washington to parents Leslie and Lois Fernstrom. The family made their home on an apple orchard in the Cowiche area. Lana attended the public schools in that area and graduated from Highland High School. She met the love of her life, Jerry Gendron cruising the Avenue, and the two were married and set out making a life together.