|Funeral service held Monday for 18-year-old Yesenia Coronado|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Future plans including a wedding and college were suddenly and tragically cut short last week for HHS senior Yesenia Coronado, 18, of Holyoke.
Icy roads were the cause of the accident which took her life between St. Francis, Kan. and Haigler, Neb. Tuesday afternoon, March 8.
A funeral service for Coronado was conducted Monday, March 14 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke.
Affectionately known as Yesi, the vibrant, soon-to-be graduate touched the lives of many.
She was such a pleasant, friendly person that people felt they knew her even if they weren’t close friends, shared Yesi’s sister, Ivette Varela, a seventh-grader.
Coronado mentored a local fourth-grade girl, helped children at Phillips County Family Education Services and used to work at Holyoke Marketplace, where she was a very pleasant cashier and carry-out.
She was a member of the HHS Student Leadership class, FBLA and had just started practicing in the mornings as part of the HHS track team.
With much artistic talent, Coronado willingly and capably helped with prom decorations and float assembly for her class.
“Yesi was excited to go to college,” said Ivette. “She wanted to be an ultrasound technician.”
She had been accepted to several colleges, but was going to go to Greeley, according to her sister. She was also excited about her engagement to José Rivera.
Family members agree Yesi was a good daughter, sister, aunt and cousin.
Last Tuesday afternoon, Coronado was driving home in her 2003 Eclipse. Her car went into a spin on icy Highway 27, about 10 miles north of the junction of U.S. Highway 36 and Kansas Highway 27.
The accident occurred at about 3:36 p.m. on a several-mile stretch of Highway 27 that runs east and west in Cheyenne County, Kan. Coronado was actually traveling west on the highway in what is called the northbound lane.
Her vehicle spun around in front of an oncoming semi tractor pulling a livestock trailer. The truck struck the Eclipse on the driver’s side, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP).
Traveling just minutes behind her, Coronado’s nephew (HHS junior Alex Quintana) and her sister-in-law, Amanda Carbajal of Imperial, Neb., came upon the horrific accident.
The truck was owned by STC Corp. of Holyoke and was hauling pigs from Seaboard Foods. The driver in the tragic accident was Enrique M. Fernandez-Macias, 56, of Wray, according to the KHP report.
Yesenia is the daughter of Gloria Varela of Holyoke and Ramón Coronado of Arizona.
Memorial account established at Credit Union
A “Yesenia Coronado” memorial account has been established at Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union.