History & Staff
At Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, we have provided customizable memorial services for over 60 years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in null and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Wilhelm's Portland Memorial began as the first crematory west of the Mississippi River – The Portland Cremation Association. The cornerstone was placed February 5, 1901, in the still-existing historic chapel structure. Today, Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial offers 8 stories and approximately 7 miles of corridors of carefully preserved architecture and elegance. Our mausoleum spans 2.5 city blocks, and is the largest on the west coast. The Portland Memorial Mausoleum has over 30 pieces of antique stained-glass art that were designed, constructed, and installed by the famed Povey Brothers and Gerlich, as well as Louis C. Tiffany. Our mausoleum also has a vast collection of larger than life marble statuary, hand carved from Carrara marble at the Taverelli Studios in Italy. The marble fronts that cover most of the walls in the mausoleum have been created over the last 90 years, and are sourced from 5 different continents. Our most famous statue is a breathtaking exact replica of Michelangelo’s “La Pieta,” created from marble sourced from the same quarry as Michelangelo used so many centuries ago. Our “La Pieta” weighs close to 7,000 lbs. and was put in place by crane in 1969.
The more than 100-year-old vision of our local citizens who started Portland Memorial is still alive in the majestic walkways of granite and marble, and in the many peaceful areas within the mausoleum serving as a final resting place for thousands of Oregonians. Stop by for a guided historical tour, given free to the public every Wednesday and Friday at 3pm sharp. You can also join us for community events listed on our Facebook page, and learn the legacy of Wilhelm’s’ Portland Memorial Mausoleum.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Wilhelm's, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Patti has lived in Portland, Oregon all her life, graduating from Centennial High, in Gresham. She started her working career has a Certified Nurse’s Aide. Being a single parent, she decided to return to school, attending Mt Hood Community College, earning her Associate’s Degree in 1993, specializing in medical office. She started her Funeral/Cemetery career in 1996 as a Clerk and then became an Administrative Assistant. Having compassion for the funeral and cemetery business, she made the decision in 2012 to become a Funeral Director.
Married with two sons and a daughter, Patti enjoys camping with her family, bowling and swimming. She loves animals of all kinds, and is very fond of her dogs and cats. She cares about people and their feelings, and if she can help in any way, she is happy to do so.
Michael born and raised in the Hillsboro area and received his mortuary science degree from the California College of Mortuary Science Los Angeles. He has worked in funeral care serving families since 1974.
He has been involved with Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial since 1990 and is proud to be part of a very strong-team oriented environment. Michael has expert planning skills as well as insight and experience into what makes an event meaningful for everyone in attendance. He ensures a loved one is remembered how they wanted to be remembered which provides healing and closure to the families he serves.
In his spare time you can find him on his tractor, touring on his Harley-Davidson or spending time with his five grandchildren and the rest of his family.
Julius was born in the Philippines and grew up in Portland, where he still lives. He has been with us for ten years, and brings construction and operation project experience to his role as our Mausoleum Superintendent. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for eight years and they have a beautiful daughter. As a family they enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and traveling.
Ache is part of our cohesive mausoleum team and in the performance of his duties, he is detail oriented and has a heart for the families he serves. He brings experience in trade show display production, landscaping, warehouse maintenance and forklift operations to his position as well. His favorite sports include basketball, football and MMA, and hobbies include but are not limited to creating art, listening to music and spending time with family.
Family Service Advisor
Lisa Dahlen is a native Oregonian who was born in Salem and grew up in Lake Oswego. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in English. Six years later, having felt the call to ministry for a very long time, she attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. After becoming ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lisa served congregations in Oregon, Arizona and Washington State. She has also worked as a hospice chaplain, which eventually led her to doing a great deal of work in death, dying and bereavement. Her first job working in Family Services was in Seattle, WA where she spent almost 3 years gaining experience and learning about a variety of cultures at a very large funeral home and cemetery. In 2016, Lisa moved back to Portland and decided to continue her ministry serving families at as Family Service Advisor at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial and the amazing Portland Mausoleum. Lisa continues to enjoy planning and leading memorial and worship services for people from all faith backgrounds. Lisa loves being home in Portland, where she can go to Powell’s books and any number of wonderful restaurants and coffeehouses, as well as being able to spend time with her family, friends and cats.
Family Service Advisor
Sarah was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She has been with The Portland Memorial Mausoleum and Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial since 2013, and feels very privileged to represent such a beautiful and historical mausoleum.
Certified by the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery board and licensed as a life insurance producer in Oregon allows Sarah to write prearrangements for families and individuals. She feels honored by the opportunity to serve and meet the needs of each family with compassion and excellence. In her free time, Sarah loves living life to its fullest by hiking, camping & spending time in the great outdoors.
Family Service Advisor
Josh Runyon is originally from the Chattanooga, TN area but has since spent time living in San Francisco and western Sonoma County before feeling the lure of Portland life. His desire to help families through the process of making their funeral choices combined with a love of the Portland Memorial Mausoleum makes Wilhelm’s a fantastic home. When he isn’t working Josh enjoys cooking, reading, taking in the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest, and his animals.
LeeAnn Ozbun-Friesz is a native Oregonian. She has been in the funeral industry since May 2000. She originally started in Eugene and recently moved to the area. LeeAnn is mother to Vanessa, Bryson and Jordin. She has been married to her husband Kevin for 15 years. LeeAnn enjoys horseback riding, going to the beach and being with family.
Krystal Rose LaMuerta
Apprentice Funeral Director
Krystal is a native Washingtonian who has been a part of the funeral profession since 2016. While in the mortuary program at Mt. Hood Community College, she worked here in Portland, but moved back towards Olympia, Washington, to be closer to her family after she graduated. Recently, she’s back and enjoying her job as crematory operator. When she’s not serving families, she loves to spend time with her husband, Davis, and her two cats, Jon Snow and Chihiro.