Long-time HSD educational assistant, Eva Rodriguez, passed away at home surrounded by family on Sunday, January 21, 2024, after a year-plus battle with pancreatic cancer.
Eva supported students and staff at both W.L. Henry and McKinney over her nearly 30-year career. Her service and the relationships she cultivated with students and staff brought her much joy.
Eva was a friend, mentor, and advocate for our Hillsboro community. Her smile and positivity will be greatly missed.
Don was a husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family more than anything. He was born in Hillsboro to a family of eleven, including his twin brother. He was diagnosed with cancer sixteen months ago. He was a true fighter of the disease and never felt he wanted to give up. He had many friends, coworkers, and family member who loved and cared about him from his high school years as a star fullback for Hilhi, to his years in the Army's Old Guard, to working years as a union carpenter, to his retirement position with the Hillsboro School District. He loved being with people, giving his all to helping teachers and staff at Poynter and Liberty. He had a charismatic personality and calm demeanor, and a contagious laugh that always made people smile along with him. Don lost his battle with cancer the afternoon of September 14, 2023. He is best remembered by those who knew him well for his positive attitude, strength, perseverance, and his never-ending eagerness to help others. He will be sorely missed. ~Information provided by Barbara Brunswick
The family has started a GoFundMe campaign at https://gofund.me/9ea465b7
Nina Sander, longtime teacher at Butternut Creek and Orenco Elementary Schools, died on Sunday, July 9, 2023 after a battle with cancer.
Mona Warner, 74, of Milwaukie, OR, passed away peacefully on May 25, surrounded by family and friends. She was fluent in Spanish and was a bilingual elementary school teacher for her entire career. In HSD, she worked at McKinney and Reedville Elementary Schools. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, at the United Church of Christ in Milwaukie.