Retired HSD administrator Kenneth Rupp was tragically killed in a car accident on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Ken served as a building principal from 1978 to 1994, at which time he became the executive director of elementary schools. Though he officially retired in 1997, Ken contracted back for an additional year. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, September 15, from 2 to 5pm at the Claremont Clubhouse, 15800 NW Country Club Dr., Portland, OR 97229.
Vernon Wayne “Vern” Petrick Jr.
Vern Petrick was a beloved member of the Glencoe community, serving as a teacher, coach, and athletic director from the time the school opened in 1982 until complications from Parkinson’s Disease necessitated his retirement in 2006. He was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 2010. All of his children attended HSD schools, seven of his ten grandchildren currently attend HSD schools, and his son Rian and daughter-in-law Kellie both work for the District. Vern ultimately succumbed to Parkinson’s and pneumonia on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, surrounded by his devoted family. His celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Glencoe gymnasium, which bears his name. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in his honor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, an organization leading the research effort on finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, or to the Glencoe High School athletic department. Additional information about Vern is here in his obituary.
Belizario “Billy” Castellano
Belizario “Billy” Castellano passed away on October 10, 2018. Billy was a long-time staff member who most recently was working as the head custodian at Evergreen Middle School. Billy was hired in 1985 for what was then the Hilhi School District and later became the Reedville School District. He worked at Butternut Creek Elementary school from 1989 through 2009 when he retired. He became a substitute after his retirement and then was rehired at Evergreen in 2015.
For those who are interested, Billy’s family has set up a GoFundMe site for assistance with medical and funeral expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/fund-for-the-castellano-family.
Our sincerest thanks to Billy for his dedicated service to the students, staff, and families of the Hillsboro School District; and our deepest sympathies go out to families, friends, and all who knew him.
UPDATE 10/22 - Services will be held on Sunday October 28 at 1:00 pm at the Senior Center in Hillsboro.
Gene Grimes passed away on October 10, 2018. Gene had been the night custodian at R.A. Brown Middle School for the past two years. Prior to that, he had worked for 31 years as a church custodian in Indiana. He retired and moved to Oregon to live with his son and decided that he wanted to keep working, so he took the position at Brown.
Our sincerest thanks to Gene for his dedicated service to the students, staff, and families of the Hillsboro School District; and our deepest sympathies go out to families, friends, and all who knew him.
Kim Ellsworth passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Mrs. Ellsworth was most recently a special education teacher at South Meadows Middle School. She has worked at all HSD high schools and has coached track, soccer and basketball over the course of her 20 years in the District. Click here to read a letter to parents at South Meadows.
Sunday, April 8
- Viewing: 1-3 p.m., Fir Lawn Chapel, 1070 W Main St., Hillsboro
Monday, April 9
- Rosary: 10:30-11 a.m., St. Matthew Catholic Church, 447 SE 3rd Ave., Hillsboro
- Mass: 11 a.m.-noon, St. Matthew
- Burial: 12:30-1 p.m., Fir Lawn Cemetery
- Reception: 1 p.m., St. Matthew Parish Hall
Click here for more information on Facebook.
Terry Anne Takase Shlaes
Passed away Tuesday Feb. 27, 2018. Terry taught Special Ed, Science, Math and English Classes at Phil Lewis Elementary, was head of the Special Education Departments at Tualatin High School and Century High School in Hillsboro before joining Lakeridge High in 2003. Terry was a tireless advocate for students, clients, mentees and community members, both in her role as a teacher and in her off duty hours. Click here for her obituary in the Oregonian. Click here to write a condolence on-line.
Diane VanBlaricom Nielsen
Former Business Manager Diane VanBlaricom Nielsen passed away Sunday, November 12. Diane worked for the district from December 2003 to her retirement in June 2008.
Diane's celebration of life will take place on Sunday, November 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open house) at Portofino Restaurant, 8075 SE 13th Avenue, Portland.
Elizabeth (Libby) Downer passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, September 28. In 1999 she began working as an inclusion assistant, working at Peter Boscow, Imlay, Patterson and Free Orchards. She accomplished many breakthroughs with autistic children she worked with, and received numerous written commendations during those years. Teaching children was a lifelong passion for Libby.
Libby's memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at her home, 3320 NE Sunburst Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.
There will be a celebration of life for Marge on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, 11 a.m., at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1124 S Beech St, Cornelius. Lunch will follow. Her obituary is listed at Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt website, as well as a guestbook you are invited to sign.
Marge was a long-time employee of HSD, having served from 1996-2003 as a benefits specialist at the Admin. Center and as a secretary at North Plains Elementary.