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Kao Yoon Saechao of Beaverton, Oregon, passed away on June 5, 2024 at the age of 42, and will forever remain in the hearts of those touched by this precious presence in their lives. Kao was a beloved classroom assistant at Reedville Elementary School. Though Kao Yoon has departed this earthly realm, their legacy endures — a legacy of love that will continue to illuminate the lives of family and friends in the darkest of hours. May their spirit soar on wings of eternal peace, forever cherished in the tender embrace of memory. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 13th 2024 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home (4101 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland, OR 97229). Followed by a repast at 17520 SW Johnson St., Beaverton, Oregon 97003.

Former HSD principal, Patty Wiemer, suffered a stroke in early May 2024 and passed away shortly thereafter. Here is some information about her in her own words from January 21, 2011, as she was announcing her impending retirement at the end of June:

I attended Grant High in Portland, then on to U of O, after which I worked for Eugene School District. My post-graduate work was through Portland State and Lewis and Clark. I started my teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher when Oregon’s public schools first included kindergartens statewide. During the mid 80’s, we moved north, and I worked for Beaverton schools. Always a primary teacher, I left the classroom and spent 5 years as a student supervisor and technology facilitator at Greenway Elem in Beaverton. I became a principal with Hillsboro Schools in 1999 at W.Verne McKinney, before being asked to open Free Orchards Elementary.  

Perhaps the highlight of my career has been working with Hillsboro Schools as we worked to strengthen our academic programs K-12. It was a great honor being asked to open a new school and I have loved working with the Cornelius community.    

Former HSD teacher Karen Greene Bidwell passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Karen taught middle school English for her entire 30-year career in HSD. She taught at J.B. Thomas and Evergreen. A celebration of her life will be held at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro on Friday, March 15, at 3 p.m.

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 Brunswick - Custodian at Poynter Middle School and Liberty High School

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 


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