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History & Staff
At Valley Memorial Park, we provide personalized service options that 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, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Established in 1958 on the site of the Carothers family farm, Valley Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home encompasses 40 acres, of which 15 acres are developed area, and a spectacular 6-acre horseshoe-shaped lake. We are proud to be recognized as the first Green Burial Cemetery in Oregon certified by the Green Burial Council. With 14 gardens including traditional burial spaces, cremation gardens, lawn crypts, mausoleum crypts, cremation niches, and lakefront estates, Valley has the perfect option for your family’s wishes.
One of the most interesting and most asked about features of our Park are our Memorial Columns – a natural Basalt column set at lakeside on the peninsula. This location is the ideal setting to memorialize those whose remains have been scattered on our lake or for families that have scattered loved ones elsewhere.
Valley was specifically designed to provide practical and meaningful memorial services. We offer a full range of services from traditional funerals to simple direct cremation, including preparation for Green Burial and scattering of ashes in our lake with lakeside memorial services.
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 Valley Memorial Park, 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.
Carina was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She relocated to Portland over 25 years ago. She was introduced to funeral service after taking a part-time position as a family service counselor at the then, Portland Memorial Funeral Home and Mausoleum. She decided to pursue other career avenues. After several years in the skin care industry and co-owning a café, she made the decision to return to funeral service in a different capacity. She enrolled in Mount Hood Community College Mortuary Science Program where she earned an AA degree and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is the first in her family to go into the funeral industry but finds that it truly is her calling to work with families during the grieving times. Carina has a genuine passion to help those honor their loved ones.
When not working she enjoys cooking healthy, and not so healthy plant-based food, dining out, yoga, traveling and loving on her two, goofy recuse dogs Karma Sue and Dixie Belle.
Family Service Advisor
Greg is honored to be serving Hillsboro, the surrounding communities, and the families that live here as a Family Service Advisor with Valley Memorial Park and Funeral Home. He has lived his entire life in the greater Portland area, including SW Portland, Beaverton, and the Rock Creek area, so having the opportunity to serve the communities so close to his home is truly a privilege.
Through several years of experience in the industry, he has gained the knowledge and expertise needed to guide families through an often difficult and unfamiliar process, ensuring their questions are answered and their needs are met. It is his hope to be able to inform as many families as possible about the availability and importance of preplanning so that they – and their loved ones – don’t have to go through that process unprotected and unprepared.
Family Service Advisor
Angela grew up in the Hillsboro area and recently moved back. She attended Groner, JB Thomas, Hilhi & PCC and has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She started her career in Family Service June 2011.
She worked at several cemeteries in Oregon and Nevada. Angela considers it an honor and a privilege to help families make arrangements for themselves and their loved ones.
Angela is the mother of two daughters and two rescue dogs. In her free time she enjoy traveling with friends, art, retail therapy and making toiletry bags for the homeless.
John Gruber is an administrative assistant with Valley Memorial Park, Hillsboro, Oregon. He works behind the scenes to verify and record the significant data for our families.
John understands the importance of these duties since he has previously served as a Family Service Advisor assisting families both for pre arrangements and at the time of need for a family.
John earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Jose has been at Valley Memorial Park since September of 1995. He is committed to serving our families and treats the Park as if it were his own backyard. We are constantly getting compliments from our client families on the excellent condition of the Park.
When he’s not working Jose enjoys walking and cheering on his favorite professional soccer team from Mexico, the Pumas!
Jose is married and has 3 children.
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.