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 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 Portland Cremation Association – the Northwest’s first cremation association. The cornerstone was placed February 5, 1901 in the still-existing historic chapel structure. Today, Wilhelm’s offers 8 stories and over 5 miles of corridors of carefully preserved architecture and elegance. It is one of the few, if not only, mausoleums of its size in the country. The mausoleum has many pieces of stained-glass art that were designed, constructed, and installed by the famed Povey brothers and Gerlich & Louis C. Tiffany. The mausoleum also has a variety of marble statuary hand carved from Carrara marble at the Taverelli Studios in Italy and most of the marble fronts on the crypts and niches come from Italy as well. Our most famous statuary is one of three exact re-creations of Michelangelo’s famous Pieta’. It weighs close to 7,000 lbs. and was carved by the Taverelli Studios in 1969 from marble from the same Italian quarry where Michelangelo carved the Pieta’ in 1499.
The more than 100-year-old vision of the local citizens who started Portland Memorial is still alive in the majestic walkways of granite and marble and the many peaceful areas within the mausoleum serving as a final resting place for thousands of Oregonians. Take a virtual tour or join us for community events 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.
Steve Grabinski, Managing Funeral Director at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home, was born in Portland and graduated from Madison High School. He completed his Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College in 1984 and has worked in the funeral industry since that time. In his spare time he and his wife enjoy traveling.
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.
Malory Wolf has been serving families through funeral directing and embalming since 2013. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Malory received her degree in Funeral Science from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. She then came to Portland, OR, to pursue her career and continue helping families in their time of need. When she has free time, Malory enjoys camping, hiking, knitting, and spending leisure time at home with her partner and two dogs.
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.
Warren Cox is responsible for Business Administration for the Portland area. For forty years he has garnered knowledge in sales, project management and operation experience. He is married with two beautiful daughters and as a family, they enjoy traveling and road trips.
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.
Chris was born in Portland, and has lived in Milwaukie, Oregon for most of his life. Single with no children, he enjoys varied interests when not serving our families, which he believes is the most important part of what he does here at Wilhelm’s.
Denise Hatch is our Director of First Impressions.
With years of experience serving in the role of Executive Assistant within the insurance industry, she considers it a blessing to help provide the type of care and support families need at a most difficult time. She's a "can do" person that will find the answer if she doesn't have it herself! Her favorite quote is "La vita e Bella" (Life is Beautiful), which is shown in her desire to provide impeccable care, respect and diligence to each and every family that selects Wilhelm's.
A grandmother of five, Denise enjoys time with her husband, Tom and their chocolate Labrador, Percy, in addition to gardening and hospitality.
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.
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.
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.