Staff and news service reportsBert Boyle
Bert Edward Boyle, a member of Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland, died June 6 of causes related to age. He was 84.
Mr. Boyle was born Aug. 25, 1916, in Bordulac, N.D. He served in the Army during World War II, and worked as a overhead crane operator for a local North Portland company until his retirement in 1978. He married Eileen Waldorff in 1950. She preceded him in death in 1994. He had lived in Portland since 1938, but had moved to Nehalem in January of this year.
He is survived by his son Patrick Fihn; brother Thomas; and three grandchildren.
Robert A. Lehart, a member of Queen of Peace Parish in North Portland, died June 18 of natural causes. He was 78.
Mr. Lehart was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Parkersburg, Wyo. He served in the Air Force before becoming a management analyst for the U.S. government. He retired in 1983. He married Nancy Greenwood in 1945. He had lived in Portland since 1995.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, Portland; daughter Chris Braud, St. Helens; daughter Peggy Hitchison, Beaverton; daughter Joyce Hastings, Winnetka, Calif.; daughter Debbie Frields, Vancouver, Wash.; son Jim, Chesterfield, Va.; son Phil, Nacogdoches, Texas; daughter Francie Buys, Tigard; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Teodota Sunga Aguas
Teodota Sunga Aguas, a member of St. Mary Cathedral Parish in Northwest Portland, died June 18 of natural causes. She was 74.
Mrs. Aguas was born July 17, 1926, in Porat, Pampanga, The Philippines. She was raised and educated in The Philippines, graduating from Adamson University there, with a bachelor's degree in education. She married Eleuterio Aguas in 1951.
She received her nursing degree from Lincoln School of Nursing in Los Angeles. A registered nurse, she worked at Holladay Park Hospital and Portland Veterans Hospital before retiring in 1988.
She is survived by her husband Eleuterio, Portland; son Eleuterio, Jr., Portland; son Diosdado, Portland; daughter Lourdes Rice, Portland; daughter Mary Magdalene Wuilloud, Portland; daughter Mary Ann Sierra, San Diego, Calif.; daughter Mary Catherine Moore, Gresham; daughter Maria Rosario Yano, Beaverton; daughter Maria Bernardita Coburn, Tigard; brother Tim Sunga, Las Vegas; sister Illuminada Tansingco, Honolulu, Hawaii; sisters Corazo San Juan and Flora Sunga, both of The Philippines; and 22 grandchildren.
James C. Purcella, a member of St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland, died June 18 of lung cancer. He was 60.
Mr. Purcella, a Portland attorney and lifelong resident, was born Aug. 12, 1940. He graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Portland State University before receiving a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1966.
He practiced law in Portland for more than 35 years. He also served as a protem judge in the Multnomah County Circuit Court for 10 years and was an active member of the Oregon State Bar.
He was also a licensed real estate broker, member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and St. Philip Neri Parish. He was preceded in death by his son Michael in 1994.
He is survived by his son James; brothers Robert, Ronald and Kenneth; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
John Luciano, Jr.
NEWBERG - John P. Luciano, Jr., a member of St. Peter Parish here, died June 20. He was 62.
Mr. Luciano was born March 30, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended Clarkson College and the Pratt Institute, after graduating from Northport High School in East Northport, N.Y. He married Frances Braun in 1958. They moved to Oregon in 1966. In 1967, he joined the Portland Police Bureau and achieved the rank of sergeant. He retired in 1993 after 26 years on the police force.
He is survived by his wife Fran, Newberg; son John, Portland; son Michael, Atlanta, Ga.; daughter Gina Thornton, Newberg; brother Peter, Columbia City; sister Frances Harrington, Estacada; sister Dolores Oldham, Portland; sister Rose Mary Luciano, Phoenix, Ariz.; and six grandchildren.
Josephine Gauthier, a member of St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland, died June 20. She was 76.
Mrs. Gauthier was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Belfield, N.D. A bookkeeper for Georgia Pacific and Western Photo, she retired in 1986. She married Joe Gauthier in 1965. She had lived in Portland since 1959.
She is survived by her husband Joe, Portland; sister Marie Ward, Seattle; and brother John Evoniuk, Reno, Nev.
Josephine Ann Sulek, a member of St. John Fisher Parish in Southwest Portland, died June 20. She was 84.
Mrs. Sulek was born Feb. 12, 1917, in Chicago. A homemaker, she married Alex Sulek in 1945. She had lived in the Portland area since 1945.
She is survived by her husband Alex, Portland; daughter Marijo Sulek, Portland; son Robert, Portland; and two grandchildren.
Rita Mary Raffaell, a member of St. Charles Parish in Northeast Portland, died June 21 of natural causes. She was 78.
Mrs. Raffaell was born July 3, 1922, in Grafton, N.D. A homemaker, she married Walter Raffaell in 1946. He preceded her in death in 1993. She was also preceded in death by her son Patrick.
She served as a eucharistic minister at St. Charles Parish, and had lived in Portland since 1946.
She is survived by her son Michael, Beaver Creek; daughter Suzanne Roberts, Portland; daughter Mary Sallee, Portland; daughter Ramona Raffaell, Beaverton; son Daniel, Vancouver, Wash.; daughter Lisa Raffaell, Portland; 14 grandchildren and four grandchildren.
BEAVERTON - Theodore Joseph Pikes, a member of St. Cecilia Parish here, died June 21. He was 72.
Mr. Pikes was born April 28, 1929, in Chicago. A sales manager in the roofing industry for 42 years, he retired in 1995. He had lived in Beaverton since 1971. He married Patricia McKeone in 1951.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, Beaverton; son Theodore, Vancouver, Wash.; son David, Lake Oswego; daughter Patricia Pikes Mazzocco, Aloha; sister Irene Hartigan, Macomb, Mich.; four grandchildren.
Sister Nicola Sarvello, OSF
TACOMA, Wash. - Franciscan Sister Nicola Sarvello, who ministered in Oregon for more than 30 years, died here June 22 at St. Ann Convent. She was 86.
Sister Sarvello was born Grace Teresa Sarvello in Spokane, Wash. She entered the Franciscan congregation in 1930. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Holy Names College in Spokane in 1961 and a master's degree in theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 1968.
Her primary ministry was in elementary education where she served as principal, teacher and religious education director.
She ministered in various schools and parishes in Oregon. From 1933 to 1935, she taught at St. Andrew School in Pendleton and returned there as principal from 1950 to 1955. She also served at Sacred Heart Academy, Klamath Falls (1946-48, 1958-60, 1964-68); St. Francis Academy, Baker (1948-50, 1955-57); Holy Family Confraternity House, Baker (1957-58, 1960-62); St. Joseph Parish, Pendleton (1962-64); and St. James Parish, McMinnville (1978-86).
She also served in California and Wyoming and Washington.
She is survived by her brother Tony, Missoula, Mont., and the members of her religious community.