Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Rachel Essig Executive Director

Rachel Essig joined River View in 2018 and enjoys being Executive Director because it marries three things that she finds important: service, tranquil places and community. She believes in providing a place for reflection but also serving everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or economic condition.

She began her funeral and cemetery career in 2008 managing fourteen local historic cemeteries. In 2013-2018 she expanded her career as a General Manager of a local funeral home and cemetery. 

Growing up in rural southwest Michigan her mother made sure she and her brother enjoyed the outdoors, this also included visiting old cemeteries, creating her lifelong appreciation for sacred places and community. She obtained a BA in Spanish and art-history from Western Michigan University. Her board service includes 2011-present for the Cemetery Association of Oregon, 2011-13 helped form and served on the board of the Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation and 2013-15 for the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery. She is an active volunteer with several non-profits in Guatemala. 

Rachel enjoys her family, cooking, music, art, hiking and especially camping at the Oregon Coast.

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Marcus Terry Funeral Home Manager

Marcus joined the staff at River View Cemetery Funeral Home in the Spring of 2020, stepping into the role of Managing Director in August of that year. While not born in Oregon, Marcus grew up in Beaverton from a young age. After attending Westview High School, Marcus received his BS in Business from Western Oregon University before attending Mount Hood Community College for Funeral Service and embalming. In addition to this, he also has his notary and insurance licenses.

Marcus has been involved in Oregon’s funeral industry since 2010, helping to serve families with his background in customer service and attention to detail. A funeral service to Marcus is about meeting people at a difficult time and caring for them, while helping them find peace. To Marcus, “it’s not a job but a lifestyle.”

When not serving his families and staff, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 3+ years, playing golf, puzzles, and working on projects around the house.

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Gary J. Sands

Gary began his funeral service career in Milwaukie, Oregon in 1976 and became a funeral service practitioner, embalmer and licensed eye enucleator. His educational background includes Mt. Hood Community College, Northwest Christian University, University of Oregon and continued online education at colleges in Utah and Arkansas. Gary was invited to become part of the staff of River View Cemetery Funeral Home in 2006.

Gary married his college sweetheart, Nancy Yates in 1974, and together they have eight children and currently nineteen grandchildren – they are his greatest joy.

Gary believes that a non-corporate approach to funeral service affords families the best option to selecting only the services and merchandise they find value, without any pressure from the professionals serving them.

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Gordy Reece

Gordy joined the staff of River View Cemetery Funeral Home in the Spring of 2018. Hailing from Beavercreek, Oregon, Gordy grew up in an old farmhouse on Larkin Road, back behind what is known by the locals as the “Ten O’clock” Church. He graduated from Oregon City High School and went directly into his Portland family nut & bolt business, General Threaded Products, which his father and sister still operate to this day. Many in the music community may also recognize him from his time working at Sheet Music Service. When his beloved music store closed, Gordy decided to pursue an interest that was piqued after his grandmother’s passing. The thoughtfulness and care shown by the funeral professionals who helped his family, paired with his genuine interest in learning about the lives and stories of others inspired him to seek a path that eventually lead to a Mortuary Science degree from Mt. Hood Community College in 2015.

Music has always been a big part of Gordy’s life. His earliest memories are infused with the sounds of his mother’s singing, accompanied by the yodeling of his grandfather. He has performed in several local bands, orchestras and ensembles over the years and can currently be found playing tuba in the Beaverton Community Band. You may also catch him whistling or yodeling within the grounds of the cemetery from time to time. He currently resides in Wilsonville with his wife, Leigh, and children, Morgan and Bryn.

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Maleah Wraith

Maleah first started at River View as a Family Service Representative in 2016. After discovering her passion for serving families, she made the decision to enroll in the Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College. She graduated in the spring of 2020 and rejoined River View as a Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice in the fall of 2020.

Maleah grew up in Bozeman, Montana, and much of her childhood was spent playing outdoors with her animals. Her love of new places and experiences had her living all over the country in the years after graduating high school including California, Alaska, and Nebraska, before finally settling in Portland in 2013. In her free time Maleah enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her fiancé Ricky, spending time with her cats Zelda and Ser Pounce, and trying to find the perfect smash burger.

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Lisa Sayre-Aquilla

Lisa Sayre-Aquilla began her service at River View Cemetery in 2007 as a part-time employee and began her current full-time position with River View Cemetery Funeral Home in 2009. Lisa, River View Cemetery Funeral Home Office Manager, is a native of Oregon and was born and raised in the Burlingame area of Portland. She attended Maplewood and Capitol Hill grade schools along with Benson Tech High School and graduated from Wilson High School. Prior to her career with River View, Lisa worked in both the floral and automotive industries.

Lisa has resided near River View Cemetery her entire life, giving her a unique perspective of the neighborhoods surrounding the cemetery. With both of her parents and many other loved ones buried here at River View, Lisa understands grief and loss which guides her compassion as she interacts with the families we are honored to serve. She loves to assist others and sought employment with River View because she desired to be part of a professional community that can help people when they need it most.

When not at work she enjoys spending time with her two children and her granddaughter. Lisa also enjoys hunting and fishing. One of Lisa's passions is the restoration of her 1970 Dodge Challenger.

Rachel Essig

Executive Director
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Rachel Essig joined River View in 2018 and enjoys being Executive Director because it marries three things that she finds important: service, tranquil places and community. She believes in providing a place for reflection but also serving everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or economic condition.

She began her funeral and cemetery career in 2008 managing fourteen local historic cemeteries. In 2013-2018 she expanded her career as a General Manager of a local funeral home and cemetery. 

Growing up in rural southwest Michigan her mother made sure she and her brother enjoyed the outdoors, this also included visiting old cemeteries, creating her lifelong appreciation for sacred places and community. She obtained a BA in Spanish and art-history from Western Michigan University. Her board service includes 2011-present for the Cemetery Association of Oregon, 2011-13 helped form and served on the board of the Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation and 2013-15 for the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery. She is an active volunteer with several non-profits in Guatemala. 

Rachel enjoys her family, cooking, music, art, hiking and especially camping at the Oregon Coast.

Marcus Terry

Funeral Home Manager
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Marcus joined the staff at River View Cemetery Funeral Home in the Spring of 2020, stepping into the role of Managing Director in August of that year. While not born in Oregon, Marcus grew up in Beaverton from a young age. After attending Westview High School, Marcus received his BS in Business from Western Oregon University before attending Mount Hood Community College for Funeral Service and embalming. In addition to this, he also has his notary and insurance licenses.

Marcus has been involved in Oregon’s funeral industry since 2010, helping to serve families with his background in customer service and attention to detail. A funeral service to Marcus is about meeting people at a difficult time and caring for them, while helping them find peace. To Marcus, “it’s not a job but a lifestyle.”

When not serving his families and staff, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 3+ years, playing golf, puzzles, and working on projects around the house.

Gary J. Sands

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Gary began his funeral service career in Milwaukie, Oregon in 1976 and became a funeral service practitioner, embalmer and licensed eye enucleator. His educational background includes Mt. Hood Community College, Northwest Christian University, University of Oregon and continued online education at colleges in Utah and Arkansas. Gary was invited to become part of the staff of River View Cemetery Funeral Home in 2006.

Gary married his college sweetheart, Nancy Yates in 1974, and together they have eight children and currently nineteen grandchildren – they are his greatest joy.

Gary believes that a non-corporate approach to funeral service affords families the best option to selecting only the services and merchandise they find value, without any pressure from the professionals serving them.

Gordy Reece

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Gordy joined the staff of River View Cemetery Funeral Home in the Spring of 2018. Hailing from Beavercreek, Oregon, Gordy grew up in an old farmhouse on Larkin Road, back behind what is known by the locals as the “Ten O’clock” Church. He graduated from Oregon City High School and went directly into his Portland family nut & bolt business, General Threaded Products, which his father and sister still operate to this day. Many in the music community may also recognize him from his time working at Sheet Music Service. When his beloved music store closed, Gordy decided to pursue an interest that was piqued after his grandmother’s passing. The thoughtfulness and care shown by the funeral professionals who helped his family, paired with his genuine interest in learning about the lives and stories of others inspired him to seek a path that eventually lead to a Mortuary Science degree from Mt. Hood Community College in 2015.

Music has always been a big part of Gordy’s life. His earliest memories are infused with the sounds of his mother’s singing, accompanied by the yodeling of his grandfather. He has performed in several local bands, orchestras and ensembles over the years and can currently be found playing tuba in the Beaverton Community Band. You may also catch him whistling or yodeling within the grounds of the cemetery from time to time. He currently resides in Wilsonville with his wife, Leigh, and children, Morgan and Bryn.

Maleah Wraith

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Maleah first started at River View as a Family Service Representative in 2016. After discovering her passion for serving families, she made the decision to enroll in the Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College. She graduated in the spring of 2020 and rejoined River View as a Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice in the fall of 2020.

Maleah grew up in Bozeman, Montana, and much of her childhood was spent playing outdoors with her animals. Her love of new places and experiences had her living all over the country in the years after graduating high school including California, Alaska, and Nebraska, before finally settling in Portland in 2013. In her free time Maleah enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her fiancé Ricky, spending time with her cats Zelda and Ser Pounce, and trying to find the perfect smash burger.

Lisa Sayre-Aquilla

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Lisa Sayre-Aquilla began her service at River View Cemetery in 2007 as a part-time employee and began her current full-time position with River View Cemetery Funeral Home in 2009. Lisa, River View Cemetery Funeral Home Office Manager, is a native of Oregon and was born and raised in the Burlingame area of Portland. She attended Maplewood and Capitol Hill grade schools along with Benson Tech High School and graduated from Wilson High School. Prior to her career with River View, Lisa worked in both the floral and automotive industries.

Lisa has resided near River View Cemetery her entire life, giving her a unique perspective of the neighborhoods surrounding the cemetery. With both of her parents and many other loved ones buried here at River View, Lisa understands grief and loss which guides her compassion as she interacts with the families we are honored to serve. She loves to assist others and sought employment with River View because she desired to be part of a professional community that can help people when they need it most.

When not at work she enjoys spending time with her two children and her granddaughter. Lisa also enjoys hunting and fishing. One of Lisa's passions is the restoration of her 1970 Dodge Challenger.