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University of Portland to hold memorial Mass for Gene Wizer

Lake Oswego businessman and philanthropist died Dec. 14 at the age of 77


WIZERA memorial Mass will be held for Lake Oswego businessman and philanthropist Gene Wizer at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on the University of Portland campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

Wizer died Dec. 14 at the age of 77.  University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., will preside and Rev. Edwin Obermiller, C.S.C. will offer the homily. Jim Price, Wizer’s fellow university regent and friend, will give the eulogy at the memorial Mass. A luncheon will follow in the Bauccio Commons Boardroom.

Wizer attended Columbia Preparatory School before graduating from Central Catholic High School in Portland. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Portland in 1960. In 2008, the university — where he served on the Board of Regents for more than 20 years — honored him with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Wizer's impact on Lake Oswego extended from his beloved grocery stores to his deep involvement with the Chamber of Commerce, Lake Oswego Rotary Club, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Oswego Heritage Council and a host of other school, church and civic organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughters Kim Wizer, Suzanne Wizer and Sara Lamon; son-in-law Chris Lamon; three grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Wizer.