Zeller Chapel of the Roses

2107 Ne Broadway St, Portland, OR


Helen Erceg Vranizan

May 7, 1927July 13, 2019

Helen Vranizan was born May 7, 1927 (shortly before Lindberg's flight). Graduated from Holy Cross Grade School in 1941, graduated Immaculata High School in 1945.

Helen worked at Montgomery Ward after the war where she met Anthony Vranizan. The two were married January 11, 1947. They had 4 sons. Greg, born 1948; Steven, born 1951; Mark, born 1952; and Donald, born 1954.

She grew up in Holy Cross Parish "North Portland". After living briefly in two places, her family resided for about 2 years on Northeast 10th Avenue. This was in St. Andrews Parish where Greg started school. The family moved to Garfield Ave. in November of 1955 where her family resided for almost 50 years. She moved to Calaroga Terrace in August of 2005.

Helen's children attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School where she participated in many school and parish projects and programs including being a room-mother, substitute teacher, and sunday breakfast club volunteer.

Helen Vranizan started working for well known Portland camera repairman, William Crispien, in 1966. She worked there until 2004.

She enjoyed travel and visiting her children in their hometowns across the country. She also saw parts of Europe and the Far East in her travels.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, August 3, 2019


Helen Erceg Vranizan

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Kathleen Gillen

July 25, 2019

Our condolences and prayers go out to the Vranizan and Erceg families on Helen's passing. Helen and our mother, Jean (Gillen) Daly, were longtime friends, and were part of the network of Holy Redeemer mothers who kept an eye on all the children in the neighborhood.
May Helen rest in peace.
The Gillens

Robin Baldino

July 22, 2019

We O'Briens had the privilege of living across the street from Helen and her family in our grade school years. I so appreciated Helen for her friendliness to me - for being such a well organized housewife - and for her wonderful creative projects that she would share from time to time. In Helen's later years, my mother Elaine and I enjoyed some lovely visits with her. I will miss, in particular, sharing so many happy "Garfield Avenue" memories with Helen.

Gregory Pluchos

July 22, 2019

So very sorry to learn of your mothers passing. Holy Redeemer was always one big family so we all share in your loss.
Greg Pluchos