The Greater Portland Area Chapter is proud to announce that its Oregon/Washington POMC Memorial Wall is now finished and has been presented to members and the public. It has been over five years since the first fundraising began. It took nearly a year to finish and all of us could not be happier. We have accomplished what we had hoped and working together is what allowed it to happen.
We held our presentation on September 25, 2013 at the site of our memorial, 500 Hilda Street, Oregon City, Oregon. Over 700 people attended our “National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims” and “Memorial Presentation”. It was a day that we will all remember and a day in which all of our loved ones were remembered as well.
One of the most important people we remembered when we started our celebration was our founder, Joan Synarski. On January 26, 1981, Joan and Bob Synarski’s daughter, Karen Synarski Olive, was murdered in her home. Joan had heard Bob and Charlotte Hullinger speak on television about a group they called “Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide” (POMC). Joan called the number that they had listed and in 1982 she started the “Greater Portland Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children”. Joan, with the support of her husband, Bob, did an outstanding job in leading the chapter. They set the groundwork and because of their leadership and their understanding of losing a child to homicide, we are here today. Joan’s love for POMC has continued after her retirement as Chapter Leader in 1989.
Without the support of the Portland Board Members, our memorial would just be a dream. As Chapter Leader, I would like to thank the following for their support and determination to start and finish our “POMC Memorial Wall and Garden”: Gayle Moffitt (Co-Leader), Delores Cook (Co-Leader), Irene James (Secretary), Betty Groves (Treasurer), Pat Schwiebert, (Professional Advisor), Shirlene Guthrie (Parent), Rick Vaughn (Parent), and Cherrie Dodge (Associate Fund Raiser).
It is with our deepest respect and appreciation that we thank “Crime Victims United” for their dedication and years of service to secure rights and protection for victims of crimes and co-victims of homicide. Bob and Dee Dee Kouns started Crime Victims United over thirty years ago and when they retired Steve Doell continued to work for the protection of society and equal rights for victims and co-victims of homicide. Without their tireless work and commitment to a balanced justice system, victims would not have the rights they do today.
We hope that all those who attended enjoyed the program. We started our event with piper Thomas Peralta followed by the “Presentation of the Colors” by the Oregon City Police Department and the “Presentation of the POMC Flag” by the Three Rivers Post 1321 VFW. For the fifth year, Anna Marie Wood, a co-victim of the murders of two Oregon City girls, Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis , sang our “National Anthem” and “Do You Want To Dance”.
Delores Cook, a co-leader of POMC and founder of Survivors of Murder and Vehicular Homicide, welcomed Washington members and expressed her appreciation of the joining of our two states in the building of the memorial. Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote welcomed everyone to our celebration and laid the foundation for a “Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims”. Names from our murder wall were read by National Crime Victims Law Institute Director Meg Garvin and her associates, Rebecca Khalil, Goldann Salazar, and Julie Landrum. This was Meg’s fifth year reading the names of our loved ones. Meg and her associates do an excellent job.
Wade McGilvra, co-victim and soon-to-be author, gave an outstanding presentation of his experiences when his girl friend was murdered thirty years ago. He validated the fact that having a place to go to honor your loved one is an important part of healing. Wade was never allowed to go to the funeral or visit a gravesite for his girl friend until now.
Our keynote speaker was Dan Levey, Executive Director for the National Office Of Parents Of Murdered Children. Dan, as always, gave a speech that reflected his position as leader of POMC and he reached out to all victims and co-victims of homicide. As a chapter, we were honored for him to attend our “Day of Remembrance”. Dan is also a co-victim of homicide. His brother , Howard A. Levey, was murdered years ago.
Bob and Reece Elledge released butterflies, which did not initially want to fly; it was too cold! A few could be coaxed, but some decided to stay around for awhile. Several of the people who attended walked away with a butterfly on their clothes. A few people even bragged that a butterfly gave them a Butterfly Kiss. This might have been our “magical moment” from the butterflies.
Without the support, hard work, and commitment of Larry Potter (operations manager of the Oregon City Parks and cemetery), Mike Osterman (Osterman Design) Development Design, Bob Elledge, General Contractor, and David West (Structures in Landscape), designer and builder, we would never have had such a beautiful memorial. These people all donated their personal time free to give us a memorial that will pay tribute to our loved ones. Without them, our memorial would not be what it is today. We cannot thank each of these men enough.
Finally, the day before our event, I received a beautiful e-mail from Charlotte Hullinger. Charlotte along with her husband, Bob Hullinger wanted us to know how they felt about the memorial. Charlotte and Robert Hullinget founded Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1978 after the murder of their 19 year old daughter Lisa by a former boyfriend . The following is a copy of their letter:
“Just a quick note to say Congratulations to you, Gayle, your husband, and all the others who contributed to the big event that will take place tomorrow. I’m reading all the articles about it, looking at all the photos, and admiring the beautiful result of all your efforts. Thank you so much on behalf of Bob and me personally. We are so proud of you and appreciate and love you, and how fortunate we feel to be your friends.
With Love, Char
P.S. Please pass our greetings along to all the members of your chapter.”
Charlotte’s letter is truly the “icing on our cake”. It is humbling to receive a letter from the people responsible for all of us being here and for giving us a group to belong to.
We now will be working on getting an additional wall for our memorial. Shortly, we will be adding new names that will fill out the memorial walls we now have. In planning the memorial, we designed it so that new walls could be added.
In closing, we would like to thank everyone who attended. Your presence made everything worthwhile. We feel that in keeping with remembering those who have helped us as co-victims of homicide get through our grief the following professionals should be recognized as well:
Representatives Brent Barton and Jeff Barker, Senators Chuck Thomsen and Richard Devlin, Oregon US Attorney Amanda Marshall, Mayors Doug Neeley and Kent Studebaker, OCDLA Attorneys Christine Herrman, and Gail Meyer, Oregon Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervison members, Brenda Carney, Kristin Winges-Yanez and Victm Specialist Debbie Wojciechowski, Oregon Department of Corrections Assistant Director Jeremiah Stromberg, and Cordinator Patrica Barrera, National Crime Victim Law Institute Director Meg Garvin and Staff Rebecca Khalil, Julie Landrum and Goldann Salazar, Oregon Crime Victim Law Center Rosemary Brewer,Crook Victim Assistance Supervisor Julie Martinez, Coordinator Lynne Whitemar, Program Director Janice Falte, Director Debra Bridges, Coordinator Amy Lindberg, Director Kim Larson, Director Diane Wehage, Multnomah Co. Dept. of Community Justice Office Asst. Sr. Anita Davis, Department of Justice Jeannette Ewald, Aaron Knott and Director Crime Victim Services Shannon Sivell, District Attorneys Diana Vitolins, John Fairgrieves, Walter Beglau, Doug Harcleroad, Bracken McKey, Steve Atchison, Bob Hermann, Alex Gardner, Rod Underhill, Bradley Berry, Chuck Sparks, Roger Hanlon, Katie Suver, Jodie Bureta, Aaron Felton, Rob Bovett,, Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik, Director of ODAA Doug Harcleroad, Oregon Youth Authority Deputy Director Joe O’Leary, President of the Portland Police Association Daryl Turner, Chief of Police Gladstone Jim Peyde, Portland Police Cold Case Srg. Margaret Bahnson, Sheriff Daniel Staton, Undersheriff Tim Moore, Oregon State Police Sergeant Jeff Proulx, Marlene Young and John Stein
Again, it was all of you who attended or supported us that made our “Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims” a success and our “Memorial Presentation”-- A dream that came true.
Thank you all for being there, Mary Elledge
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 IS OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION. IF WE DO NOT HAVE A PICTURE OF YOUR LOVED ONE, PLEASE SEND ONE TO:
14427 S. Forsythe Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
WE WILL BE SHOWING SLIDES OF OUR LOVED ONES AND SAYING THEIR NAMES. THERE WILL BE REFRESHMENTS AFTERWARDS AND AN ORNAMENT FOR EVERY FAMILY. WE HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND.
CONGRATULATIONS TO SURVIVORS OF MURDER AND VEHICULAR HOMICIDE SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEIR SUCCESSFUL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US GET THE WORD OUT ON OUR NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE. GREAT JOB!
WE ARE A TEAM!
I see the water run down each rock;
Tears fall from my eyes
And I find it hard to talk.
There is beauty everywhere;
But for me, my life has been so hard
And filled with despair.
Someone I love has been cruelly taken from me;
Will this ache in my heart always be?
But wait-I hear the sound of the water
Splashing as it lands;
It is not a mournful sound,
But rather like marching bands.
I see the beautiful redwood tree
Standing strong and tall;
If only I could gather its strength,
Then I would not fall.
The pillar rocks reach up to the sky;
When our loved ones are remembered,
They really never die.
I look at the granite below the falls
And see each loved one’s name;
It is not us,
But the murderers who are to blame.
We know now that we have a special place to go;
It is a place where others see that the waterfalls
Represent our tears that also flow.
The tears will heal my broken heart;
Remembering keeps all of us from being apart.
The water circulates from the waterfall
Like our love, it is endless and
It washes our tears away.
(This poem was read as we turned on the water for our waterfalls on our Memorial Wall)
The Greater Portland Area Chapter wants to thank everyone who has contributed to the building of our Oregon/Washington Memorial. It has taken all of us to get to where we are today. Our wall was built to hold over 450 names and we will soon have our walls filled. In planning, we knew where we would put a new wall when needed. In order to make sure there is space for the names of victims of homicide, we will be arranging with our builder, David West from Structures in Landscape, to add another wall.
We are sorry to have to ask for contributions again, but we hope businesses, unions, and our members will again help us meet the cost of the building of the new wall. We are getting more calls from co-victims who are anxious to have their loved ones names engraved on our walls. Any amount is appreciated. Thank you all so much.
On September 25, 2013, Gayle Moffit was happy to see POMC friends, Penny and Mike Moreau, at the POMC Memorial Celebration at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City, OR. Penny and Mike now live in San Diego, California and had come to see the grand opening of the POMC Memorial Garden. Upon running into each other, Penny asked Gayle how her daughter’s case was coming since it was listed in the paper from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department as a cold case under investigation.
Gayle was surprised and thrilled to hear the news. The murder of her daughter, Diana Gail Moffitt, in July, 1987, has never been solved. Her body was discovered on October 9, 1987 in a ditch overgrown with foliage that was being cleared with a backhoe, and were later identified as Diana Moffitt. She had been missing for nearly three months.
An extensive investigation was made. Gayle believes the individuals who involved her daughter in trafficking also is responsible for her murder. An unsolved case is one of the worst things that can happen after a homicide; you never get justice. You continually search for the person(s) responsible for their murder and continually fear they will murder again. Gayle and her family hope that justice will be served when Diana’s case is finally solved.
Cold Case detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Diana’s death and need the public’s help to identify the suspect(s). Sheriff’s detectives hope that with the passage of time, those with information may have a change of heart, or may no longer fear any retaliation for their testimony.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in one of the following ways:
Homicide Detail—858-974-2321 (during business hours)
Communications Center—858-565-5200 (after hours)
Crime Stoppers –888-580-8477
Crime Stoppers online tip form— www.sdsheriff.net
It would be amazing if the POMC Memorial Wall was the catalyst that helped the San Diego Sheriff’s Department solve the murder of Diana Gail Moffitt. Diana’s case number is 8768903.
JANET AND RICHARD M.
LESLI W. M.
THE SAMUEL S. JOHNSON FOUNDTION
JULIE W. AND ALOHA N.
ELEANORE P. B.
ROBERT AND KAREN P.
The Greater Portland Chapter is so proud of our member, Amanda Harris, for launching her official site for siblings. Amanda is offering the Website: www.unitingsiblings.com so that sibling co-victims of homicide have a place to go where they will be understood and supported. This site will include video, chat, and telephone conference via a secure and private interface. Amanda is paying for the expenses and will be delighted to be another support for sibling co-victims. Amanda can also be reached at: Amanda@unitingsiblings.com or 623-866-3189.
Amanda Harris is now ready to start her web site for siblings. The Portland Chapter is excited about the support and understanding this new group will be for the many often overlooked survivors.
We are continuing to accept donations for our Memorial Garden and are very close to reaching our goal. Thank you to all that have already donated and to those that have not, please consider making your donation today. Please send your tax deductible donations to:
Parents Of Murdered Children
14427 S. Forsythe Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
If you have questions, please contact Mary Elledge at (503) 656-8039.
Please find, enclosed, $10.00 for my annual subscription (three issues) for the Survivors Newsletter.
(Please consider adding an extra subscription fee to help defray the cost for someone who cannot afford it.)
CITY, STATE, ZIP____________________________________________________________________
MAIL TO: POMC, INC. ENCLOSED IS MY: CHECK _________________
100 E. EIGHTH STREET, B-41 MONEY ORDER__________
CINCINATTI, OH 54202
Download form here
PRINTED NAME OF LOVED ONE _________________________________________________________ (This spelling will be used)
MEMBER/FRIEND’S NAME AND ADDRESS _________________________________________________
MEMBER OR FRIEND’S PHONE NUMBER __________________________________________________
(Required to verify order)
SIGNATURE FOR PERMISSION TO ________________________________________________________
ENGRAVE NAME AND SPELLING APPROVAL
Please submit one form for each loved one. Please make efforts to confer with other family members/friends to ensure multiple requests are not received for the same loved one. When completed, please mail to:
POMC, 14427 S. Forsythe Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045. The names will then be submitted for engraving on the Memorial Wall at the Mountain View Cemetery and Park. If you have questions, please call 503-656-8039.
Download form here
Please Complete and Return to Memorial Garden,
POMC 14427 S. Forsythe Rd Oregon City, OR 97045
100% of Contributions are Tax Deductible
Name:____________________________________________ phone: __________________________
Gift in Memory of: __________________________________________________________
Anonymous gift (will not be recognized at the Memorial Garden or in published materials)
Method of Payment:
Credit Card #_________________________________________Exp Date:___________
Name on Card _________________________________________________________________
Pledged Payment (to be completed by December 31, 2014)
Please add notes on payment timing _________________________________________
Thank you for helping to create the Oregon-Washington Public Memorial Garden. Your generosity will never be forgotten.
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Tina Tanner 541-510-3075
Tana Tanner 541-935-2023
PO Box 343, Elmira, OR 97437
(Tana Tanner is a member of POMC. Prices are very reasonable for POMC members.)
We would like to get to know your loved one and gain and understanding of their lives, achievements, accomplishments, goals, and personalities. We’d like to celebrate the LIFE of our loved ones rather than remain in the pain of their death. If you would like to share a unique story about your loved one, please submit a short (1 page) letter telling us about them. Some possible ideas to include are:
Their favorite food, movie, book, and why
Their most successful accomplishment
A funny childhood story/experience
Their most exciting vacation
A unique talent
Their most prized possession
Their favorite school subject or teacher
Their educational/professional goals
A personal goal they planned to fulfill
An obstacle they overcame
A school play they may have performed in
Their favorite season/holiday
Please include your contact information as well as their full name and birth date. Thank you.
Please also include a picture of your loved one, if possible. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that your photograph will be returned to you.
Please mail submissions to:
Portland Area Chapter
Parents Of Murdered Children
And Other Survivors Of Homicide Victims
14427 S. Forsythe Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Tacoma Violent Crime Victim Services Welcomes Homicide Survivors
Peer Support Group Meeting
If someone you love has been the victim of a homicide, we invite you to attend our monthly support group meeting. You will find acceptance, compassion and support.
Place: United Way Building
3rd FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
Date: 3rd Wednesday of Each Month!
Time: 7:30PM – 10:00PM
The United Way Building is located in Tacoma, at 1501 Pacific Avenue. This is the same building that the VCVS office is located in. It is next to Union Station on the north side. As you pass Union Station you will see the United Way Building. Parking is on the south side of the building. Please park your vehicle in an open space and enter the building’s front entrance and take the elevator to the third floor. The conference room is Suite 312. Please call Lew Cox for more information (253) 383-5254.
POMC'S Court Watch Program is designed to help families maneuver through the court system. Two of the most important aspects of Court Watch are the prevention of any re-victimization to family members, and the minimizing of the emotional pain of going through hearings and trials.
If you would like support from POMC during hearings and trials or want to offer assistance, call Pat Elmore at 503-312-5681 or Allen Tremain at 503-522- 0577.
Each month a number of newsletters are returned due to delivery problems. In addition to the initial postage, return postage is charged by the Postal Service. To minimize this expense, please write to the return address of the newsletter or contact Erin at Hondaerin2@aol.com if your address changes or you no longer wish to receive this publication.