Albert Louis Cereghino
August 4, 1922 – September 20, 2019
Albert Cereghino died September 20, 2019, of natural causes at The Springs at Wilsonville. He was 97 years old. Albert was born in Portland, Oregon on August 4, 1922, to Frank and Jennie Cereghino, immigrants from the Northern Italian town of Favale Di Malvaro. He attended St. Philip Neri Grade School, Cleveland High School (formerly Commerce High), the University of Portland and Portland State University. Before entering college, Albert was inducted into the United States Army in 1942. While in the military, he served as interpreter for Italian prisoners of war detained in California’s Camp Haan. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of staff sergeant.
During his professional years, Albert taught theater and drama throughout Oregon, Washington and California. He founded and directed Theatre of Feast, an acting group comprised of residents from Portland’s Calaroga Terrace and other local retirement homes. His life as an educator and lover of the performing arts formed the basis of his next creation: Executive Seminars International. During the ’80s and ’90s, Albert conducted innovative workshops that brought the art of communication and interpersonal relationships to corporate leaders and business professionals around the country.
Albert was a larger-than-life presence to his family and friends. He was a loving brother and uncle, innovative teacher, natural comedian, skilled actor and a true Renaissance man. His prized possessions included a well-worn thesaurus, etymology dictionary and countless tomes on Italian history. Albert’s love of art and words, however, was eclipsed by his strong Catholic faith and devotion to the Church. A rosary, prayer book and images of his beloved St. Padre Pio were never far from his side. Albert reveled in classical music, strong coffee and endless bowls of his sister’s pasta con pesto, but he thrived on the beauty of God’s creation. He often remarked on the indescribable splendor God has prepared for those who love Him. Albert knows that beauty at last!
Survivors include his four nieces, Linda Johnson (Tom), Julie Cettina (Sergio), Rita Magionos (Mark) and Christina Utter (Clifford), five great nieces and nephews and six great-great nieces and nephews. A burial service will be held on October 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery.
Che il Dio ti benedica. Riposa in pace, Alberto!
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