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The Scherzinger Weddings
One family, one church, 24 weddings
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Bertha Scherzinger and Charlie Lair wed at Sacred Heart Church in Portland in July 1916. 

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Bertha Scherzinger and Charlie Lair wed at Sacred Heart Church in Portland in July 1916. 

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Fr. Bob Barricks and Fr. Ted Weber officiate at the wedding of Julia Scherzinger and Anthony DeSimone at Sacred Heart Church in May 2016. It was the 24th wedding at the Southeast Portland church for the Scherzinger family in the course of a century.

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Fr. Bob Barricks and Fr. Ted Weber officiate at the wedding of Julia Scherzinger and Anthony DeSimone at Sacred Heart Church in May 2016. It was the 24th wedding at the Southeast Portland church for the Scherzinger family in the course of a century.

Herbert Weber of Chehalis, Wn., and Miss Helen Scherzinger were married on Wednesday at 8:30. Mr. Ed Weber, brother of the groom, and Miss Tillie Stremich were the official witnesses. Helen Scherzinger has grown up from childhood in this parish. She is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Scherzinger and graduated from the parish school and is a splendid Catholic girl. Mr. Weber is an excellent young gentleman and has a good position at Chehalis. The young couple will make a home there for a time and then return to this parish.

—      Notice of the wedding of Herbert Weber and Helen Scherzinger in the Catholic Sentinel, July 19, 1928



Ed Langlois
Of the Catholic Sentinel


On average, someone from the Scherzinger family gets married at Sacred Heart Church every four years.

Of course, weddings tend to come in bunches. In 1948, Richard and Robert Scherzinger had a double wedding.

For a century, the venerable family has held nuptials in the storybook church in Southeast Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

There was a family centennial of sorts in May of last year, when Julia Scherzinger married Anthony DeSimone at Sacred Heart.

It was 1916 when Bertha Scherzinger and Charlie Lair got it all started. The church was relatively new then, having been completed just after the turn of the 20th century.

There was a lengthy gap before wedding number 24. The 23rd Scherzinger couple had been Julia’s parents, Jim Scherzinger and Claire Carder, married in 1987.

Julia and Anthony’s 2014 wedding included as concelebrant Father Ted Weber, the bride’s cousin. Father Weber, 87, has been a part of many of the family’s weddings, going back to childhood.

Bertha Scherzinger was one of his aunts and his own parents wed at the church in 1928.

Young Ted grew up at Sacred Heart. His grandfather, J.A. Scherzinger, moved to the parish in 1910 as choir director, a post he held until his death in 1936.

The parish history book includes a photo of the 1913 ninth-grade graduating class with Anna Scherzinger listed as one of the graduates. Aloysius Scherzinger, the grandfather of Julia, was the parish bookkeeper for more than 50 years, taking over after his father’s health no longer permitted him to keep the books.

“The people who lived in that parish seemed to stay there,” Father Weber says.

After 1916, two Scherzinger weddings came in 1919 and then in every decade until the 1990s. The 1930s, era of the Great Depression, saw only a single family marriage at Sacred Heart. Things picked up after World War II with 11 weddings between 1947 and 1959. One wedding each happened in the 1960s and 1970s, then two in the 1980s. The 1990s and 2000s were empty, but Julia and Anthony have the family hoping for a string of more to come.    







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