St. Francis DeSales Cathedral

In Memory of

In this link, I will share some photos and reflections on loved ones who enter eternal life, either parishioners or family members

Remembering Mabry Anders

An Oregon soldier was killed Monday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

Spc. Mabry J. Anders, 21, of Baker City died of injuries he suffered from enemy fire in Kalagush. NATO said Anders was shot and killed by an Afghan soldier. An Afghan military spokesman said it was accidental. It wasn't immediately clear if that was the shooting that killed Anders. Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell, 25, of Windsor, Colo. was also killed by gunfire. Both soldiers were assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, part of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division.

They were awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously.

Anders was on his first deployment. He was due to return home in about four months.
He is the son of Troy and Genny Woydziak and grandson of Greg and Ellie Woydziak.

His funeral will at St Francis de Sales Cathedral on Wednesday September 5, 2012 at 10 AM, followed by burial at the Haines cemetery.


My brother Paul

Dec 27, 1955 - Dec 8, 2010

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Unexpectedly, my younger brother Paul died on December 8th, 2010. Our family had barely recovered from losing our mother 8 months earlier, and suddenly, my brother died of a heart attack in his home at St Julian's, Malta.

He was 54 years old, married to Kay, with no children. We grew up together, played together, served many Masses as altar-servers, even going to the Vatican to serve. He was happily married in 1996 and has been teaching English to foreign students over the past decade.

Below are some photos in memory of Paul, with me and my brother Marcel, with his wife Kay and with his nephews Julian and Peter......


If you want to read the homily I gave at my brother's funeral, as well as the homilies at my parent's funerals, besides other family photos, please go to:

                Remembering Mary Cassar,

               Father Julian's mother

                who died in her home

              in St Julian's, Malta.


                                                                       April 26, 1929 - April 25, 2010

Obituary as it appeared in the Times of Malta April 26 and 27, 2010

CASSAR. On April 25, 2010, one day short of her 81st birthday, at her residence in St Julians, MARY, née Scicluna, passed away peacefully, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her children Josephine, Rosemarie Garzia, widow of Carmelo, Fr Julian of Oregon, USA, Paul and his wife Kay, Marcel and his wife Maria, her two grandsons Julian and Peter, her brothers and sister, Anthony P., Charles and his wife Doris, Maggie and her husband Iain Richmond, Marcel and his wife Julie, and Josephine, widow of her late brother Joseph, her sister-in-law Concetta Micallef, many relatives and friends. The funeral leaves Mater Dei Hospital tomorrow at 8.45 a.m. for St Julians parish church, where Mass praesente cadavere will be celebrated at 9.15 a.m. followed by interment in the family grave at Santa Maria Addolortata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to the Monastery of the Poor Clares, St Julians and the Hospice Movement, will be greatly appreciated. Lord grant her eternal rest for a life of devotion and dedication to her family.

My father John died on January 4, 2002.

Here are some photos of my mother and father over the years......


                1985                                1988                                       1990


           1998                                2006                                               2006

Remembering Jessica Ellis

Jessica Ellis was born on June 26, 1983 in Burley, Idaho, daughter of Steve and Linda Ellis. Jessica graduated from Lakeview High School in 2002 and then joined the US Army in 2004. She was working as a combat medic in Iraq when she was killed on Mother's Day, May 11, 2008. Her funeral was held here in the Cathedral on May 22, with Bishop Thomas Connolly, Bishop Emeritus of Baker Diocese officiating.

Cpl Jessica Ellis was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on June 17, 2008. Graveside services were attended by her immediate family, some close friends from when the Ellis's lived in Fairfax, Virginia; representatives from the 101st Airborne Division; the 3rd Infantry Division Honor Guard from Fort Meyer, Virginia, and a Catholic Chaplain, also from Fort Meyer.

The Ellis family thanks you for the outpouring of caring, sympathy and support that was extended to them following Jessica's death in Iraq. Please accept the family's sincere thanks and gratitude for all those comforting acts.

Hereunder are photos from the Funeral Mass held on May 22, 2008 at the Cathedral, and ceremonies that followed afterwards.

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And here is the latest photo of Jessica's tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC . . . .

On November 11, Veteran's Day, this monument in Salem, OR was inscribed with Jessica's name. Hereunder are more pictures from this event:

The Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial

Jessica's tombstone on Christmas


In February 2009, a special Memorial was done in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, in honor of Jessica and her companions who were killed in Iraq. These pictures show the memorial and a bench with her name inscribed in her honor.


Mary Margaret Hansen


With sadness we announce the death of Mary Margaret Hansen, Pastoral Associate and Liturgical Coordinator, as well as Altar Society Coordinator for many years. Mary Margaret died on Saturday December 28, 2007 at her home in Baker City. She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck who died in 2001, as well as by a son Doug. She is survived by her daughter Mary Jo, grand-children, her brother Joe, in-laws and many friends parishioners of St Francis De Sales.

A Rosary service was held on January 3 at 7 PM in the Cathedral of St Francis De Sales in Baker City. The Funeral Mass was held in the same place on Friday January 4, 2008 at 11 AM with a packed church in attendance, followed by an inurnment in a snowy Mt Hope Cemetery in Baker City. A luncheon organized by her friends of the Altar Society was held in the parish hall afterwards.

May God give her eternal rest in her new heavenly home.

Remembering Mayce Collard

(November 23, 1990 - February 4 2007)

An angel from our midst is gone - but never forgotten.

She has touched everyone's life, and we will never be the same!

Let us keep the memory and the beauty of Mayce alive.

The Collard family and the entire parish thanks all those who attended her huge funeral, and for everyone's support during this tragic time.





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