A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Portland for Maurice DeRoest who died Aug. 30, 2001 from complications of Rheumatoid arthritis at age 69.
Maurice was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Baker City. He attended St. Francis Academy. He married Blanche Fuller on Nov. 27, 1950. Maurice worked for Safeway stories in Baker City, La Grande, Hermiston, The Dalles and Portland for 39 years until his retirement.
Maurice was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Safeway Employees Union. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Maurice DeRoest, his nephew Billy DeRoest and LeaAnne Roelle.
He is survived by his wife, Blanche, of Portland; two brothers, Jim DeRoest of Baker City and Gary DeRoest of Gold Beach; eight children: Sons, John DeRoest of Cottage Grove, Tony DeRoest of Portland, Thom DeRoest of Snohomish, Wash.; Joseph DeRoest of Murrietta, Calif.; and daughters, Theresa Fahlgren of Portland; Patricia Hornsveld of Fallbrook, Calif., Mary Ferland of Clackamas and Michelle Nes of Canby; extended family members; Mike, Kathy and Nicholas Roelle of Portland; 26 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Francis Center at 6535 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland. Arrangements are under the director of Bateman Carroll Funeral Chapel of Gresham.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 7, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor