Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 24, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Flavia (Mary Flavian) Bauer SNJM

Holy Names Sister Flavia Bauer died Aug. 10. She was 84 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 14 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born March 11, 1920, in Uniontown, Wash. During her secondary school years, she became ill with typhoid for a year, and then continued her education at Holy Names Academy in Spokane. She attended Holy Names College, and entered the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1940, made her vows in 1942 and finished her Bachelor of Music degree in 1945. Her Master of Music degree is from the University of Washington.

Sister Flavia taught music briefly in Portland and Seattle, returned to Spokane to Holy Names Academy for a few years, and then began her 40 years of ministry at Holy Names College, Holy Names College at Fort Wright and Holy Names Music Center. For part of that time, she was Dean of Studies and Head of the Music Department. She was acting President of the College in 1976, but was then chosen as Provincial Superior of the Washington Province, a position she held until 1982. To the end of her life, Sister Flavia would remember the necessity of ending the Sisters’ ministry of education at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names as the most painful decision she had to implement.

After her term as Provincial Superior, she returned to teaching music at Holy Names Music Center.

She retired to Convent of the Holy Names in December of 2002.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224

Steffen Marten “Steve” Skylstad

Steffen “Steve” Skylstad, father of Bishop William Skylstad, died Aug. 17. He was 97 years old.

The funeral Mass was scheduled for the morning of Aug. 24 at Sacred Heart Church, Brewster, Wash. Bishop Skylstad was to preside at the funeral. Burial was to follow at the Brewster Cemetery.

Steve Skylstad was born in the village of Skylstad in Hjorundfjord, Norway. He immigrated to the United States in 1927, and became a citizen of this country in 1934.

He married Reneldes Elizabeth “Rene” Danzl. They operated an apple orchard on the Methow River, where they raised six children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, an infant son, and a daughter, Bertha Jean; and by 12 brothers and sisters. He is survived by a sister, Johanna, of Alesund, Norway, and by 5 children.

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