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 April 12, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Michael Skylstad

Michael “Mike” Skylstad, brother of Bishop William Skylstad, died March 14 in Sun City, Ariz., after a long struggle with congestive heart disease. He was 68 years old.

The rosary was prayed April 3 at Our Lady of the Valley Church, Oka-nogan. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day.

Mike was the third child born to Steven and Reneldis Skylstad. He was raised on the Methow River and graduated from Pateros High School in 1956.

He attended St. Martin College, Olympia, and Washington State University, and graduated from WSU with a degree in horticulture.

He served in the U.S. Army before beginning his career as a horticultural consultant. He also taught agriculture at Wenatchee Valley College, hosted a weekly horticulture radio program, conducted educational seminars, and in 1997 retired to operate his own orchard full-time.

For many years he served on the boards, and was past president, of both the Okanogan County Fieldmen’s Association and Washington State Horticultural Association.

In 2005 he was part of the clinical trial for a mechanical heart assist device, the first in Spokane.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria, his beloved Kriket; a stepson, Matt Watson; daughters Teresa and Michelle; sons Michael and Scott; brothers, Ron, Steve, and Bishop William Skylstad; sister, Olene Konkel; grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by an infant brother, mother, step-daughter, sister and father.

Memorials may be made to Spokane Medical Center, P.O. Box 2555, Spokane, WA 99220, or American Hospice Foundation, Attn: Connie Frisbee, 2222 W. Northern Ave, Ste A100, Phoenix, AZ 85021.

Jeannie Toulou

Barbara “Jeannie” (Gendron) Toulou, wife of Deacon Alvin Toulou, died at home April 5 in Inchelium. She was 71 years old.

The vigil rosary was prayed April 9; the funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Both took place at the Inchelium Community Center in Inchelium. She was buried in Hall Creek Cemetery.

She was born in Inchelium and was a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Arrow Lakes Band. She graduated from Inchelium High School and married Alvin Toulou in 1953.

After working a variety of jobs in Eastern Washington, they returned to Inchelium in 1981.

She and her husband were very active in the Cursillo Movement and in the Kateri Northwest Conference. She also served her community as a member of the Inchelium Community Health Board.

Besides her husband, Deacon Alvin, she is survived by five daughters: Jeanne Marie Pachosa (Jack), Melanie Ann Van der Veen (Rouke), Sandra Lane Breidenbach (Dann), Alvina Joan Warren (Patrick), and Dina Nomee (Milton). She was preceded in death by all of her brothers and sisters, her eldest grandson, and three great-grandchildren.

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