Diane ‘Deni’ Skavdahl, 69, died Friday, Oct. 18 of pneumonia, surrounded by her daughter Christy, and dear friends Sissy Stroud, Trudi Erickson, Bea Espinoza, and Gaye and Katie Steeley.
She was born in Bismark, ND and raised in Huron, SD. She was a resident of Oakdale for 46 years.
Mrs. Skavdahl was a legal secretary for attorneys Moorad and Clark of Modesto for 20 years.
She enjoyed riding horses before her stroke in 1999, and found much comfort in her dogs, cats, birds, fish and roses since her stroke. She also enjoyed studying the Bible and was comforted by the hope of a resurrection.
She is survived by her daughter, Christy (Hondo) Arpoika; brother, John (Brenda) Powell; stepdaughters, Britta Skavdahl, Grace Skavdahl; stepson, Jim Skavdahl; granddaughter, Laven Meyer; twin grandsons, Miko and Hondo Arpoika; step-grandsons, Jack Zwald, Nick Skavdahl; and nephews, Colin and Nick Powell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Skavdahl; and parents, John and Margaret ‘Peg’ Powell.
Remembrances may be made to the Humane Society.