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Michelle L. Paopao

Michelle Limasene Paopao, 42, of Rochester, MN, died Thursday, November 25, 2021 surrounded by her family at her home. Michelle was born June 14, 1979 in St. Louis, MO to Dr. John and Sharon Paopao of Hilo, HI. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1997 and then completed her BA degree in Liberal Studies and Communications from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo in 2002. She went on to live in New York City and Boston where she worked for various companies and made countless friends. In 2006, she received an Associates Degree in Massage Therapy from BCMT in Boulder, CO. Michelle practiced massage and worked as a library technician for many years after in the Denver area. Michelle met Mike Skillern in 2006; they married in 2011 in Hilo, HI. After living in the United Kingdom for two years, their daughter Madeleine was born in 2015. In 2016, the family moved to Rochester, MN. She finished her professional career as a spa attendant and TR tech with the Mayo Clinic. Michelle loved food, wellness, yoga, and mindfulness practices. In all locales, Michelle made stalwart friends. She is survived by her husband, Michael Skillern, daughter, Madeleine Paopao-Skillern both of Rochester; mother, Sharon Paopao, brothers, Anthony Paopao, David Paopao, and Eric Paopao, sister, Christina Chew, all of Hilo, HI; sisters, Theresa Paopao of Boston and Laura Paopao of Denver. She is preceded in death by her father Dr. John Paopao and brother, Matthew Paopao both of Hilo, HI. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 4 at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester. Visitation with the family will be held starting at 9:30 a.m.

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