Obituary: Giannou, Charlene Jean “Charly”
GIANNOU, Charlene Jean “Charly” (Age 77) Charlene went to meet the Lord on February 20, 2014 in Spokane, WA. She was born on September 2, 1936 in Grand Coulee, WA., to Clayton Chester Lindburgh and Elizabeth (Forsyth) Lindbergh. Charlene’s mother passed away at an early age. The four sisters were then split up. Charlene and sister Isobel were sent to Merritt, B.C. to live with their Aunt Hanna and Uncle Walter Forsyth. The two remaining sisters Joan and Judy were raised in Grand Coulee by their Dad. Charlene graduated with honors from Merritt High School. She returned to the states and settled in Spokane, where she married and had one son named Mike. She met and fell in love with William L. Giannou of Spokane. They were married on August 20, 1983. Charlene worked at several jobs during her lifetime ranging from a summer job as a shepherd on a sheep ranch to a secretary at the RCMP office in Merritt, B.C., a medical transcriptionist at the VA Hospital in Spokane, a Spokane realtor and a landscaper. She loved taking a weed infested yard and turning it into a thing of beauty. Charlene had a heart as big as all outdoors and would give the shirt off her back for a friend in need. She loved doting on her grandson Alex. Charlene is survived by her husband, William L. Giannou; son, Mike (Jodi) Hollenbeck; grandson, Alex Hollenbeck; and granddaughter; Nikki; sister, Isobel (Maurice) Mathieu, and their children: Brad Mathieu and Bernadette Nyeste of Merritt, B.C; and sister, Judy Lindburgh. She is preceded in death by her parents; Aunt Hanna and Uncle Walter Forsyth; and sister Joan. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Heritage Funeral Home. Charlene had a deep fondness for our four-legged friends. If you choose to make a contribution, please make it to her favorite organization The Spokane Human Society, P.O. Box 6247, Spokane, WA 99217.