Shirley Joan Lohnes


June 19, 1937 - February 20, 2019


Shirley Joan Kinyon-Sáenz-Lohnes, 81, passed away on February 20th, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones.

A private family gathering was held in Shirley’s honor in Salt Lake City, Utah. A memorial service will be held at Bittner Funeral Chapel in her hometown of Mitchell, South Dakota on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:30 AM.

Shirley was born June 19, 1937 at Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, South Dakota. She attended school in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1955. While studying Elementary Education at Dakota Wesleyan University she met and married Javier Sáenz. They moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, to complete degrees at the University of Utah and raise two children—Linda Sáenz Magnuson and Joshua Sáenz. After 11 years of teaching in Salt Lake City, she moved to Colorado Springs and taught 5 years at the Air Force Academy Elementary School.  Shirley then returned to Mitchell to teach for 17 years in the school system she grew up in and to care for her mother, Lola Clift.

Shirley was active in various educational associations—NEA, SDEA, MEA, UEA, Delta Cappa Gamma, PEO, and numerous committees throughout her career. She taught piano, did needlework (especially quilting), read, and journaled. She travelled abroad with Pebbles, her traveling bear, Switzerland being her favorite place.

Shirley had a great capacity for nurturing and maintaining relationships. She kept in touch with her many friends from all walks of life, students, and even pen pals.  She also had a great love of animals and enjoyed pet-sitting.

She is survived by her children: Linda Magunson (Alan) and Joshua Sáenz (Stacey); and nine grandchildren: Nikki, Sarah, Mikey, Caitlin, Anthony, Lauren, Thomas, Hallie, and John. Preceded in death by her parents; three siblings: Dan Kinyon, Muriel Small, Claudette Green; uncle Tom Long; and nephew Ron Biegent.



None Scheduled


Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Janese & Bill Montgomery on April 5, 2019
Janese is a third cousin of Shirley, and a long time friend
Posted by Howard Flisrand on April 4, 2019
I had the pleasure of teaching 4th grade right next door to Shirley's classroom for many years. There are so many memories that I have of her...all of them wonderful. But I especially admired and enjoyed her gentleness and kind heart, and the love she had for animals. God bless you.
Posted by kay and dick bailey on April 1, 2019
our sympathy to all the family upon the loss of one so dear to each of you..
shirley has been a friend back to the 9th grade and brother danny a classmate and friend as
well.. what a humerus fellow!! many memories with them both to carry with us.
mother lola a great lady too.........
Posted by Chelsea Dagen on March 18, 2019
I just recently ran into Shirley at her retirement home in December. She was my teacher about 20 years ago. She, of course, remembered me. We chatted for a short time. She was a wonderful teacher and lady. She will definitely be missed...May you cherish the wonderful memories of Shirley!
Posted by Colleen Tegels DeJong on March 11, 2019
So very Sorry for your loss. Shirley taught all three of my children. Came to graduation party. She was a awesome lady. My prayers to all of the family. Rest in Peace, Shirley
Posted by Priscilla & David Noble on March 1, 2019
She was our beloved, long time friend/sister. We will miss her!
Posted by Wayne Allen on February 28, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley, she was a long time family friend and a great person. Thoughts and prayers to her family!
Posted by Amand Walz Nava on February 28, 2019
Mrs. Lohnes was such an awesome teacher! I loved being in her class and hearing all her stories! Running into her at the store and having her remember your name was such a treat! She will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to you all!
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