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1919 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Irene Rinne Johnston, 94, of Shawnee, Kan., passed away March 14, 2014. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at the First Baptist Church of Shawnee. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. also at the church. Burial will be in Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens. Irene was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Mayview, Mo., to John E. and Clara Stratman Rinne. She graduated from Mayview High School in 1936. She then attended Warrensburg Teachers College, graduating in 1938. Irene taught grades 1-8 in a one-room school house for one year in Wheatly, Mo., before moving to Kansas City in 1940. She worked at the Phillips Hotel in KCMO, Russell Stover Candies, and H. D. Lee Company where she met her husband, Hillis E. Johnston. They were married June 30, 1945. She worked at several jobs throughout her lifetime but thought of her primary purpose in life as serving her Lord, and His Church, in whatever way presented itself to her each day. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, by two sisters, Lucille Fiegenbaum and Mary Ayler, and two brothers, Delmar Rinne and Melvin Rinne. Irene is survived by children, John F. Johnston (Dede), David B. Johnston (I.C.), Rebecca J. Stanchik, and Rick S. Johnston (Pam), grandchildren, Brian Johnston (Kristin), Matt Rippee (Jennifer), Zachary Johnston (Maggie), Lauren Worden (Jeremy), Caroline Johnston Polisi (Ryan), and Emily Stanchik (Chris), and great-grandchildren, Cameron, Jackson, Connor, Olivia, Bennett, Adeline, McKinley, Molly, and William. Donations may be made in memory of Irene to The First Baptist Church of Shawnee or to Aberdeen Village (Good Samaritan program). Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com The Amos Family Funeral Home, Crematory, Chapels. 913-631-5566 amosfamily.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 16, 2014
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