Shirley Tonjes 1935 - 2021
Springfield, IL—Shirley Tonjes, 85, died on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at her Springfield, IL home with family at her side.
Shirley was born July 21, 1935, in Springfield, to John A. and Melba (Engel) Frederick. She was a 1953 graduate of Springfield High School. Shirley and her young family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1962, where she lived for 50 years, returning to and living in Springfield from 2013 until her passing.
Selfless and kind, Shirley was a dedicated volunteer her entire life. She always had a warm smile and an easy laugh. Her family has never known anyone who had more friends. Loving, creative, fun, and funny, Shirley was fiercely loyal and will be enormously missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her three sons; three sisters; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one step-great-granddaughter; two nieces; two step-daughters; and many cousins.
Cremation will be provided by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.
Memorial Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. (Central) on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Butler Funeral Home—Springfield, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield with Celebrant Judy Woerner officiating. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be limited capacity. For those wishing to view the ceremony live stream, you may do so by visiting: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/27581906
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Published by The State Journal-Register from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2021.