Shirley Tonjes
1935 - 2021
Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center
900 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL
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:
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Published by The State Journal-Register from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2021.
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Rick, Gary and Steve- We are so sorry to hear the news about your mom. I wanted to let you know that the Orgill family understands the hole your loss will leave in your daily life and family gatherings. The Tonjes family is now on our prayer list, God bless you and the entire extended family.
Kevin M Orgill
April 21, 2021
Wow, Shirley. What a fantastic woman. She loved life and everyone in it, especially her family members. She was exceedingly kind. I don't remember her ever getting angry. I keep thinking at how much fun and giggling is going on in heaven now that my brother Fred, his wife Anita and my sister Jo Anne are with Shirley. They were all friends in high school and they will be for eternity. I am sorry for your (our) loss, but there are so many good memories to hold on to.
Jackie and Paul Carey
April 20, 2021
Shirley was a fantastic friend, and likewise to anyone that knew her well. I am glad that we kept in touch after she moved from
Academy North, here in Albuquerque. We have all missed her!
What a lady!
Blessings and Prayers to all her family..
Nancy Mead
Nancy Mead
April 19, 2021
May God be with your family during this grieving of your loved one. What a wonderful lady that was part of our FitClub Aqua aerobics class. I so enjoyed her beautiful smile and positive outlook. Shirley will be greatly missed
Cheryl Wubker
April 19, 2021
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
Earnie Ray
April 19, 2021
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