In Memory of

Shirley Mae Johnstone

February 17, 1925 - July 30, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Shirley Mae Johnstone

Shirley Mae Johnstone

Born: February 17, 1925
Died: July 30, 2021
Age: 96

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Shirley Mae Johnstone, the daughter of  Alfred N. and Leona M. (Mason) Jensen, was born February 17, 1925 in Britt, IA.  Her childhood years were spent in Lake Park, IA, where she received her education graduating from Lake Park High School.  She later continued her education at a College of Business in Minneapolis, MN.

     Shirley married Robert Johnstone on May 29, 1949 in Lake Park, IA.  Following their marriage, they lived in Minneapolis, MN and Pelican Rapids, MN, until moving to Spencer, IA, where Shirley and Bob owned and operated Hobbi-Crafts in Spencer for 12 years, until retiring in 1981.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Spencer where she was active in the Women’s Fellowship Group.  Shirley was known as the “Queen of the Pot Holders” for her expertise in making them.  She was also active with her children, serving as a Girl Scout Leader when Janice was a little girl.

     She passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, IA on Friday, July 30, 2021 at the age of 96.  Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; a son, Tom Johnstone and a son-in-law, Bradley Howe.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Janice and her husband, Ronald Cuperus of Walker, MN; two sons: Fred (Nina) Johnstone of Fredericksburg, VA and Andrew Johnstone of Sioux Falls, SD; a grandson, Erick (Julie) Youde of Charlotte, NC; a granddaughter, Katie (Jeff) Bohnenkamp of Sioux Falls, SD; 3 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Private Family Services will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021 at Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Rev. Deb Mechler
Fred Johnstone
Andrew Johnstone
Ronald Cuperus
Erick Youde
Jeff Bohnenkamp, Sr.
Jeff Bohnenkamp, Jr.
"Amazing Grace"
"God Will Take Care Of You"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, August 6, 2021 at 4:00 PM
“My love goes out to Shirleys family! I worked for Shirley and Bob at their Hobby craft store and enjoyed meeting the whole family. She was born on the same day I was so we had a few birthdays together. She was a special lady and I will never forget her! My condolences to the family and may God Bless you all.”
- Jo Runkle
Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7:29 AM
“Janice and family, my many thoughts and prayers. Your mom was so sweet! I remember her from the hobby shop years ago!!”
- Karen Hartzell
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 2:22 PM
“Jan and family,
Shirley was a wonderful part of First Congregational Church. I’m so happy to have known her. God bless you and your family with comfort and peace.”
- Shelly Robison
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 8:30 AM
“Hi sorry to hear about Shirley. What a nice and gentle lady. Raised a great family, too.”
- Bill and Sally Phelps
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11:23 PM
“Janice and family,
I loved visiting with your Mom each time she came to the salon. I loved her adventurous tails of camping and her smiles when she talked about your Dad. My deepest sympathies. ”
- Laurie Pearson
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11:23 PM
“My mom always spoke fondly of Shirley when they both lived at Riverview - she enjoyed their visits so. Now may sweet memories bring you comfort, God's love fill you with peace. Thinking of you, knowing it is never easy. With deep sympathy, Carol Albers' Daughter”
- Marcia Albers Steffen
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11:23 PM
“Janice & Family, So very sorry for your loss. Shirley lived a good long life but it's never easy. Hold tight to your good memories!”
- Hallett, Mark D & Susanne
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:13 PM
“Dear Fred, Janice and Andy, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, but she lived such a long and good life we are all left with those cherished memories. My Aunt Shirley was fun, always happy and cheerful an.d such a wonderful sister to my mother. It brings a smile to my face to think of her over the years, but of course especially when I was young and she was an important and loving Aunt. I also remember her as a very good mother to all her children, and especially Tommy. ”
- Marie Yager Kireker
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Janice I'm so sorry about your mom. Katie Howe mentioned at church yesterday. A few weeks ago Pastor Casey Vanderbent (Transitional Pastor at Congregational Church) and I went to visit members at St Luke's. Had a wonderful visit with your mom . You mom and my mom were best of friends. Memories mean so much Condolences to the family. ”
- John Zinn
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Janice and family,
Sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with you. Your Mom was a gem and our family holds many fond memories of her.”
- Cynthia Swanson
Monday, August 2, 2021 at 2:27 PM
“I’m so sorry Janice and Family. It’s very hard losing a parent. She lived a good long time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Robin Noel
Monday, August 2, 2021 at 12:09 PM
“Janis and family, We are so sorry for your mother passed away and will hold you in our prayers. I always enjoyed visiting with your mom when I saw her. She will be missed by all who were blessed to have met her. Cherish the memories and know you will see her again in heaven one day! Carl and Laura
- Carl and Laura Carlentini
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