Shirley Jean Bienerth
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1947 ~ 2017

Shirley Jean Bienerth passed away December 29th, 2017 at the age of 70. She grew up in Poland, Ohio where she attended school before going to college at Kent State. Shirley graduated in 1969 and married Ted Bienerth in 1970. They moved from Ohio to Sydney, Australia with their young son and lived there for two years, where she had her daughter. They moved back to the states and lived in Florida for 5 years where her second son was born. Shirley moved from Florida to Alaska for one year before heading south on the Alcan Highway to live in Kennewick, WA. While busy raising three kids, she achieved her Master's Degree in Education and became an elementary school teacher. She lived in Kennewick for almost 30 years before moving to Vancouver, WA, where she retired in 2012 after 30 years of teaching.
Shirley was the daughter of Ruth and Don of Poland, Ohio, and the loving sister to Ronnie and Dick. She was a doting mother to her three children, Bret (Macy), Jodie (Todd), and Mark, attending endless soccer games and always providing support and a loving ear. She cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren, Shelby, Street, and Riley, who were the light of her life. She was a staple at sporting events, dance recitals, rowing regattas, and any other event and milestone in their lives.
She made friends with everyone she met and was famous for her cookies. She loved being outside working in her yard, camping trips to the mountains, and doing her word searches.
There will be no service.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 7, 2018.
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January 10, 2018
Lots of special racing memories and especially our week trip in Puget Sound on the tall sail ship.
Linda Blackburn
January 9, 2018
What a delightful women. I will miss seeing her walk through the door of my store. Love you Shirley.
Brent Owens
January 8, 2018
To schoolmate and friend my sympathy to you all.
Dave Shandor
January 8, 2018
What a wonderful person, so glad to have had the opportunity spending so much time with her at our 50th reunion. I fill so blessed to have known her for most of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this trying time. RIP dear friend.
Betty (Horvath) Thompson
January 8, 2018
Shirley was a dear sweet friend. I'm so glad she was able to come to our S.L.H.S. 50th class reunion. It was so nice to chat with her and catch up on each others' lives. She touched so many lives and will be sadly missed. I pray God will give her family strength and comfort at this time.
Linda Alcorn West
January 7, 2018
Good bye Shirley I'll see you later. Love You Helen
Helen Schaefer Lownes
January 7, 2018
Shirley was a dear friend of mine ever since we were in the fourth grade. I loved her very much and will miss her tremendously. Shirley loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart and was very proud of each of you. I send my deepest sympathy to all you all. May God bless each of you and be there to help you through this trying time. Macy, thank you everything.
Helen Schaefer Lownes
January 7, 2018
My dearest friend and client, I was so shocked to hear of your passing! Your friendship and patronage will be missed. God needed you more than me. I will see you on the other side dear friend. You now have heavenly skin!!!!❤❤
Judy McIntyre
January 7, 2018
To a schoolmate who was also a family friend,to her family, she was loved and well thought of by all who knew her
robert fry
January 7, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's death. I enjoyed teaching with her for several years. I know how she loved her family and what joy and love she felt for her grandchildren! She touched many lives and she will be missed.
Patty Bergren
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