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Shirley May Minnick Giannini
September 04, 2013

Shirley May Minnick Giannini, 87, of Mount Vernon, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in the Solon Care Center. There is to be a private family viewing.

An open house was at the Southeast Linn Community Center in Lisbon, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24. Arrangements were with Morgan Funeral Choices, Mount Vernon.

Surviving Shirley are her children, Anthony "Tony" (Janet) of Manchester, Joseph (Cynthia) of Mount Vernon, Margaret "Marnie" Kounkel of Tucson, Ariz., and Ann Giannini of Cedar Rapids; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Donald Minnick of Albany, Ore.

Preceding Shirley in death were her husband, Joseph; her parents; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Minnick.

Shirley was born May 24, 1926, in Mount Vernon to Harold and Evelyn Humphry Minnick. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1944 and married Joseph Giannini from Providence, R.I., on Jan. 5, 1946. Joseph was attending pre-flight training school at Cornell College.

Shirley was a stay-at-home mom until her children were grown. She then started her career as a paraeducator at Mount Vernon's Washington Elementary, where she enhanced and touched the lives of many, many children. Shirley passionately loved children and animals. Her infectious laugh and sense of humor made being in her company a treat. It's been said Shirley never knew a stranger. She had an array of lifelong friends who will miss her very much. Her children and grandchildren will feel a profound void in their lives. She was one-of-a-kind.

Shirley would be honored to have a donation made in her name to an animal shelter or rescue.

The family would like to thank the Iowa City hospice for their wonderful, caring work they did at the end of Shirley's life. Also, the excellent care she received at Solon Care Center.

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