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Remembering Mrs. K – A Tribute to Janie Kuhnmuench

Longtime Loyola High School employee Janie Salvaty Kuhnmuench passed away on December 30, 2020 of natural causes at her beloved downtown Los Angeles home. She was 71.

With her gift of endless energy and the ability to make all who were lucky enough to know her feel special, Janie lived a full life as an Olympic trained ice skater, financial services representative, devoted mother and dedicated employee of Loyola High School. For almost two decades, she worked in Administration, Advancement and Campus Ministry in Loyola Hall and Ruppert Hall, welcoming all that came to our campus.

She will be remembered as a favorite sister, aunt, Loyola Cub and Green Bay Packer fan as well as for her infamous shoe collection. You knew exactly when she was coming around the corner with her signature high heels echoing down the hall. Most importantly, she was a sought-after, enthusiastic regular at school, alumni and Parent Club events and often volunteered her time as a retreat leader and Senior Service Project group facilitator.

That is a wonderful legacy, but perhaps what she’ll be remembered for most, is the unconditional love she had for Loyola and all the people she came across. Full Obituary


Click to view a photo album of Janie’s career at Loyola and read some of the messages left by faculty and staff members during a virtual memorial service held last month:

“Where can one start about Janie? For many years, she was the first one I would see every morning in Ruppert Hall. She always had a smile on her face and a cheery thing to say. We had so many deep conversations that I will never forget! We love you Janie and miss you terribly! Get ready for the biggest party heaven has ever known!”

“Janie genuinely celebrated others and made you feel seen, heard, and above all, LOVED!”

“Whenever she spoke with me, she made me feel like I was the most important person she could be talking to. Janie was a light which will burn bright in our memories.”

“From the moment I set foot on campus, Janie was a bright, loving spirit that I instantly connected with. I would stop by her office often and we would talk for hours. Everything from deep conversations about life and love, to our mutual love for the Packers… Janie will always have a special place in my heart.”

“She was sooo excited about her grandbaby. I remember talking about whether she was going to be a Grammy, Mimi, Grandma, among others. She had an even bigger smile on her face somehow. I’m not sure how it’s possible, but she did.”

“She would light up a room with her smile and ebullient energy. She always made you feel like you were the most important person in her life, and she made everyone feel like that, which is rare beyond belief. You were an absolute treasure Janie, and your presence will be missed by us all. We love you forever.”

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