Shelby L. Langhoff, 55, of Mason City, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at her home. Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday (April 16, 2011) at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, with Rev. Dan Gerrietts of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Upon her wishes she was cremated and there will be no viewing. A gathering of friends and family will be held one hour prior to services on Saturday. Memorials may be directed to the Shelby L. Langhoff memorial fund in care of the family.
Shelby was born August 30, 1955, the daughter of Myron and Dorothy (Ward) Langhoff. She grew up in Mason City with her four siblings. Shelby graduated from Mason City High School in 1973. She married Walter Mensing and they were blessed with four children. Although the two divorced over twenty years ago, they remained close friends and shared in many family gatherings and joyous events over the years.
Shelby was employed at Principal Financial Group in Mason City for nearly seventeen years. Although her work became more physically difficult for her toward the end of her life, she greatly enjoyed her job and especially the company of her co-workers.
Shelby had many friends and loved spending time with her family. She was very proud of her children and was always willing to show-off pictures and stories of her four grandchildren. Shelby enjoyed playing pool, scrapbooking, and sewing. She would often take ideas from her favorite HGTV shows and incorporate them into her own home decorating projects. Shelby was a warm, friendly person who greeted everyone with a smile and a kind word. Her bravery and grace through her illness was inspiring to everyone who knew her. She was a breast cancer survivor for over three and a half years.
Shelby is survived by her children, Cassie (Mensing) and her husband Eric Grube of Columbus, OH, Alison Mensing of Houston, TX, Benjamin Mensing of Lacrosse, WI, and Britney (Mensing) and her husband Reed Bowen of Coralville, IA; four grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon Langhoff of Mason City and Sharlene (Langhoff) and her husband Mike Deardeuff of Rockwell, IA; brother, David Langhoff and his wife Pam of Mason City, Iowa and five nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Myron and Dorothy (Ward) Langhoff; baby sister, Shirley; and grandparents, Clarence Buck and Ruby Ward and Foster and Marjorie Langhoff.