Shelly “Shell” Lair-Langenbau, 44

Shelly “Shell” Lair-Langenbau, 44, of Hanlontown, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, as result of a medical helicopter accident. A memorial mass was held 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Epiphany Parish at Holy Family Church, 714 N. Adams with Rev. Neil Monternach and Rev. Kenneth Gehling concelebrant. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends was held from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Holy Family Catholic Church, with a scriptural wake service at 2 p.m., the family suggested Iowa Hawkeye attire be worn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Shelly “Shell” Lair-Langenbau memorial fund in care of her two daughters.

Shelly Rene Lair was born March 12, 1968 at St. Joseph Hospital in Mason City to Gerald and Karen (Meacham) Lair. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1986 where she was active in swimming and track.

She worked at Walmart while attending NIACC for Practical Nursing. She then worked Emergency Room at Good Shepherd while working towards her Registered Nurse degree. She started at Mercy in the ER and continued her education at University of lowa and received her Bachelor of Science Nuring degree. She worked for Mercy Medical Center North lowa for 15 years.

Shell married Jay Langenbau on Aug. 19, 2005. To this union, two children were born, Liberty and McKenna. As many of her friends can attest, Shelly was an avid shopper. She enjoyed the lowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings. She loved the hot weather and was planning on a cruise in February with friends. She loved to do 5K runs, most recently the Color Run in Des Moines and the Turkey Trot and the Polar Plunge, both in Clear Lake.

Shell loved the Northwestern Steakhouse. She loved her concerts, Taylor Swift, Lori Line and most recently The Fresh Beat Band. She also was a avid collector of Wizard of Oz memorabilia. Her passion was helping people; she was an adrenaline junkie and loved working in the ER and especially being a Mercy Air Med Flight Nurse. When she wasn’t working she was with her pride and joy, Liberty and McKenna. She really enjoyed the summer when you could find her at the pool with the girls or in the front or back yard kicking back with a cold one, her husband, good friends and watching the kids play.

Shelly is survived by her husband, Jay; daughters, Liberty and McKenna; step-sons Nicholas and Jacob; her parents, Gerald and Karen Lair; siblings: Sherri (Kent) Ruby, of Mason City, Mike Lair, of Grimes, Matt (Lynae) Lair, of Grand Forks Air Force Base, Carrie Lair, of Des Moines; aunts and uncles: Kenneth Meacham, of Plymouth, Sandy (Jim) Hyde, of Northwood, Tiny Lair (Doug Williams), of Lake St. Croix, Minn.; father-in-law, Harv (Sharon) Langenbau, of Garwin; sisters-in-law: Shannon (Bryan) Smith, of Garwin, Mary Vesely, of Waterloo; nieces and nephews: Danielle and Taylor Ruby; Steven, Kason, and Braelyn Lair; Rylee Robertson, Brian and Bryson Kriegel; Caleb and Ali Vesley; many friends, co-workers and patients who lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Forrest and Mildred Lair and Abraham and Florence Meacham and her mother-in-law Renee Langenbau.

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