Marion Augusta (Gangelhoff) Sheldon, the daughter of Jacob Henry Gangelhoff and Helene Rose Gangelhoff, was born at Cass Lake, Minnesota, on January 1, 1924, and passed away at Community Hospital-Fairfax in Fairfax, Missouri, on January 27, 2019, at the age of 95. As a child, Marion’s family moved to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, where she graduated from high school. After graduation, Marion moved to Washington, D.C. with several of her sisters, where she worked for the Navy Department and met Kenneth W. Sheldon. After several years in Washington, D.C., Marion returned to East Grand Forks where she and Kenneth married on September 9, 1950, at the First Lutheran Church. After Kenneth was discharged from the Army they made their home in Shawnee, Kansas, where Marion was a homemaker and mother of two sons and four daughters. In 1966 they moved their family to Shenandoah Iowa, where they lived many years. In November of 2013 Marion moved into her daughter’s home in Fairfax, Missouri, and in June of 2014 she moved to Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, Missouri, where she resided until her death.
Marion was active at Trinity Lutheran Church in many ministries, including Porter’s Lake Lutheran Center. She sang in the church choir until she was unable, due to health issues. She enjoyed helping with Vacation Bible School and was very active with children’s ministry well into her later years. She also served as the church secretary for many, many years. She enjoyed bowling, acting as a junior bowling coach for many years and bowled on a league until she was close to 80 years old. She volunteered at the local food pantry and helped with many service projects and fund raisers for people in need and with many AAL activities.
Preceding Marion in death were her parents; her husband, Kenneth; a daughter, Denise Sheldon; grandson, John Wik; sisters, Helen Gangelhoff, Pearl Hultgren, Gertrude Antonicci, and Irene Knotts; and brother, Vernon Gangelhoff.
She is survived by children, Mark Sheldon and wife Marlene of Sedalia, Missouri, Teresa Wik and husband Denis of San Jose, California, Deanna Beck and husband Greg of Fairfax, Missouri, Kirby Sheldon and wife Staci of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Stephanie Jones and husband Kevin of Gilbert, Arizona; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Betty Ford of Mt. Morris, Illinois, Lorraine Rice of Arvada, Colorado, Dorothea VanLoo of Arvada, Colorado, and Myrtle Filipi of Arvada, Colorado; brothers, Gordon Gangelhoff of The Villages, Florida, and Rodger Gangelhoff, Mt. Morris, Illinois; along with many other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 31, 2019, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Wade Brandt officiating. Burial followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Porter’s Lake Lutheran Center.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.