Shirley Langhorst , age 85, of Howells, Nebraska passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 22, at 10:30 am at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Howells, with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating. Interment will be in the S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery with lunch following at the Howells Catholic Social Hall. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5 until 7 with a Vigil service beginning at 7, all held at the church. Visitation will resume Wednesday morning from 9:30 until 10:30. Memorials can be directed towards the Howells Community Fund, Breast Cancer Research, the Howells American Legion Albin Folda Post #155, or Family Wishes. Shirley’s Mass will be live streamed Wednesday to the funeral home Facebook page: www.facebook.com/svobodafh Svoboda Funeral Home in Schuyler in charge of arrangements.
Shirley was born on January 12, 1936 in Swett, South Dakota to Leonard and Marie (Budin) Shuster. Soon after her birth, the family moved to Schuyler, Nebraska. Shirley attended and graduated from Schuyler High School. After graduating high school, she obtained her “normal” teaching certificate and taught for one year. On August 7, 1957 Shirley married Norbert Langhorst at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Schuyler. The couple farmed for many years south of Howells.
Living out on the farm Shirley always led a busy life raising five children, cooking for the family and always having something fresh out of the oven for a treat. Shirley and Norbert retired from farming in 1994 when they moved into Howells. She also worked various jobs putting ads together for the Howells Journal, working at the Bluebird Nursery in Clarkson, and volunteering with the American Legion Auxiliary and the S.S. Peter and Paul Christian Mothers. In her free time Shirley enjoyed cheering on the Huskers, completing puzzle books, watching game shows, crocheting, relaxing on their patio, and spending countless hours in her garden. Shirley’s family meant everything to her and any time she could spend with her children and grandchildren was time she cherished most.
Shirley is survived by her children: Cindy (Greg) McVicker of Lincoln; Mark (Lisa) Langhorst of Ashland; Diane (Jim) Powell of Delafield, Wisconsin; John Langhorst of Lexington, Kentucky, and Michael (Denise) Langhorst of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Grandchildren: Sarah (Jonathan) Zach of Lincoln, Mitchell (Kimberly) McVicker of Papillion; Alex (Audra) Langhorst of Chickasha, Oklahoma; Jake Powell of Brookfield, Wisconsin; Reed Powell of Shorewood, Wisconsin; Hannah Langhorst (Chris Hall) of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; and Ryan Langhorst (Caroline Rogers) of Madison, Wisconsin; great-grandson Connell McVicker. Brothers-in-law Robert Reiter and Larry (Pat) Langhorst; sister-in-law Mary Langhorst.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert on February 8, 2017; parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Theresa Langhorst; sisters and spouses: Arlene (Jim) Svoboda; Delores (Lee) Horkey; Elaine (Ed) Koliha; Opal (Steve) Navrkal; Nadine (Clifford) Hunteman; Alma (Gerald) Krejci; in-laws Gerhard (LaVina) Langhorst; Robert (Myra) Langhorst, Marlene Reiter; and Dave Langhorst.