Shirley Mendez
December 16, 1937 - July 24, 2016

Shirley Annis Mendez, 78, passed away on Sunday July 24, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM on Friday July 29, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday July 28 and from 9:30-10:30 AM on Friday at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Shirley was born on December 16, 1937 in Gilmore City, IA, the daughter of Melvin and Ruby (Wilson) Stauffer. She grew up in the Gilmore area, graduating from Gilmore High School with the class of 1956.  She then attended UNI for two years. On November 19, 1960 she was united in marriage with Vidal Mendez at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pocahontas, IA.  After they moved to Oelwein, Shirley took a job with the Oelwein Daily Register, where she worked for thirty-one years. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling, working in her garden and cooking; but, most of all spending time with her family. Shirley leaves behind many friends, as well as family members who will dearly miss her.

She is survived by her husband Vidal Mendez of Oelwein; two sons: Tom (Connie) Mendez of Shakopee, MN and Jim (Vickie) Mendez of Oelwein; six grandchildren: Nick, Hannah, Amanda, Zac, Marisa and Madison; three great grandchildren: Ariana, Abram and Ava; her brother Rollo (Lois) Stauffer of Des Moines; two sister-in-laws: Patricia Stauffer and Fran Stauffer; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Patricia Mendez; her brothers: Edward and Dennis Stauffer. 

 

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Terri Fauser Kauten on October 6, 2016 at 10:29 AM said:

Tom,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. You have my deepest condolences. May all the wonderful memories you have of her get you through the rough days ahead!
Terri
Debbie & Shannon Hershey on July 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM said:

So sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She was a super nice lady and I had the pleasure to know her working at the ODR. I'm sure she had touched many lives as she did mine. Prayers to her family.
Suzette (Hurst) Foster on July 29, 2016 at 6:30 AM said:

I am deeply saddened by this. I loved Shirley like part of my family. The only comfort I can take, is she is reunited with Patti.
Due to my surgery on Monday, it breaks my heart that I will not be able to attend the services.
Hugs to the family & to Tibby.....
I miss you all.
Mona & Dom Grasso on July 28, 2016 at 1:26 PM said:

This breaks my heart. Shirley was a very special lady! We shared the same birthday. I can't remember a year that has gone by that we didnt wish each other a happy birthday either on the day or close after. Heaven gained an angel...Love to the Mendez family from the Grasso family..
Craig Angie nield on July 27, 2016 at 8:17 PM said:

She was a sweet person I enjoy working with her when I worked at the oelwein register
DIANNA DOPP BRANDENBURG on July 27, 2016 at 6:48 PM said:

TO ALL OF SHIRLEYS FAMILIES THE DOPP FAMILIES SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AT THIS TIME OF SORROW. SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL THAT KNEW HER SHE WAS A KIND LOVING SOUL THAT WOULD GIVE THE SHIRT OFF HER BACK.
Scott and Sally Ives on July 27, 2016 at 3:22 PM said:

Shirley was such a wonderful person and we enjoyed talking with her and her husband whenever we saw them. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. May God Bless Shirley with Eternal Peace.
Lyle and Fran Recker on July 27, 2016 at 11:04 AM said:

You have our sympathy at this sad time! Shirley was always so friendly. She will be missed. Prayers for you and your family!!
Lyle and Fran Recker
Mary Steve Reeder on July 27, 2016 at 10:23 AM said:

Vidal, Tom, Jim & Families,

We are so sorry to hear of Shirley's death.
She was a very special friend to us. Shirley always had time to say hi and talk. Steve had Tom and Jim in Scouts with wonderful memories. And our kids worked for Shirley at the Register. Wish we could be there to celebrate her life but we are traveling and will not be home in time.
Our prayers are with all of you.

Love, Mary & Steve Reeder & Family
Daryl and Frances Potter on July 27, 2016 at 8:37 AM said:

Our deepest sympathy to the family. Always enjoyed visiting with her whenever we ran into each other. She always left you with a smile. She was a very special person.
Verna deTemmerman on July 26, 2016 at 6:09 PM said:

Joe and families, Shirley was such a sweet person to visit with. I'm happy we had a good visit over a week ago
May god be with you all and you have my sympathy on her passing. .
Charles/Georgia Hutchison on July 26, 2016 at 1:27 PM said:

How sad we feel. We haven't lived in Oelwein for several years but would often visit with Shirley and Videl when we would come back. Patty worked for me at the Hutch Craft Shop when she was in High School and we remember how hard her death was on them, but I feel Shirley and Patty are hand in hand now. May God Bless all of you.

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