Shirlene Van den Heuvel, 79, died July 18, 2021 at MercyOne Hospital in Mason City. Mass of Christian Burial was held July 24 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Burial was at Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme.
Shirlene was born in Belmond on June 16, 1942, the sixth child of eleven born to Dale and Alice (McMannus) Busick. Her father was a car mechanic, and her mother stayed home to raise the children.
She attended Belmond High School where her favorite subjects were math and English. She earned extra money detasseling corn, working at her aunt and uncle’s mink farm and babysitting.
Shirlene graduated in 1960 and that same year married Larry Ulrich. The lived in Klemme and had five children: boys Wendell and Richard, and girls Lynetta, Denise and Dawn. To help with the family income, she sold cakes from her home. In 1969 she started working at Winnebago Industries in Forest City, then for Iowa Beef Processors in Mason City as office manager, and then for Iowa Mold Tooling in Garner where she worked in accounting for 23 tears.
In 1983, tragedy struck when son Richard suddenly died from a heart ailment while at Buena Vista College. Then in 1989, Larry passed away.
In 1993, while at Iowa Mold Tooling, she met her present husband, George Van den Heuvel, who was chief engineer until 1995. Then they moved to Michigan City, IN where George accepted a position as liaison engineer for Sullair, a manufacturer of screw compressors. He took many work trips to France, and sometimes Shirlene went with him to France and Belgium. These trips were a lot of fun because George speaks fluent French.
When George retired in 2002, they moved back to Klemme. Shirlene worked for the Garner Chamber of Commerce for four years, then worked at NIPCO for four years, while George was a bus driver for Opportunity Village in Clear Lake for 14 years.
Shirlene loved roller-skating, playing horseshoes and was unbelievably artistic. She was an avid golfer and bowler and was recognized with the Hall of Fame Award. She was active in many groups, including WanTanYe, VFW Auxiliary, KWGA, GWGA to name a few.
In 2010 Shirlene was diagnosed with stage 4 colon and liver cancer, and her health started to deteriorate. In 2019 she had back surgery and lost more of her mobility, which forced her to first give up bowling, then golfing, then activities around the house, but not her enthusiasm for life.
Those who had the privilege of knowing Shirlene remember her as a good-humored, outgoing and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was known for giving hugs and her love of flowers. Shirlene had a love for bling and getting her hair and nails done. She was a beautiful woman and will be dearly missed.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Larry; son Richard; sister Darlene Baker; and brothers Donald and Harold Busick.
Survivors include her husband George; son Wendell (Kim) Ulrich of Klemme; daughters Lynetta Ulrich of Mason City, Denise (Ron) Haberkamp of Garner, and Dawn (Jon) Gamerdinger of Garner; brothers Darwin Busick of Haverhill, MA, Kenny (Carol) Busick of Mason City, and Doug Busick of Britt; sister Rosetta Busick and special friend Jim Peterson of Lake Cornelia, and Ramae Schuver of Belmond; and many grandchildren and great-grand- children, all in Iowa.