Masangu Shabangi passed away on March 13, 2014, at the age of 48.
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He was born on October 28, 1965 in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was the third of 12 children born to Alexandre Masangu Nsenga and Jeannette Masangu Ngoie from the village of Kikose, Malemba-Nkulu.
Masangu was preceded in death by his father, Alexandre Nsenga, and two sisters, Mammie Masangu Ngoie, and Martine Ilunga Kabole. He is survived by: his wife, Lea Cherono Shabangi; two sons, Alexandre, and Timothée; his mother, Jeannette Masangu Ngoie; three brothers, Masangu Phrydo Mwanabute, Richard Ngoie Kishimba, Sammy Masangu Mukala; six sisters, Brigitte Nkulu Yumba, Angelique Kabamba wa Nsenga, Mulongo Kazadi wa Nsenga, Banza Aleshi, Nyembo wa Ngoie, and Nicole Kitwa Masangu.
Masangu completed elementary school at Nuru, Kolwezi and high school at Insititut Kitabataba, Mulungwishi. With the support of Dr. and Mrs. Frazer, Masangu was able to attend Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky. He pursued his post-graduate studies at The University of Toledo. After earning his PhD, Dr. Masangu Shabangi began his teaching career in the field of Chemistry at Ball State University, followed by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois, where he taught for 14 years before his untimely death.
Masangu leaves behind a legacy of being a wonderful father, husband, brother, uncle, mentor, and friend to countless people. Masangu always expressed a genuine interest in others and touched many lives. His warm smile, passion for teaching, tender heart and compassion, and deep love for God left a lasting impression on many. He was an avid traveler who created many fond memories with his family. Besides being an academic, he was also a "handyman" who took on many diverse projects in service to others. His exemplary integrity and faithfulness were demonstrated from a young age, when for example, he oversaw a Methodist bookstore in Kolwezi (LIMEKOL) prior to joining college.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Maryville and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at herrfuneral.com. or sunsethillcemetery.com.
Visitation will be held 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, and 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Maryville, 7110 Route 162, Maryville, Ill.
Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Maryville. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Ill. Arrangements through Sunset Hill Funeral Home, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Herr Funeral Home
501 West Main St.
Collinsville, IL 62234
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2014