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“I grew up with Lauri in Sibley and we have been in contact and shared many special times throughout our lives. We went off to college together and...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Debby Hall - Chico, CA - Friend

“Besides modeling and teaching superlative and vigilant patient care for our UIHC patients, she and I shared an anesthesia department office and also...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Jeanette Harrington - Iowa City, IA

“Lauri was first my attending when I was a resident and fellow. She had become a colleague, friend, mentor, and much more. She was always willing to...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Katherine Keech - Coralville, IA

“I was so saddened to hear that Lauri had passed away. I attended pharmacy school with Lauri at South Dakota State University and while we weren't...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Randy Armbruster - Sleepy Eye, MN

“My heart breaks for your loss. Know that we are thinking of you and that Lauri will be missed greatly! She was a great colleague. ”
5 of 39 | Posted by: Ann Smith - Iowa City, IA

“My memory of Lauri, is her cheerfulness and always willing to listen. I remember the many times I walked into her office to chat (her door was always...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Unyime Ituk - Iowa City, IA

“I am very sorry to hear that Lauri has passed. I will always be grateful to her, for helping prepare me for a career in anesthesia and a life helping...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: John Wallace-Talifarro - MI

“I will remember Lauri as a ceaselessly cheerful, upbeat colleague who was always willing to take the time to answer my clinical questions about the...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Kirke Rogers - Iowa City, IA

“Lauri and I roomed together on Woolf Avenue for four years during her residency and fellowship. I enjoyed getting to know her. She was fun to be...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Lori Price - North Liberty, IA

“Sorry to hear about Lauri's passing. Lauri helped me get through Pharmacy School- I always got her notes from certain classes. I remember a lot of...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: Markk Dady - Mobridgte, SD

“Remembering all the good times we have shared with Lauri and her family. Our prayers are with all of you ”
11 of 39 | Posted by: Irv & Judy Block - Ashton, IA

“I worked with Lauri during my residency and she was fiery and fun to work with. I'm so sorry to hear she is gone. Too soon. ”
12 of 39 | Posted by: Kira Fraser - Colorado Springs, CO

“I fondly remember working with Laurie while I was a medical student and resident at Iowa from 1999-2004. We had the opportunity to reconnect at the...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: Jeff Anderegg - Rice Lake, WI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Laurie's family. ”
14 of 39 | Posted by: Dave & Kathy Brown - Hayward, WI

“Our deepest sympathy to the family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you in the days ahead. ”
15 of 39 | Posted by: Steve & Connie Schwarzkopf - IA

“Lauri was a wonderful colleague who cared about children and believed in providing the best care possible. I had the pleasure of working with her on...Read More »
16 of 39 | Posted by: Sameer Kamath MD - Durham, NC

“You were always such a keen and enthusiastic anesthesiologist, a respected teacher and a great supportive co-worker. I'm sorry to hear of your...Read More »
17 of 39 | Posted by: Karen Wong & Jim Shutt - Seattle, WA

“Lauri was a wonderful colleague. She was sincerely interested in patient safety and quality care. She and I worked more closely this fall on...Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Clark J. Obr M.D. - Coralvlle, IA

“I knew Lauri as a medical student, a resident and a valued colleague. She was a skilled anesthesiologist and uncompromising in the care she provided...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Bob Forbes - Iowa City, IA

“I worked with Lauri in the MOR and in ASC and was saddened to recently hear of her passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. ”
20 of 39 | Posted by: Nancy Vincent - IA

“I send my sincere condolences during this very difficult time. May you all find comfort from the words found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14. ”
21 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Lauri and I were among the few classmates in medical school who lived on the east side of the Iowa River in Iowa City. We spent hours walking back...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Cathy Swanson - Iowa City, IA

“This is terribly sad news. My sincerest condolences to Kirk and all of Lauri's family. ”
23 of 39 | Posted by: Sean Flack - Seattle, WA

“So sorry for your loss...worked with Lauri in ASC. Had no idea that she had been ill. Prayers and thought are with you and your family! She was a...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: Janice Barnes - Riverside, IA

“Dr. Helmers took such good care of the children see saw, when I recovered them in the clinic, I knew they had been in the best of hands. I enjoyed...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: Sharon Olson-Comer - Lone Tree, IA

“Laurie was one of my senior residents at the University of Iowa. She was a great teacher and physician. ”
26 of 39 | Posted by: Sally Fortner - Albuquerque, NM

“I was a friend and coworker of Lauri's in Seattle and treasured our times outside the operating room together. We had great fun exploring new...Read More »
27 of 39 | Posted by: Nicole Pelly - Seattle, WA

“Laurie and I went to medical school together. I lost track of her but saw her again last summer when she helped with the anesthesia for my grandson...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: Adelaide Gurwell - Iowa City, IA

“I worked with Lauri for several years in Seattle. She was an excellent pediatric anesthesiologist and I valued her greatly as a colleague. Only a...Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Sally Rampersad - Seattle, WA

“Lauri and I were classmates and graduated together in Sibley, Iowa. I remember her as being sweet, smiling and very bright. Several of us were lucky...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: Robbi Moody Stevens - Hampton, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of Lauri's death. There is so much I appreciated about her. She was always so very real. Our conversations were deep and...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Johanna Longacre - Seattle, WA

“I was sad to hear Dr. Helmers' passing. She helped us in the endoscopy room with children's procedures. She always had a great sense of...Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Aliye Uc - Coralville, IA

“My condolences to Lauri's family. She was one of the first people I met in residency and she represented Iowa well in welcoming me from Colorado. I...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Bob Hada - West Des Moines, IA

“Cathy and I have many fond memories from medical school, department gatherings, and other times we got together outside of work. I will miss our...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: Dave Swanson - Iowa Ctiy, IA

“Lauri and I were classmates in medical school. We had fun and good times back then, and I enjoyed working with her in subsequent years when she was...Read More »
35 of 39 | Posted by: Chris Cooper - Iowa City, IA

“So very sorry to hear about Lauri's passing. She was a wonderful, caring colleague in Seattle. May she rest in peace. ”
36 of 39 | Posted by: Denise Joffe - Seattle, WA

“I knew Lauri as a co- worker for many years. She was always very nice to me and will be missed by many at the hospital. May the great memories...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Chris Mentz - Iowa City, IA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Helmers family. I'm sorry for your loss. ”
38 of 39 | Posted by: Mike Anderson - North Liberty, IA

“When I moved to Seattle, Lauri was one the kindest and most supportive people I met. She was a joy to be around and I'm proud to have known her. ...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: Phil Morgan - Seattle, WA


Laurilyn D. "Lauri" Helmers, 59, of Coralville passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 under the compassionate care of Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be 5:30 pm, Saturday, February 13th at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where a time of visitation will be held from 3:30-5:30 and again following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lauri's name may be directed to Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Hospital Hospice.

Laurilyn Dee Helmers was born June 4, 1956, in Sibley, Iowa; daughter of Lawrence and Sheryl (Blumeyer) Helmers. She attended South Dakota State where she earned her BS in Pharmacy. She worked as a pharmacist for a number of years before deciding to return to school and pursue her desire to help others as physician. She attended medical school at the University of Iowa's College of Medicine where she earned her MD. On April 5, 1997, she was united in marriage to Kirk Manske at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City. They have resided in Coralville ever since, with the exception of six years spent in Seattle.

Currently Lauri was working at the University of Iowa Hospitals as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, specializing in pediatrics. When not working, she and Kirk loved to travel together, whether around the country or to different parts of the world. Lauri completed one of her travel goals in 2013 which was to visit and get her photo taken at every US state capital.

Her family includes her husband, Kirk; father, Lawrence Helmers and his wife, Jeanne of Ashton, Iowa; brothers, Tim of Sibley, Iowa, Todd and his wife, Linda of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Thomas and his wife, Carrie of Parker, Colorado, as well as numerous extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sheryl, in 2003.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Lauri's family and her services.