Laura Blanche Helmers was born July 29, 1913, in Cherokee, the daughter of Henry and Minnie Pearl (Weatherly) Helmers. Laura was baptized by the minister of the Church of Christ Church in the Little Rock River near Rock Rapids. She attended country school at Garfield No. 5, Center Township, Lyon County, and Doon High School.
Laura was united in marriage to Harold Schroeder Sept. 18, 1930 at Mitchell, S.D. The couple farmed near Doon until retirement in 1963. They later lived in Denver, Colo., and later moved to Luverne, Minn. Harold died in April 1979.
Laura moved to Le Mars in 1993. In March 2011, she moved to Park Place Estates Assisted Living.
Survivors include one niece, Bonnie Gassman and her husband, Jerry of Hutchinson, Minn.; three nephews, Sonny Athens of Le Mars, Roger Athens and his wife, Betty of Le Mars, and Don Schemmel and his wife Louise of Dexter; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Pearl (Weatherly) Helmers; husband, Harold Schroeder; a sister, Bernice Athens; three infant siblings; a nephew, Larry Athens; a niece, Constance Nichols; a niece-in-law, Ramonda Athens; a nephew-in-law, Douglas Walter; and a sister-in-law, Berniece (Van Buskirk) Helmers.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Tim Geitz of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hull. Visitations will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Brad Athens, Eric Athens, Scott Ragan, Jim Oswald, Daron Walter, and Bruce Leinen.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.