Laura Jane Helmkamp

Laura Jane nee Bozzello Helmkamp, age 52 of Collinsville, IL, born September 8, 1961 in Warrensburg, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

Laura was a 1979 graduate of Collinsville High School.  She was a homemaker, avid walker, bicyclist, and birder. Laura loved to read and was an avid baseball fan.  She loved flowers and nature and dearly loved her husband and family. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Bozzello. 

She is survived by her husband, J. Bruce Helmkamp, whom she married on May 5, 1989; her parents, John and Jane nee Welle Bozzello of Collinsville; four sisters:  Mary (Kevin) Steible of Collinsville, Cindy (Tim) Thomas of Collinsville, Toni Chapman of Collinsville, and Cheryl (Tom) Tharp of Edwardsville; in-laws, Reedith (Gary) Dammer of Edwardsville; four brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews:  Jeffrey (Libby) Garber of Pasadena, CA, Jane Steible of Collinsville, Matt Thomas of Maryville, Craig Thomas of Brooklyn, NY, Katie (Tommy) Ashton of Collinsville, Michelle Rydgig of Collinsville, Kelsey and Ben Tharp of Edwardsville; numerous great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Visitation will be from 3pm to 8pm on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center Street, Maryville, IL. 

Funeral service will be at 11am on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to the Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025.


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