Karen and Bob, 1998

Obituary (Minneapolis StarTribune, June 14 1999)
Karen Mari Helmerichs, 65, after a 3-year battle with colon cancer. Preceded in death by father, Harold E. Gilbert; mother, Ellen L. Gilbert and brother, Harold Stone. Survived by husband of 44 years, Robert R., sons, Robert E. and Richard R.; daughter-in-law, Jeannine; grandchildren, Rich and Matt; brother, Jack and sister-in-law Carol. Karen was a graduate of Macalester College. She taught elementary school in Hopkins and was Vice President and co-owner of Rand Management, Inc. Her volunteer work centered around Methodist Hospital, where she was President of the Auxiliary, served many years on the Board of Governors and devoted count less hours of volunteer work. A loving mother, dedicated businesswoman, devoted grandmother and wonderful wife, she will be sorely missed. The family wishes to express its gratitude for the compassionate care given by the Methodist Hospital staff and Dr. Gail Bender and her staff. A visitation will be held 5-7 pm Wednesday evening at Werness Brothers Chapel, 3500 W. 50th St. Services Thursday, 2 pm at the Lakewood Chapel, Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Methodist Hospital Cancer Care Fund.

1) Prom night.  2) Rick & Jeannine's wedding

Family portrait