In memory of

Sherry Helmbrecht

July 14, 1958 - October 25, 2018
From: Spring Hill, TN | Originally: Lytton, IA
Sherry Helmbrecht

Sherry Helmbrecht

Born: July 14, 1958
Died: October 25, 2018
Age: 60
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Sherry Ann Helmbrecht, age 60, originally from Lytton, IA, (formerly of Abilene, TX, and Spring Hill, TN) passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 25, 2018, in Sioux City, IA. Sherry was born on July 14, 1958, to parents Ronald and Elsie (Scheffler) Helmbrecht in Sac City, IA. She was baptized and confirmed at Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton, IA. Sherry grew up on the family farm with her parents and three siblings, Kim, Maryl and Tim and went to Lytton Community School, graduating with the class of 1976.


Sherry attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  After graduation, she worked as a kidney transplant nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital. A few years later, Sherry moved to Abilene, TX, and worked for Hendrick Health System where she pioneered combining technology and nursing. After furthering her education with an MBA from Hardin-Simmons University, Sherry moved to Nashville, TN. She worked for Community Health Systems improving patient care through the use of technology in hospitals across the United States.


Music and traveling were a big part of Sherry’s life. She loved singing and performing with the Abilene Classical Chorus - singing at Carnegie Hall as well as in several castles in Scotland. She also sang with her church choir. Sherry’s travels included places such as Scotland, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Greece, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico and many sites across the United States. Her photos and stories of these adventures were amazing, but no place was more dear to her heart than the family farm.


The importance of family was foremost in Sherry's heart. Memories of Sunday dinners with her cousins, her attendance at baptisms, confirmations, graduations, weddings and holidays will remain near and dear to the hearts of all of her loved ones.


Sherry was a kind, caring, and compassionate person, making many friends during her lifetime. She was a great conversationalist. Her life was always an adventure, which of course meant she had some pretty great stories to tell. Her smile brightened the room and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.


Those left to cherish her memory include her siblings: Kimberly (Kenneth) Lager of Bedford, IA, Maryl (Tom) Sponder of Sioux City, IA ,and Timothy (Kim) Helmbrecht of Ankeny, IA; nieces and nephews: Kurt (Janae) Lager, Kyle Lager, Devyn Sponder, David Sponder, Sarah Sponder, Tiffany (Kevin) Voge and children Adam, Jason, and Kiah, Austin (Ashley) Helmbrecht, Gabrielle (Dillon Hauser) Helmbrecht and Arianna Helmbrecht; many extended family members and friends. Sherry was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Elsie Helmbrecht.

MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS in memory of Sherry can be made to the following:

Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church
PO Box 50
Lytton, IA 50561

Water to Thrive
PO Box 26747
Austin, TX 78755

American Cancer Society



Memorial Service
11:00 a.m., Saturday
November 3, 2018
Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa

Reverend Ben Worley
Prior to Service
10:00-11:00 a.m., Saturday
November 3, 2018
Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa
In the Family's Care


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 4:42 PM
“I'm so very sorry to hear of Sherry's passing. It sounds like she lived a full and interesting life, my memories of her from our Lytton High School days was that she was always a good person. She lived a full life and gave a lot back to her profession and her community. My sincere sympathy to the family. ”
- Heidi Wulkow
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:54 PM
“Condolences to the Helmbrecht family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace. ”
- Williams Family
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 2:47 PM
“I was so blessed to have been friends with Sherry for over 25 years. My heart is sad, but I was fortunate to have been on several travel adventures with her, and for the past few days I’ve been reliving some of our favorite times and laughing all over again. Like the time we were showering in individual stalls in a hostel in Poland, when someone else came in to another stall, began to shower, and said “good morning” in a deep, male voice. We were horrified that a man was in the women’s showers, until later that day when we figured out that WE were actually in the men’s showers. Or the time Sherry purchased crystal “jewelry holders” in Bratislava as gifts for family, only to find out that they were actually ash trays, and no one in the family smoked! Sherry sang at my wedding, we attended her graduation ceremony for her master’s and we swapped stories about our crazy, fun, and fantastic families. Sherry loved her family and friends with all her heart. She was wonderful, and her easy smile and fun-loving nature will be missed, but we are all better for having known her. ”
- Susan Kazen
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the entire Helmbrecht family. Sherry was such a sweet lady. Prayers for all of you.”
- Jane (Scharn) Nees
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“So sad to hear this news. I have so many fond memories of our get-togethers as children at your family farm. I can still hear the laughter emanating from our parents downstairs while our imaginations soared upstairs. Peace to you all until we meet again.”
- Betty Scharn Nelson
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“I have very fond memories of my cousins, Kim & Sherry, along with Betty & myself, playing board games at the kitchen table on the farm. I think Kay and Maryl were always playing dolls upstairs and Tim was playing with the little boy toys.

Thank you for Sherry's wonderful obituary. Always remember that Sherry was covered in baptismal grace unto death to live with Him forever in the resurrection! God's peace & comfort be with you.”
- Ruth Scharn Osburn
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“ Sherry and I became friends in Abilene, TX. She embraced my family and we loved spending time with her. We would play golf at a lighted par 3 golf course after work, attended plays at the local universities and just hang out. Sherry and I took a road trip to Savannah, GA, when she lived in Nashville, and we talked and laughed during the whole trip. My family loved her life stories. We will miss you dear friend. Judy Vanderheiden, (daughters) Nancy Luna and Carolyn Vahjen.”
- Judy Vanderheiden
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 10:06 AM
“My thoughts, prayers and thanks go to the Family of Sherry. She was a blessing to have known and worked with. Thank you for sharing her with the CHS family. My God bless her family and friends.”
- Joshua McCoy
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 10:06 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Sherry's family. While I never personally knew her, working with her was a great pleasure. She was a kind and compassionate woman who I shall miss greatly.”
- Jonathan Boone
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:25 AM
“Sherry, my husband Larry, and I attended Grace Lutheran Church in Abilene when Sherry lived in Abilene. She was a good friend to us both. Sherry was so much fun to be with! She showed us her adventurous spirit such as going on a rattlesnake hunt in Sweetwater, buying in-line skates, and painting her dining area "eggplant" purple! She was so very thoughtful and generous. We have several beautiful gifts, particularly dishes, she has given us. Sherry had a beautiful voice and we were thrilled to have her sing at our wedding 26 years ago! She was so proud of her family and being from Iowa. She often shared food from her family like pork and pastries that she brought back to Abilene after being with her family. We have so many happy "Sherry memories!" We thank God Sherry was in our lives. We feel very blessed having her as a friend. May you receive comfort and strength during this difficult time.”
- Belva and Larry Latshaw
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:25 AM
“I am truly sadden to hear the news of Sherry demise. I extend my sincere condolences to Sherry's family especially her nephew whom she recently mentioned. May God Bless you all and guide you through these difficult times.”
- Keith Mason
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:25 AM
“I worked with Sherry at CHS. I will miss her smile and sense of humor. We had many laughs together. I am grateful I got to see her just a few weeks ago. My prayers are with her family as they mourn and rejoice in her memory. I hope the table we delivered can remain in their family and be a small piece of Sherry they can carry with them. My God comfort you at this difficult time. ”
- Maureen and Jimmy Pierson
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 6:21 PM
“So sorry to hear of Sherry's passing. Our sincere sympathy to all her family! May God bless you all.”
- Pat and Danny Rench
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:22 PM
“We would like to say your families are in our prayer.. sorry to hear about her passing. ”
- robin arndt tropansky
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:22 PM
“There is sadness here, but not in heaven. I can hear Ronnie and Elsie's laughter as they welcome her home. God bless you all. If you would like help at the funeral, as I did for her parents, just ask. I left my email and can also be messaged on Facebook. ”
- Kay Scharn
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:55 AM
“Dear Friend, so glad you were able to visit the farm and be with your family. I know how much you loved all of them; I so enjoyed the stories of the nieces and nephews and all the rest of the family. P.S. My favorite story is the flat tire the "girls" had and how the "boys" drove right by :)
No pain now, please rest peacefully. I will see you on the other side; we'll go for dinner!
My most profound thoughts and wishes for peace to all the family, whom Sherry loved without measure.
Bev Bowman”
- Beverly Bowman
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:54 AM
“I was also an alto with Sherry in the choir at Grace Lutheran in Abilene. I loved hearing her sweet voice and steered her towards the Community Choir. She was always so sweet, brave and ready to help. Heaven has truly gained another angel”
- Nancy Zelisko
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:54 AM
“My dear Sherry. As my heart is so broken knowing I won’t see your smiling face walk in my salon, I am also rejoicing knowing you’re walking streets of gold in complete peacefulness. Go sing with the angels! To all Sherry’s family and dear friends, my family and I send our love to you all and praying for your hearts to be comforted during this time. ”
- Lynnette Winters
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:57 PM
“I worked with Sherry at CHS. She was one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She will be missed by so many. Prayers for your family. ”
- Wenter Davis
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:57 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Sherry's family.. I was a co-worker with Sherry at CHS and loved working with her. She was one of the most positive individuals I know over the last few years with her cancer struggle. I will truly miss her.”
- Joyce Costa
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:32 PM
“even thought I didn't know personally from work may my condolences go out to your family you in a better place now. ”
- Jose M colon
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“I worked with Sherry for 7 years at CHS. We were on the same team when I started and I could not have survived that first year without her assistance, humor, support and knowledge. I loved to listen to her stories. She certainly knew how to captivate an audience!! Sherry always had a kind word and a smile for me whenever I saw her. She had a gentle spirit that was peppered with just the right amount of sarcasm; such a quick wit!! She continued to graciously assist whenever I asked and did the same for everyone. She was a bright light in a sometimes very dark world and she will be missed greatly!!!
My deepest sympathy to the family!!!
Rest easy, my dear friend!!!!”
- Sheri Conn
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“I worked with Sherry at CHS and we remained friends after I left for a new job. I picture her smiling and laughing and telling one of her great stories. She is also one of only two fellow San Antonio Spurs fans I met in Nashville. I will miss her.

I am glad she was able to return to IA with her family. My thoughts and condolences are with all of her family. ”
- Heather Van Houten
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“My condolences to the family in this difficult situation. May God provide you the strength you need to cope in this trying times. Stay strong. Sending all of you good prayers and thoughts. ”
- Syed Haqqani
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“Her kindness and strength were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time. ”
- Richard Dearing - Net Health
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“Sherry has been a friend for many years. She used to joke that she came to Texas to get warm. We had many fun adventures with the singles group in Abilene. She was kind and warm and very funny. Blessings to her family who she was always proud of and loved very much.”
- carol Smith
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“I am very sad to hear this news. I have worked with Sherry and she was wonderful to deal with. My condolences to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace. ”
- Omer Zaheer
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“I didn’t get to work directly with Sherry prior to going remote but I knew her because of her catching smile. She walked the 4th floor with the biggest smile and always asked me how I was doing in the kitchen area. She had such a warm and kind and funny.. personality. She was that person you met and wanted to get closer to and you wished you felt just like her at the office– always happy!

I remember asking a co-worker about her one day because I had not seen her smile in a while and they told me about her illness… it wasn’t long after that she came back to the office with an even bigger smile.

My point is… Sherry Helmbrecht impacted people she didn’t even know, she was a breath of fresh air to everyone she walked by. Her presence truly touched everyone around her.

We don’t always remember days, we remember moments - Sherry gave us many moments and smiles to remember forever.

Her family, friends & co-workers are in my prayers.”
- Myra Hanscomb - CHS
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Sherry's family. I always enjoyed working with her and sharing stories about my grandkids with her. She was a wonderful person and truly will be missed.”
- Keith Bennett
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM
“Sherry and I only ever spoke on the phone, but that was a fairly common occurrence. She was always pleasant, always trying to make my job easier and always willing to help as much as possible with the issue at hand. Patients come first, and that was her goal.”
- Steve Clothier - CHS
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:37 AM
“I've worked with Sherry here and there over the years and even from a relative distance it was clear to me what a kindhearted and gracious person she was. I never knew what a difficult fight she was enduring because she was always so positive. Every time we'd pass in the elevator she'd give me a smile as we talked. I'm very sorry to hear about her passing. We've really lost a wonderful person in Sherry.”
- Matt Boto
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:37 AM
“My condolences to the family during this difficult time. Praying for the family during this difficult time. ”
- Raven Greene - CHS
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