Caroline Ann Helterbran

Caroline Ann Helterbran, 59, of Hillsboro, Iowa, passed away at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Caroline was born on February 28, 1962, in Keosauqua, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence and Dillie (Pilcher) King. On March 15, 1980, she married Gary Helterbran in Keosauqua, Iowa. They shared forty-one years of marriage and raised two daughters: Carry and Crystal.

She is survived by her husband: Gary; two daughters: Carry (Trenton) Holtkamp, Crystal (Eric) Kuster; six grandchildren: Coley and Colton Holtkamp, Ely, Seth, Carver and Ainsley Kuster; siblings: Suzie (D.J.) Ward, Doug Carter, Brenda (Jose) Cline, Jerry Carter; brother-in-law: Eugene (Patsy) Helterbran; uncle: LeRoy (Lona) Pilcher and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; father and mother-in-law: Glen and Helen Helterbran; sister-in-law: Susan Helterbran; along with numerous aunts and uncles.

Caroline was a member of the Hillsboro Baptist Church and had accepted Jesus Christ as her savior. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Her entire world revolved around her family. She was always present at any of her children’s and grandchildren’s events. Caroline was a selfless individual that would help others at any cost. She enjoyed gardening and had a love for photographing her beautiful plants and flowers. Caroline will be deeply missed by all.

Her body has been entrusted to Schmitz Funeral Home for cremation.

A celebration of life and inurnment will be held at a later date.


A memorial has been established in her memory and can be mailed to the family at: Gary Helterbran, 133 West Commercial Street, Hillsboro, Iowa 52630.


Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with local arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at