Laura Elise Balsmeyer, 49, McCalla, Alabama

Laura Elise Balsmeyer, 49, of McCalla, Alabama, died Friday, September 25, at UAB Medical West in Bessemer, Alabama. She was born in Indianapolis October 28, 1970, to Philip Van Kersen and Patty (Ohler) Shingleton. She married Brian Eugene Balsmeyer December 12, 1992, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Laura was a 1988 graduate of Southridge High School where she played volleyball and ran track. She enjoyed athletics, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Brian Balsmeyer; two daughters, Riley Jo Balsmeyer, Oxford, Ohio, and Hannah Irene Balsmeyer, Northport, Alabama; one son, Brett Alan Balsmeyer, Mammoth Lakes, California;  her father, Philip Van Kersen, Morehead, Kentucky; two sisters, Melissa Ricke, Indianapolis, and Elizabeth (Ben) Franzini and husband Ben Lexington, Kentucky; and three brothers, Tommy and Kurt Ricke, both of Indianapolis, and Philip Van Kersen, Morehead, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Patty Shingleton, and one son, Trevor Andrew Balsmeyer.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Salem United Church of Christ in Holland  Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following St. Paul Cemetery. Pastor Debbie Roe will officiate at the service.

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