In Memory of Nora Lee Balmer

Elderly Caucasian woman with gray hair, pearls
Nora Lee Balmer

Nora Lee Balmer lived an inspiring 95-year life. Born to James and Gladys Nesmith on Groundhog Day, February 2, 1928, she rarely slowed down until her passing on November 1, 2023. 

Family committal services were at Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the University of Iowa Center for Advancement for the Iowa Men’s Wrestling Program. 1 West Park Rd, Iowa City IA 52242.

NoraLee married Wayne Balmer in 1947. In 1958 they moved to Iowa City to join the family business, Plumbers Supply Company (PSC). Though retiring in 1998, NoraLee’s influence is still felt in the back office of PSC. 

Outside of the business, NoraLee was passionate about Hawkeye Wrestling, loved the arts and Hancher Auditorium, and gave generously to groups and causes she supported. 

More than anything Noralee was committed to her family and did everything possible to keep them connected and ensure they were loved.

NoraLee is survived by her children John (Penny) Balmer, James (Andrea) Balmer, and Mary Balmer; grandchildren Thomas (DaLayne Williamson) Balmer; Katherine (Jeff) Penland; Betsy (Greg) Kaiser; David R. Balmer, Ben (Sarah) Freeman, Jennie (Ben) Wunderlich, Julie (Ben) Tweedt, Sally (Erik) Wolf, and Matthew Gessner; 13 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 

NoraLee was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Wayne; her son, David Scott Balmer; and her sister, Susan Johnson.