Jeffrey J. Helminski

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Helminski, Jeffrey J.
Jeffrey J. Helminski, born in Erie, Pennsylvania, 65 years of age, passed away on April 8, 2013 from a Glioblastoma brain tumor, which is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumors in humans, especially males over 50 years of age. Jeff fought a valiant battle to beat the odds of defeating his cancer since March of 2012, even allowing for the most current experimental treatment, but the cancer won. In addition to the love he embraced for his wife, Carol, he had a passion for traveling that took him as far away as the distant coast of New Zealand. He also found renowned enjoyment when reading War and Non-Fiction written works. Being a life-long, zealous Pittsburgh Steelers fan had Jeff and his son, Chris, traveling to many games, even in the freezing winter temperatures at Three Rivers Stadium in Pennsylvania, but the attention paid to football and his son never swayed him from his constant companion, Midas, a Golden Retriever that he had for 10 years. Jeff was an altar boy at St. Hedwig's and attended East High School. Jeff spent his younger years on the shores of Lake Erie, which heightened his allegiance for his country and lead to his goal of being the best man he could be when he joined the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine Hospital Corpsman in 1967-1968, he had a tour of duty in Vietnam with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Jeff maintained the Semper Fi ("always faithful") attitude with respect toward his Marine brothers and sisters. Jeff retired in 2008 after 26 years of service as Senior Vice-President of Sales from Yellow Freight System, Inc. Jeff and Carol did not keep their feet in one area for long being that they relocated nine times across the United States. Each city and state, though, brought about endearing friendships from Stow, OH; Green, OH; Annapolis, MD; Arnold, MD; Scottsdale, AZ; Eureka, MO; Naperville, IL; Overland Park, KS; Hudson, FL; and most recently Bonita Springs, FL, where he called home for the last three years. Jeff, an avid golfer, pursued his enjoyment of the game at the scenic Palmira Golf and Country Club conveniently located within yards of their front door. His golf buddies were witness to a hole in one on Egret 5, which will be a forever cherished memory as to how excited Jeff was when that little white ball went into the hole after the first swing. From the East Coast to the West Coast, Jeff leaves behind many friends, golf mates, and comforting neighbors especially the outpouring of support from the Palmira Community which will be forever cherished. He will be remembered for his quick wit, infectious smile, uncanny sense of humor, and adoration of his grand-children. Jeff was an extremely proud card-carrying member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and National Rifle Association for 25 years plus he was a member of Polish Falcons. Jeffrey J. Helminski was preceded in death by his parents Zygmunt and Marian (Stromenger) Helminski. Jeff is survived by his devoted, loving wife of 23 years, Carol Ann (Rupp); his brother, Jim Helminski of Cranesville, PA; four children, Chris Helminski, Milford, DE; an estranged daughter Melissa (Helminski) Bradley, Erie PA; Lisa Minton-Cox (Gary), Hudson, OH; and Tim Minton (Ashley Bechtold), Alexandria, VA. Jeff also leaves behind four wonderful grand-children who he cherished dearly: Ashley Rayl (known as the Holy Child), Payton Cox, and Wyatt Cox of Hudson, OH, and Taylor Minton of Brimfield, OH. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled at St. Agnes Church in Naples, FL at a later date. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt and Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, Erie, PA, 16504, on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Hedwig Catholic Church, 521 E. 3rd St., Erie, on Monday at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project ( or ( in his name. Please visit to sign the Book of Memories

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 11, 2013
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