Carole A. Helliwell

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KITTERY POINT, Maine - Carole A. (Kornechuk) (Ross) Helliwell, 74, went to heaven on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Chelsea, Mass., she was the daughter of Grace (Werner) and Paul A. Kornechuk. Mrs. Helliwell was a graduate of Chelsea High School, class of 1956. She was a communicant of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Chelsea, Mass., teaching Sunday School.

After graduation Carole began her first of many careers, as a medical transcriptionist. In preparation, Carole took courses in anatomy and physiology while simultaneously being mentored by her family physician, the late Harold Miller, MD. Carole continued to train while working as assistant to the educational director at Chelsea Memorial Hospital's School of Nursing. Her diligence was rewarded when she was hired on the spot after interviewing with doctors Cave and Rowe, orthopedic surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital. Always yearning for more education, and realizing that knowledge is power, Carole furthered her career by taking certification courses at Harvard University extension program. In later years she went to work at Exeter Clinic, Portsmouth Hospital and for Dr. Gerald Shattuck.

Carole moved to Portsmouth, N.H., in 1960 and married George S. Ross Sr. Of that union were born three children, George Jr., Catherine and Heather, Carole's most precious gifts.

Carole continued to further her education through continuing education courses and, seeking a new challenge she entered into the legal field, employed as legal secretary to the late Hon. Wm. F. Harrington of Portsmouth, N.H.

After some time, change was in the air again and Carole went to work for Nike Inc., in the position of personnel administrator.

In the early 1980s, Carole made the decision to fulfill her dream of turning her hobby into a business. The career for which she was most proud, was owning and operating her own company, Artistic Cake Designs. She enjoyed working with both local and out-of-state clientele, assisting each bride as they selected custom, unique and delicious cakes for their special day. From marketing, to sales, to bookkeeping, production and delivery, Carole worked six days a week to ensure the success of her business. She did this while raising a son and two daughters as the family's sole supporter. She ran her business successfully until her retirement in 1995.

In 1995 Carole married Capt.Sidney Helliwell and left New Hampshire for Kittery Point. Sid had been a very close friend of the family for many years, having met Carole in the 1970s when together they worked to start Anglican missions in the Northeast. The two were part of a small group who worked tirelessly for years, to bring the Anglican Church to this area. Carole's faith had always been a big part of her life. She served on the Vestry and was both junior and senior warden for her local church. She also served on the standing committee for the diocese and the executive council, at the national level, for the Traditional Anglican Church in America.

Carole believed that helping people was of the utmost importance. In addition to her extensive involvement with the church, Carole chaired the Building Fund for the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum's Andrews-Mitchell Garrison Project. With her leadership, the fund-raising goal was exceeded. She also served with Rotary of Kittery and following the death of Sid, became a hospice volunteer with Hospice of York. Carole believed very strongly in the people and the mission of York Hospital. In recent years she donated funds for a physicians' dictation room, a rooftop perennial garden and a room in honor of Sid.

Carole's family would like to recognize the wonderful care provided to their mother by the compassionate and caring nurses and staff in the days leading up to her passing. Specifically, Drs. Newsome and Crispo, as well as Zalana, Lisa, Joanne and Ellie.

Carole loved her family and enjoyed every moment spent with them. She was a very loving and caring woman who also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, swimming, kayaking and watching Fox News, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and the Patriots.

Carole is survived by her three children, George S. Ross Jr., proprietor of Mirage Irrigation and Landscaping, and his wife, Beverlee, of Derry, N.H., Catherine G. Ross of Kittery, and Heather E. Ross of Rye, N.H.; two grandchildren, George S. Ross III of Raymond, N.H., and Bradd C. Ross of Derry, N.H.; her sister, Grace Pizzano and husband, Richard, of Rye, N.H. and Woburn, Mass.; and brothers, Paul A. Kornechuk and wife, Tandy, of Dodge City, Kan., and Peter Kornechuk of Rye, N.H., Mark Kornechuk of Virginia, and David Kornechuk of Rye, N.H.; and her cat, Princess.

She was predeceased by her parents, Grace and Paul Kornechuk, and her husband, Captain Sidney Helliwell.


services:Calling hours will be held on today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad St., Portsmouth. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, Rochester Hill Road, Route 108, Rochester. Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carole's honor to York Hospital, or Hospice of York. Visit to sign an online guest book, send a private condolence, gift or sympathy card.

Published in Union Leader on Aug. 13, 2012
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