Stephen “Steve” Paul Helmerson

October 28, 1949 - October 1, 2022
Stephen “Steve” Paul Helmerson

Stephen “Steve” Paul Helmerson, age 72 of Wilmington, NC, passed suddenly at his home on the 1st of October, 2022.

Steve was born on October 28, 1949 to the late Benjamin W. Helmerson and Catherine H. Helmerson in Minneapolis, MN.

Steve is survived by his wife of 26 years Ellen Marie Helmerson & their fur babies Victor, Scout, and Ranger; his first wife Alice Jane Helmerson; his son Brian Paul Helmerson & his fur babies Abby and Liza; his son Cory Stephen Helmerson and his wife, Katherine, & their children William, Gabriella, and Patrick, and three fur babies; his son Ethan Francis Helmerson; his daughter Maura Catherine Xiaojun Helmerson and her fiancé, James; his brother Brian Helmerson and his wife, Kelly, & their 2 children Hanna Noelle Helmerson and Erik Benjamin Helmerson; his sister Sharon Mavroukakis and her husband, Joe, & their 2 children; his sister Carolyn Birch and her 2 children, as well as many other extended family members and friends who loved and will miss him dearly. Steve is predeceased by his two brothers Gregory John Helmerson & Gary Michael Helmerson.

Stephen was a vibrant and amazing individual whose life was defined by the love and support he gave to his family and friends. He was an amazing U.S. Army Officer for over 22 years and a Senior Civilian Leader after military retirement for another 20 years.

There will be a Memorial Mass for Steve on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 9:00am held at Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington, NC. All are welcome to attend. Military Honors will be rendered at the family home at 11:00am.

Please leave memories and condolences for Steve’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.

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Memorial Mass

Immaculate Conception Church

6650 Carolina Beach Road

Wilmington, NC 28412

Friday, October 28, 2022
9:00 AM



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  • November 11, 2022
    Barry Hoffman lit a candle:
    Lit since November 11, 2022 at 11:07:52 PM

  • November 04, 2022
    Genevieve Hughes says:
    My sincere condolences to the Helmerson family. I remember and appreciate Steve's dedication and committment to Scouting. He introduced to the LAFB Catholic Community the opportunity to support religious scouting medals and the importance of celebration. That inspiration has now led to a fully supported religious emblem program being sponsored at Regimental Chapel Fort Eustis for all denominations. Our Senior Catholic Chaplain currently sits in the position of the National Leader for Catholic Scouting under the Archdiocese for Military Services. I thank Steve and Ellen for their influence on the importance of this achievement in the lives of our youth. May his legacy live on!

  • November 04, 2022
    Beth Ann Taraba lit a candle:
    Lit since November 4, 2022 at 11:49:54 AM

  • October 28, 2022
    Dave Clay says:
    Steve was more than a co-worker. When I was a brand new DAC he would sit me down to educate and mentor me on the dos and don’t s about being a good DAC. We very quickly became friends and I found myself seeking his wisdom and kindness often. He was a friend and kind man to everyone he met, he will leave a void in many hearts. God bless the Helmerson family in their time of sorrow.

  • October 28, 2022
    Michelle posted an image:
    As the sun rises on his birthday, sharing the light with his loved ones to guide you through this day.
    As the sun rises on his birthday, sharing the light with his loved ones to guide you through this day.