Helen K. Kanelos

June 17, 2021
Helen K. Kanelos

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Helen K. Kanelos of Williamsburg, VA died on June 17, 2021, at the age of 84. Helen was born on January 22nd, 1937, in Vasiliakion, Greece to Peter D. Kokolis and Katerina K. Kokolis. She is preceded in death by her husband, George F. Kanelos, and her sister Niki Kokolis.

Helen is survived by her two sons, Frank G. Kanelos (Elena), Peter G. Kanelos (Yanna), and her two grandsons, George and Manolis Kanelos, and a great granddaughter, Clio Kanelos. She is also survived by her brother Dimitrios P. Kokolis (Danai), her brother-in-law James J. Kokolis, her niece and nephews Katherine K. Hagopian (Michael), John J. Kokolis (Joanna), Peter J. Kokolis (Christina), Frank T. Kanelos and many other loving nieces and nephews both here in the United States and in Greece.

Helen emigrated to the United States in December 1958, and later married her husband, on April 24th, 1960. Helen was a well-known hairdresser, accomplished seamstress and business owner of Giorgio’s Pizza Shoppe, and an active member of the Greek Community. She was an outstanding member of the SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, in Newport News, where she served many roles including, as President of the Ladies Philoptochos Society from 1972-1973. She will be remembered by her generosity, wonderful cooking, and her Christ-like unconditional love for all.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 20, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM with Trisagion service to take place at 4:00 PM at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.  A service will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Saints Constantine and Helen with burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at 60 Traverse Road, Newport News, VA 23606. 


Monday, June 21, 2021
12:00 PM

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox - Directions
60 Traverse Rd
Newport News, VA 23606


Monday, June 21, 2021

Peninsula Memorial Park - Directions
12750 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA 23606


Sunday, June 20, 2021
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox - Directions
60 Traverse Rd
Newport News, VA 23606

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  • September 23, 2023
    Katrina Butzer says:
    Frank and Pete, I just learned of your mom’s passing. My heart sank. I have such good memories of meeting and knowing your parents while I was at W&M. I always thought your mom felt like an aunt and I loved how my parents and your parents hit it off and stayed friends long after I finished college. I’m so glad I was able to see your mom in Williamsburg back about 4 or 5 years ago. My deepest condolences. Katrina (Plumpis) Butzer

  • June 19, 2021
    Martha S. Marakos-Holt says:
    From our family to yours, our deepest condolences. Helen was a wonderful woman and friend to our family and will be dearly missed by all. Love Bill & Nancy Marakos and Martha Marakos-Holt and family

  • June 20, 2021
    Sarah and Jim Grossman lit a candle:
    Lit since June 20, 2021 at 6:20:54 PM

  • June 24, 2021
    My deepest condolences to my cousins Frank and Pete Kanelos. Aunt Helen had always been a positive impact in my life. Very supportive in my life choices as a flight attendant and real estate agent! She would give me a huge hug and kiss me and say “Bravo” with her Greek accent. We became very close when my brother was stricken with a serious decease. She fought for him to get the best specialists at VCU. She and my cousin Frank were by my mom and My side when my brother passed. When I moved to Wmsbg she took me under her wing . We would Go shopping ,going to lunch ,having Greek coffees and Greek sweets to dinners either at my house or cooking lessons on bread making and Greek cookies or her famous Lemon Chicken soup at her home. I am forever grateful to have had her in my life. I will always cherish the memories and the warmth she shared from her heart. God sure does have a beautiful angel . I will miss you deeply and will always speak of you fondly❤️

  • April 06, 2022
    Gerhard Peter Gross says:
    Just found out about the passing of your mother. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on your loss, Pete and Frank. I will always remember your mom and dad, and the way they treated me while going to college in Virginia.