Obituary: Helen M. Cole –


Helen M. Cole

TOPSHAM – Helen M. Cole, 84, passed away quietly on Dec. 26, 2021. She was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Kale) O’Rourke.Helen was a teacher, mentor, and loved helping people become their best selves. She was loved and admired in every school system in which she was involved, whether it be at home or abroad. Helen was chosen to teach abroad in Tehran, Iran, and was able to take her boys John and Larry with her, which enriched their lives as well as her own and her students. She completed her career in teaching as a teaching principal in the Smithfield, Maine area.Helen was predeceased by two sisters, Mary McGarrell and Elizabeth Simpson and two brothers, Lawrence O’Rourke and Michael O’Rourke.Helen is survived by her two sons, John D. Cole III, his wife Margaret, of Durham, ME and Lawrence Cole and his wife Natsuko of Louisville KY; her…

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