ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - Helen Draper was born May 23, 1918, in Pierre, South Dakota to Alexander and Nellie (nee Gernon) Wosnuk. She passed away May 7, 2013, at Church Creek Health Center in Arlington Heights where for many years she received the loving care of the Church Creek staff, Home Instead and Vitas caregivers.
Helen was a 1939 graduate of the University of Illinois where she majored in vocal performance and was soloist for the university choir. During WWII she was a high speed code instructor in the Army Air Corps where she met and married her husband of 65 years. She had a 30-year career teaching all levels from primary grades through college. After retiring from teaching she embarked on a second career of public speaking, book reviewing and publishing. Her writings were published in numerous magazines and periodicals. She was known for her enduring friendships, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity.
She is survived by her children: Helen Diane Costrini of Savannah, Ga., Laurel Alexis and her husband, Richard, Rollins of Aurora, Ill., and Richard Donald and his wife, Heather, Draper of Palm Beach, Fla.; her grandchildren: Angela and her husband, Hugues, Hariche of Paris, France, David Costrini of Savannah, Ga., Melanie and Victoria Rollins of Aurora.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Draper, and her son, Mark William Draper.
Visitation is Friday, May, 10, 2013, from 4 p.m. until time of prayer service at 6 p.m. at Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (4 blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights. Entombment will be private.
Funeral information and condolences to www.GlueckertFH.com or 847-253-0168.