|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 1922|
|Death: ||Nov. 30, 2007|
Born in 1922 to Angel C. (Angelo Christapaulos) and Mildred (Werner Cooley) Paulos. She was proud of her family. Angelo immigrated from Greece with his brothers, Harry, Nick and Tom to make a better life. They started many successful businesses in Aurora; Angelo had the "Bon Ton" confectionery. After all was lost in the depression, they began again, Angelo ending as a cook for Harry Kontos at the Marine Grill. For a while, she lived with her beloved "Granny" (Ellen) Nellie (Congrave) and Grandpa, LaFontaine Cooley. He was a police officer and health officer of Aurora. In 1946 she met and married the only love of her life (Donald Wyeth) "Whitey" Hopkins. He said he'd married a "Greek goddess". From that time on, her personal journey was one of love and doing whatever she felt was right to maintain the family. She did it her way with plenty of spunk! Friends and neighbors were also cared for, even feeding the hungry who came to our door. We never had much, but we didn't know it! A member of First Presbysterian for over 50 years, she saw to it that her children were raised to love and honor God. She loved the services, classes she taught and took, groups she belonged to, and friends she made. A secretary, she ended her working career on Wacker Drive, Chicago as a legal secretary. She helped start the local IAAP, served as an officer and enjoyed the many friends she made.
After being carjacked at gunpoint outside her apartment one morning in the 1990's, anxiety and illness began to steal her sense of security, control, and brain function. She was never the same. The outward beauty and body may have faded, but she never lost the love and cherishing of her friends and family. I can hear her say now, "I had such a wonderful time!"
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; brother, Paul; sister, Verdena; husband; in-laws, Carl J. Hopkins and Florence Olive (Wyeth) Hopkins; great-grandson, Ike Kleinwachter; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins (Paulos, Magin, Kingsley, and Kontos).
She leaves her children, Donald "Mark" (Tracey) Hopkins, who, early on, became the man of the family, of Rochelle, IL formerly of Sugar Grove, Jane (Ken) Campbell (formerly Thurow) of Ft. Pierce, FL, and Holly (Dennis) Weber of Yorkville; grandchildren, Olivia Hopkins of Rochelle, IL, Robert "Bobby" Hopkins of Sugar Grove, and Meghan (Erin) Hopkins of Aurora, and Karen (Dale) Nelson and Jennifer (Matt) Kleinwachter, both of Yorkville; and great-grandchildren, Jared, Alexandra, Jake, Evan, Ania and Grace Nelson, and Caiden and Darian Kleinwachter, all of Yorkville.
Alpha left with peace and dignity in a moment of time. Her children rise and called her blessed. You are safe now, Mom. See you soon. We love you.
Private interment through Dieterle's.
Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Feb 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24597794