Vera
Vera Draskovic passed away February 24, 2010 peacefully at her home in Playa Del Rey, CA after a nearly year-long battle with brain cancer. She was born March 11, 1939 in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) to Dragomir and Emma Urosevic. Sadly, at 11 years of age, Vera lost her mother to tuberculosis. Her father, who was forced to flee his war-torn homeland due to political conflicts when Vera was only 4-years-old, spent time in Germany before making his way to America. At 15, Vera was reunited with her father in Chicago, IL when she immigrated to the United States along with her older sister Milena and younger brother, Nikola. Her older brother, Milenko, joined them soon after. Her two oldest sisters, Katarina and Mira, remained in Belgrade. Vera lived in Chicago for five years before moving out to Los Angeles where she worked at Carte Blanche and Hughes Aircraft. She decided to become a homemaker and a stay-at-home mom after she met and married then-husband Yul B. Draskovic and they had their first child. An exceptional mother, Vera was always very involved in both her daughters' lives. She continued her nurturing legacy as a grandmother to her first grandson, Sasha, who was born in 2001 and most certainly would have done the same with her second grandson, Luke, who was born in July 2009. Vera had an exuberant personality and boundless energy. She loved to laugh, dance and was always bringing people joy. She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Yadranka and Marina, her grandsons, Sasha and Luke, and all her family and friends. There will be a viewing on Friday, March 5, 2010, from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the McCormick Inglewood Chapel. The Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM at St. Anastasia Church in Playa Del Rey with the committal immediately following at the Serbian United Benevolent Society Cemetery, 4355 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022

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  1. Dear Yadranka and Marina, Please accept our sincere prayers and Condolences. May God grant your Mother His Heavenly Kindgom and place her soul in the blessedness of that Kingdom where there is no sickness sorrow nor sighing but life everlastin. May Her Memory Be eternal! Fr. Blasko and Family

  2. Dear Yadranka, We are indeed very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We have fond memories of meeting her at your home a few years back. Her warm and engaging personality still lingers in our minds. Though no words can compensate for your loss, we indeed share in your sorrow. We convey our deepest condolences for you and your family. With affection, Ashraf and Ashok

  3. Vera you will be missed very much. We’re so sorry for your loss Yadranka and Marina. You are in our prayers. Love, Teta Ljubica and Alina

  4. Dear Ankie and Marina, You are in my thoughts and heart always, as your Mom was and will continue to be… you lost her much too soon. VERA – one of my oldest and dearest friends. So many memories of her from so many happy years – began with our H.S. and college years in Chgo; both of us as newlyweds in CA; many fun visits through the years; joyful celebrations of our children’s weddings; and the sweetest of all – as proud grandmothers sharing stories and pix of our precious grandsons. I will miss her so very, very much – our friendship, the kind you make in life that regardless of how often or how rarely you talk or meet, the special bond is always there. Rest in Peace my dear friend. Love, teta Branka, with Vic and family

  5. Moje duboko saucesce povodom smrti drage Vere. Mi smo bile prijateljice u Cikagu i druzile se sa Brankom Marinkovic-Terkun. Vera ce mi ostati u secanju kao divno bice, puno vitalnosti, uvek spremna na smeh i veselje. Neka joj Gospod da pokoj dusi a vama utehu za preminulom majkom i bakom. Vecan pomen! Draga Gakovich

  6. Dear Yadranka & Marina. I am writting this with a heavy heart, I didn’t know Vera was ill I am truly sorry & shocked! Enjoyed your mom’s company when we got together, we laughed and than laughed some more, it was our music to the soul.She was great & will be missed. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. You & Marina will go through pain and you learn that you really can endure because you have each other to be strong. Hope you find comfort feeling the happy moments you created with your mom that you carry in your heart…she lives in your hearts now. May she rest in peace. With much love Elaine, Pisak

  7. Dear Yadranka and Marina, Please accept our sincerest heartfelt condolences. We were so saddened to hear the passing of teta Vera. Although I didn’t have the privilege to see her that often over the years, there was never a time when I did see her, that she didn’t have this wonderful glow and smile upon he face, angelic. She was really a nice person. We’re so sorry that she had to suffer so deeply. It must have been a great comfort to her, knowing that her loving daughters were by her side through it all. We wish you strength, comfort and love to walk you through this most heartbreaking journey of loss. With Love, Vernice, John, Ruza & Corina

  8. Dear Yadronka and Marina, I was so saddened to hear of your Mother’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers. Love, Tina

  9. Dear Yadranka and Marina, Vera was a wonderful lady. We will miss her very much. She is finally resting in peace and smiling down at both of you. It is true she is no longer with us but her spirit and her memory will always be there. You are in our prayers Sincerely, Richard, Carol, Natasha & Christopher

  10. Dear Marina and Yadranka, We were deeply saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing. She will be greatly missed and always remembered as a thoughtful, kind and loving person. Please accept our deepest sympathies and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. MEMORY ETERNAL!

  11. Drage nase Marina i Anki, Teta Vera ce nam zauvek ostati u srcu i secanju kao predivna majka, baka i prijatelj sa kojim smo podelili toliko toga. Duboko saucestvujemo u vasem bolu.

  12. Marina and Yadranka, Your mom was so special and so loved. She was a wonderful mother to you both, a loving grandmother to Sasha and Luke and a great friend to the Kolesnikows. I’m so glad she was a part of our lives. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  13. Primite moje duboko saucesce. Vera me je uvek potsetila na moju majku koja se zvala Olivera (Vera) i po imenu i po ljudskoj toploti. Neka joj je laka zemlja.

  14. Dear Marina & Ankie, I was so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing…devasting. Marina, I had the good fortune of meeting your Mom when we were in 7th grade at St. Jeromes. You & I became friends instantly, and I remember spending lots of time at your house. I remember feeling so jealous because your Mom was always around and would make us yummy food and let us hang out. I adored Vera. She always smiled, had nice things to say, was incredibly pleasant and hospitable, laughed a lot…I always felt comfortable around her. I can just hear her voice now, “Marina, why don’t you…” or “Oh, Marina…” As the year passed, soon our Moms became friends. Do you remember that time they ventured to join a weight loss group in Westchester? Remember on their day, they would go check-in, weigh in, then go eat dinner! They never lost any weight. They also would go for long walks and lunch together. I have super fond memories of her. She was a blessing. I will always remember sweet Vera… hugs, Tippy

  15. My Darling Teta Vera…I will miss you so much. Marina & Anki – accept our deepest sympathy for your great loss and ours. Lida & Teta Ljilja

  16. Dear Marina and Anki! Tetka Vera, Your Mother, will be missed by so many! I will always remember her incredible smile! My sincerest sympathy to you both! May God Bless You All! Hugs, IVICA

  17. Dear Yadranka and Marina, We were so saddened to hear about mama Vera’s passing. Please accept out sincere condolences, we will miss Vera’s amazing spirit and always positive energy. Much love, Jelena & Mario

  18. My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear mother. I pray your anguish will be diminished by the beautiful memories you share and the knowledge of how deeply she loved you. I remember how her smile lit up her face and her vibrant personality lit up the room. May God grant you peace.

  19. We all will miss Vera. She brought sunshine and laughter wherever she went. I shall remember her fondly.

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