Uros Roessmann died at his home in Helena, Montana, on September 14, 2018, at age 93, after a long illness. Uros was a loving and devoted husband to Millie, his wife of 61 years, and she returned his love with tireless care until the very end. He is survived by Millie; his sister, Ada, of Rovigo, Italy; four children, four grandchildren and their spouses; one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. He loved us all.
Dad was born in Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia, the youngest of five in a middle-class family. As Russian troops advanced from the south in May, 1945, the family fled north on foot, carrying his grandfather’s genealogy research and a collection paintings by Slovenian artists. In 2004, Uros and Millie presented the most important painting, a portrait by Mihael Stroj, to the National Gallery of Slovenia.
For five years, home was a wooden barracks in an Austrian refugee camp. When at last the United States welcomed a limited number of post-war refugees, Uros found paradise at Ohio State University. Just weeks after leaving the camps, he was among 80,000 rapturous Buckeyes in OSU’s immense stadium. He channeled the intensity of that experience during every Ohio Michigan games for the next 60 years.
Uros began medical school at 18 but finally became a practicing physician at the age of 40. He was a neuropathologist at University Hospitals of Cleveland and taught at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. After retirement, he returned to Slovenia twice to teach at the medical school where he began his studies in 1943.
Dad regretted not having what he called “the gift of gab.” He listened well, spoke thoughtfully, and extended perfect courtesy toward everyone. He had a remarkable, possibly photographic memory, and seemed to know everything. He loved to travel in his adopted country and abroad, and made his children into curious world citizens. He was a stamp collector, tireless reader, gardener and composter, swam with a perfect crawl stroke, had extraordinary balance even after illness made him frail, and was a downhill skier into his seventies. Ever resilient refugees, Mom and Dad delighted their children by moving to Montana in their late 70’s.
Dad testified by his conduct to a deep Catholic faith. The bible verse he loved best was 1 Corinthians 13. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love . . . always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” It was how he lived his life. Now he abides in love forever.
Viewing will be at 4:00 p.m. with a vigil to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing St. A reception will follow the Mass in the Brondel Center located in the lower level of the Cathedral. Rite of Committal will follow the reception at Resurrection Cemetery. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Uros.