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Chester F. Milosovich

June 13, 1932 ~ September 24, 2019 (age 87)

Milosovich, Chester Frederick Age 87 of Minneapolis, MN, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2019 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Preceded in death by wife, Victoria and parents, Frederick and Jadwiga ("Hattie"). Survived by his children, Jelena Milo, Peter Milosovich (Sally Lim), Karina Milosovich (Michael Healey), Alissa Milosovich; granddaughters Lorraine Lee, Petra Milosovich, Harriet and Lucy Healey and great-grandchildren Cassius and Dominic. Music was Chester's passion and life's work. Chester studied clarinet in Chicago, Japan and Vienna. He served in the U.S. Army, where he performed with the Army orchestra in Japan. He attended the Academy for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria. Early in his career, he performed with the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Salzburg Wind Society and the University of Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players. Chester then worked as a clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra for nearly 40 years. Gregarious and easygoing, Chester enjoyed entertaining and valued his many friendships. He will be remembered for preparing gourmet meals for friends and family, delighting them with central and eastern-European meals while gypsy folk music played in the background. Such occasions were filled with lively discussions about art and culture, distinct reminders of the timeless beauty he honored. A lover of travel, he made friends wherever he went in the world and eagerly sought to learn about other cultures. He especially enjoyed visiting his beloved clarinet teacher Rolf Eichler in Vienna. Chester loved to read historical fiction, whether it concerned another culture, or the painful struggles of the working class in America. He sought the common thread in all of us through the music he loved, and the camaraderie he celebrated. Idealistic and humane, Chester believed in the "common good" as something tangible, sought after, and necessary to preserve. In this respect Chester bemoaned tyranny and celebrated socialism from the perspective of a purveyor of culture. Chester was fond of camping, hiking, and fishing, and shared a deep appreciation for the beauty and serenity state parks have to offer. For Chester culture was as vast has the land he lived in and as complex as the classical symphonies he celebrated. To know Chester was to know that life is an aesthetic experience to be cherished and preserved for future generations. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 11th from 1pm - 2:30pm in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall. Memorials preferred to the Minnesota Orchestra.

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