Robert “Bob” Ilisevich | Obituaries


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January 8, 2022

Robert (Bob) D. Ilisevich, 91, of Kensington, MD, formerly of Meadville, passed away on Saturday January 8, 2022 at Arden Courts, Kensington, MD.
Robert was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 28, 1930, the son of the late Vaso and Meri (Szmolyan) Ilisevich.
On June 6, 1959, Robert married Agnes M. Zerilla; she predeceased him in death on June 29, 2020.
Bob attended the University of Pittsburgh on an ROTC scholarship where he was a member of the varsity tennis team. He then returned to Pitt to complete his graduate studies after his release from the Air Force.
Bob Ilisevich was professor of American history at Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, PA from the late 1950s until it closed in 1987. He then taught at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. Bob was also an archivist and librarian of the Crawford County Historical Society for many years and wrote a periodical column in the Meadville Tribune covering historical issues of interest to Crawford County. His numerous publications include five books on the history of Pennsylvania. Bob’s hobbies included painting, gardening, collecting coins, and traveling with his wife Agnes. Bob will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Bob and his wife Agnes were members of Sainte-Agathe parish in Meadville for a long time before leaving the region in their final years of retirement.
He is survived by his children Daniel R. Ilisevich (Kathleen Merlo) of San Juan, PR and Deborah Ilisevich Feigenbaum (Lionel) of Bethesda, MD, five grandchildren (Zachary, Providence, Simon, Aaron, Jeremy) and his nieces Lynne Lewis, Diane Illis and Susan Illis.
He was predeceased by a brother George Illis (Marilyn).
Family and friends are invited to call from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Epiphany of the Lord Parish, St. Agatha Church, 353 Pine St., Meadville, for a Christian burial mass. will take place at 1:00 p.m. with Bro. Joe Petrone, parish vicar, officiant. The Mass will be broadcast live via our Facebook page (Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.)
Bob will be buried with his wife Agnes in St. Agatha Cemetery, and will receive full military honors by VFW Post # 2006.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Crawford County Historical Society at 411 Chestnut Street, Meadville PA.
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Published on January 9, 2022

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