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In Loving Memory

Mihaljevic, George

George Mihaljevic passed away peacefully May 3, 2023 in St. Louis, Missouri. George was born February 28, 1936 in Vuka, Yugoslavia. George is survived by Mary (Mihaljevic) Weidner and their five children: Joseph, Eva (Frank), John, George (Susan), Shane (Mary); Grandchildren: Joseph, Dominique, John Paul, Milan Sol; Frank (Charity), Louis, Grace; John (Kayla); Madison, Katelyn, Alex; Shane, Meghan and Nick; Great Grandchildren: Antonio, Marco and Mila.

Having survived the terrible struggles of WWII, George immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 as an accomplished soccer athlete. He joined the Kutis Senior Soccer Team then developed his own White Star team winning the Amateur and Open Cup Championships in 1966; brought his team an international game against the European Champion Team of that year, Bayern Munich of Germany; Coached the first professional soccer team in St. Louis in 1967, the “St. Louis Stars of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL);” opened the first incorporated soccer school in the U.S., the “Mihaljevic Soccer School.” He developed players and secured soccer scholarships for many young athletes who filled the ranks of college teams, a great number of whom went on to professional teams. He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army in 1958-1960, and was a member of the U.S. CISM Soccer Team playing against other countries and was very proud to do so.; he often said, “I want to give back to my country who has given so much to me!” And he did!

Visitation will be from 4-8 pm, Sunday, May 7, 2023, at Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 am Monday, May 8, 2023, at Assumption Catholic Church, 4725 Mattis Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128. Interment in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


8 thoughts on “Mihaljevic, George”

  1. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle George. I have many fond memories of Uncle George. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. It breaks sooo many hearts to hear of Uncle George’s passing.Although we know he is in heaven,he will be so sorely missed! One of my fondest memories was when he would pick his daughter,Eva & I up from dancing school near Morgan Ford Rd.in South St.Louis. He’d play great music in his car,like”Build me up,buttercup”& we’d all sing along.He was so generous to let me spend numerous nights with my favorite cousin,Eva at their home.He inspired so many in our large family to love soccer,as he did.God bless you,Uncle George!! Heaven now has the best soccer player & coach Ever!!

  3. To the Mihaljevic Family, John and I send our condolences. He was a great man, that accomplished many great things in his life and raised a very good family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️

  4. God bless George rest in peace. Accept sincere condolences to family and friends. Great teacher, player and man. Bless all family and celebrate him and memories.

  5. I just heard about dad’s passing. Dodie and myself wish you the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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