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Uros Stambuk Obituary
UROS A. STAMBUK, M.D.
Dr. Uros A. Stambuk, who practiced pediatric medicine in San Pedro for nearly four decades, died peacefully on July 8th. He was 90 and until a recent fall, enjoyed a full life, keenly devoted to his family and friends and filled with the activities he loved. He traveled to his native Croatia, took daily walks in nature, cultivated breathtakingly beautiful roses, listened to classical music, attended medical lectures, and kept current with the latest news on sports, world events, politics and the financial markets. Uros Andrew Stambuk was born November 30th, 1923 on the island of Brac off the Dalmatian Coast. He was the first of four children born to Karmen and Lucija Stambuk. As a young man, he met and was immediately smitten with Blazenka Slapnicar. Their love, including 64 years of married life, blossomed and endured despite separations - he attended medical school in Bologna - and the hardships of World War II. Theirs was an epistolary romance, with dozens of letters exchanged over the years until she could join him in the United States. They raised four children, two sons and two daughters. He was delighted to be Dida to four granddaughters. Dr. Stambuk valued education and was very proud of his children's and granddaughters' educational accomplishments. He also relished and showcased his wife's considerable gifts as an artist and poet. As a pediatrician, he made house calls, and if parents could not afford his care, he accepted bartered goods - such as fish and vegetables. Over the years, and without fanfare, he provided medicine, care, and assistance to many in need. Disciplined, practical, and often stoic, Dr. Stambuk was frequently playful with a wry sense of humor. During a jest, his trademark wink made sure those he loved were in on the joke. He was a proud and loyal American, who treasured democracy but never forgot the love he had for the natural beauty of his native country and its people. In 2000, to mark his 50th Wedding Anniversary, he and Blazenka reaffirmed their vows in Sveti Duje, the cathedral in which they were first married. He bought a house adjacent to the Marjan in Split, his wife's birthplace, so his family could visit her sisters and their families and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of his youth - a gift for which his children and grandchildren will be forever grateful. Dr. Stambuk is survived by his wife, Blazenka; his children, Edgar, Lydia, Andrew and Tanya; daughters-in-law, Rae and Andrea; sons-in-law, Christopher and Jimmy; granddaughters, Natasha, Samantha, Cassandra and Tatyana; his brother, Berigoj; sister-in-law, Masha; his sister, Ina. His sister, Borka predeceased him. He is also survived by numerous beloved nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Pedro, CA. Interment will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation, Dr. Stambuk Memorial Fund, 4101 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503 or online at www.plcmfoundation.org, 310-303-5350. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com/obits.

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Published in Daily Breeze from July 17 to July 19, 2014
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