Desanka Aksentijevic

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Aksentijevic, Desanka (nee Petkovich) Died peacefully at home in the presence of her family on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Miladin Aksentijevic, loving mother of Nathalie (Carleton) Reynolds, Lydia (Daniel) Thomann and Susan (Mark) Lichty; dear sister of the late Dorothy Stokovich, Olga Petkovich and Lilly Pavlovich; survived by sisters Marian Zelenovich and Gina Gamble; loving aunt and great aunt. Throughout her life, Desa embodied a rare and joyful spirit that sustained her during difficult times and caused many people to draw close to her over the years. She touched the hearts of all who knew her. At a very young age, Desa's father was tragically killed leaving her mother to raise six girls (all born in St. Louis and Webster Groves) and to run a business alone during the Great Depression. The girls were stranded in Yugoslavia from 1931 onward with relatives for the duration of World War II. In those difficult years, Desa and her sisters endured the depravations of the Great War. They fled Nazi bombs and hid from the Red Army. After many years apart, the family reunited in St. Louis and the sisters began their lives as young American women. Milo and Desa married and raised three daughters and lived the American Dream in St. Louis, MO. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, impish humor and dedication to family. Her family and many friends are all better for having known her and will miss her greatly. Desa was a life long member of Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church and a member of the Kolo Sestara. Services: Family will receive friends in the Great Hall of Ambruster Chapel, 6633 Clayton Rd. (Clayton) Sunday, 5-8 p.m., POMEN 7 p.m. Family and friends will meet Monday, 10:45 a.m. at Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 1910 Serbian Dr. (McNair) for 11 a.m. funeral service. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contribu tions may be made to the Kolo Sestara or Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church. Online condolences may be made at


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Ambruster Donnelly Mortuary - Clayton
6633 Clayton Road
Clayton, MO 63117
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from June 30 to July 1, 2012