Roger A. Weise of Monticello, Kentucky, formerly of Crystal Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the age of 70. He was born August 21, 1950 in Alton, Illinois to the late Ferdinand Weise and Wilma Weise-Maag. Roger is survived by his wife, Sharon; three children from a previous marriage, Matthew (Clara) Weise, grandson Mateo Weise, Christopher Weise, and Bethany Weise. Roger was a loving brother to Richard (Diane) Weise, Robert (Janice) Weise, and Russell (Debbie) Weise; loving uncle to many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law to Robert (Anna) Novak, and Richard (Jan) Novak. Roger received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1970, Master of Science Degree in 1972, and Medical Degree from the University of Illinois in 1978. In 1981, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. Following his residency, he designed and implemented the first Geriatric Fellowship Program in Chicago. Roger then established a private practice in Monticello, Ill. Where he cared for patients from 1982-1990. In 1991, Dr. Weise began a specialized practice in Geriatric Medicine at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove, Ill. In 1995, he became the Medical Director of Older Adult Health Care, Bonaventure (Alexian) Medical Group. He continued to serve Older Adults as Medical Director at Little Sisters of the Poor in Palatine, Friendship Village in Schaumburg, Ill., and other various Older Adult communities. Throughout the years, Dr. Weise's compassionate care and knowledge of geriatric medicine had a positive impact on the lives of numerous patients and their loved ones. He shared his knowledge of the aging process through various venues-plays, presentations, and educational in-services. They were so entertaining (along with being educational) that he had developed a following of audience "regulars". Dr. Weise's "work family" will continue to serve the geriatric community while proudly honoring his legacy. Dr. Weise retired from AMITA Health Medical Group Older Adult Health Care in 2017 after serving patients for almost 40 years. In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing on Lake Cumberland and being close to nature. Throughout the years, Roger was entertained by his dogs, Wally, Betty, Elliot and Gretchen. He had a passion for music, especially singing and playing drums. Roger will be remembered as a loving husband, loyal friend and mentor, and a caring doctor who blessed so many people with the talents and abilities God gave him. Many will attest to his warm and caring heart, as he always offered a listening ear, and made people laugh with his great sense of humor. He had a brilliant mind, and loved to teach and minister to others. He was a great doctor, human being, and a dear friend to many. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Donations in Roger's memory may be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503, or St. Mildred Catholic Church, 203 S. Central Ave., Somerset, KY 42501. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 14, 2021 between 11 am - 12 pm St. Mildred Catholic Church, 203 Central, Somerset, KY. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12 pm at St. Mildred Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum, 7201 Archer Road, Justice, IL 60458. Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home, 647 North Main Street, Monticello, KY in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Daily Herald on Jan. 13, 2021.