Aug. 12, 1925 - Dec. 21, 2018
The Rev. Vincent Nick Rosheger, Sr., affectionately known as “Brother” by his siblings, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 21, 2018, in Boerne at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Nina Lee (nee Norman) Rosheger of Boerne; their children, Vincent Nick Rosheger, Jr., of Atlanta, Georgia, Christiane and Jonathan Rosheger of Rome, Italy, Sara and Peter Rosheger of Highland Park, Illinois, Perri and John Rosheger of Boerne and James Rosheger of Atlanta, Georgia; his grandchildren Ela and Adriele Rosheger, Ruama and Matt Kruse, Sydney and Giosia Rosheger, Rachel Rosheger, Esther Rosheger, Hannah Rosheger, Cristina Rosheger and Vincent Rosheger; and great-grandchildren Jedida and Manaen Rosheger.
Vincent was born to Margaret Fizande and Nick Rosheger on Aug. 12, 1925, in Beaumont as a first-generation Italo-American. He was the third youngest and last surviving child of 10 siblings. He graduated from Beaumont High School in 1941 and attended Lamar College for one year before entering the Navy in 1942, where he served dutifully in the South Pacific during WWII until 1946. Upon completion of his military service, he attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1950 from the Pastor’s Course. There he met the love of his life and they married in 1950 in Bozeman, Montana, after Vincent was ordained at Washington Boulevard Christian Church in Beaumont. He became pastor of Manhattan Bible Church in Montana that same year.
In 1953, he and his wife became missionaries with Slavic Gospel Association (SGA). For the next eight years, they worked largely with Slavic refugees at a camp near Rome, Italy. They later expanded their ministry to include weekly Bible studies with women and international teenagers, a Bible Club for Italian children and prayer groups and Bible conferences. They remained in Italy for nearly two decades, becoming fluent in the Italian language.
After returning to the States in 1973, Vincent was asked to fill the role of missionary pastor at Kenai Bible Church in Kenai, Alaska. He faithfully served that community for 11 years. In 1985, as the church became independent of the mission, he answered a call by SGA to minister in the mission’s office in Vienna, Austria. There Vincent served as pastor both to SGA missionaries working in Austria and to Eastern European pastors, often crossing the then known “iron curtain” into Warsaw, Poland, to teach in the Evangelical Seminary.
He officially retired in 1987 and relocated with his wife to the Norman family home in Bozeman, Montana. He also continued to travel to Poland annually to teach students in the Bible Seminary for the next nine years.
He and Nina Lee moved to Boerne to be near family in 2009. Vincent taught a men’s Bible study at the Heritage Place where they resided. He also preached and taught on several occasions at Boerne Bible Church, their home church.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. at Boerne Bible Church, 1026 E. Blanco Road, Boerne.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the following: via check to Grace Bible Church at 3625 S 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59718 with Jonathan/Adriele Rosheger in the memo line or via online at gbcmt.org and click on GIVE. (Under the line FUND, there is a drop-down menu designation for Jonathan and Adriele.)
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.