Obituary of Esther Viola Petrescu
Esther Viola Petrescu (nee:Aasen) passed away peacefully on Saturday May 9th, 2020 in Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of 95. She was born in the fall of 1924 on November 1st in Scotsguard, Saskatchewan to parents Ole and Lise Aasen. Esther was one of six children, four brothers and one sister. Esther was married the summer of 1946 to Simon (Sam) Petrescu into a Romanian Orthodox family. Together they had two amazing children Betty and Donald (Doc) who gave her so much enjoyment. Esther had lived in Moose Jaw since 1953 and made so many great memories. Throughout her life she worked as a teacher for six and a half years around rural Saskatchewan. She then went on to work at Simpsons-Sears-Clark where she spent 17 years. Esther retired from her formal working career as a manager of Francine’s Ladies Wear after eight memorable years. In that time she made friends that would stay with her for her life-time, they still shared coffee time together. With free time on her hands she could spend more time with her love of crocheting until she couldn’t anymore. Esther also loved to bowl and play bingo in the afternoons and enjoy coffee with friends. No sport could compare to her love of baseball. She followed the Toronto Blue Jays in almost a religious fashion, tried never to miss a game, she even kept track during training camps. Esther’s mother Lise was her greatest inspiration in life. “She was always helping anyone who was in need. She never complained of pain or when things were tough. She was the most wonderful mother.” Esther was so much like her mother in a lot of ways. Esther always said her greatest accomplishment in life was her daughter and son. It was so clear to see her greatest love was her family. She was always proudly talking about her family, especially how she got to see five generations in her lifetime. At the age of 95 she was still proudly living independently in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She did all her own shopping and was still making home cooked meals. Always had to provide a snack to those who came for a visit. Esther truly had the kindest, most loving heart. She was loved and will be deeply missed by family and friends. She will live on forever in our hearts and fond memories. Esther was predeceased by her husband, Simon (Sam) Petrescu; parents, Ole and Lise Aasen; siblings, Melvin Aasen, Orville Aasen, Gilman Aasen, Alfred Aasen, and Luella Island; son, Donald “Doc” Petrescu; daughter Betty Petrescu; and grandson Jerry Pottruff. Esther is survived by daughter-in-law June Petrescu; son-in-law Randy Wadsworth; grandchildren Diana Pottruff, Tammy Taylor, David Pottruff (Lisa), Peter Petrescu (Cherie), Melissa Petrescu (Allan), and Lorie Boulanger; great-grandchildren Alex, Dakota, Stephanie, Kari, Jesse, Chris, Desiree, Veronica, Joey, Austin, Brooke, Emily, Dominic, Blake, and Kimberly; great-great-grandchildren Echo, Henry, Deo and Luther; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (55 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7) or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada (20 Eglinton Ave. W., 16th Floor, Toronto, ON M4R 1K8). In living memory of Esther, a memorial planting will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Services.
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