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Ion Mihaescu

August 16, 1937 October 17, 2021
Ion Mihaescu
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Obituary for Ion Mihaescu

Ion Mihaescu was born on August 16, 1937 in Scundu, Romania. His biological parents were Gheorghe Radulescu and Maria Calinescu. However, he was raised by Dumitru Mihaescu & Elisabeta Alexandru. Dumitru was Gheorghe’s uncle from his mother’s side. Dumitru and Elisabeta never told Ion that they were not his biological parents, and Ion found out mid-life about his origins. This had a profound impact on his life.

Ion moved from Romania to Brazil around age 9 and moved to the United States in 1973, at the age of 36. In 1997, he visited Romania with his son, Dan, and he met his two surviving biological sisters, Elisabeta and Elena, his two nieces and two nephews, and visited the graves of his biological mother and father.

Ion married Edelza Freire in September 1973 and divorced in January 1998. He had three children with Edelza: Dan, Tatiana, and Andre. He loved his children with a passion and depth that was unmatched. He was also immensely proud of his three grandchildren, Ethan Mihaescu, Jordan Fisher, and Jackson Fisher.

Ion died on October 17, 2021 after being struck by a motor vehicle while crossing 13 Mile Road on foot in Royal Oak. He was on his way to the 7-Eleven across from his apartment to buy snacks, as he so often did.

Ion spent his working years as a structural engineer, helping in the design of the Fermi II nuclear power plant in Southeast Michigan.

Ion was always passionate about Brazil, given that he spent his youth and young adult years there. He dreamed of returning to that country and would always talk about it with family. Well before the internet age or cable tv, Ion set up a short wave radio with wires stretching across the back yard to listen to Brazilian radio broadcasts from his home in Berkley, Michigan.

He always befriended the owners of businesses he visited, usually becoming loyal friends for life. When he asked questions of others, he genuinely cared about what they had to say. He had a smile that was broad and full of life - pure and authentic. His hobbies involved collecting watches, sunglasses, and baseball caps. He had pet birds and pet fish.

He suffered from an illness at a very young age that was treated with UV lights. This affected the hair follicles on his head, causing some hair to not regrow. This was an insecurity that he always harbored. This, like other illnesses he endured, were the inevitable obstacles of life. He believed in persevering and struggling through them, to “stay strong”, no matter what they might be.

Ion was profoundly empathetic and kind. He was affectionate and loving. His holiday cards were always several paragraphs long, full of emotion and feeling. One never wondered how Ion felt about something. He wore his emotions on his sleeve.

He was fond of nature. He was especially fond of birds and trees. He planted and nurtured many trees over the course of his life, and would always point to them and say, “when I am gone, remember that I planted those trees.”

Ion was very sentimental and became emotionally attached to his belongings. He would offer these to his children and grandchildren, asking that they keep the physical objects to remember him. But we would always tell him that he would be missed, not because of his belongings, but because of who he was - a humble, generous, and kind man, with an infinite amount of love for his family and friends.

Ion will be sorely and deeply missed, and always remembered, by his surviving children and grandchildren and all those whose life he touched.

A Romanian Orthodox Funeral Service will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks, Clawson, Thursday, October 21st, at 12 Noon. Friends may visit beginning at 10am.

Committal services will take place in St. Mary Cemetery, Vatra Romaneasca, Grass Lake.

A link to the recorded video of Mr. Mihaescu's funeral services and the Eulogy Speech by his son, Dan Mihaescu, are provided below.

Eulogy Speech

Funeral Service


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