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John Nicolae

September 6, 1937 October 28, 2018
John Nicolae
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Obituary for John Nicolae

John Nicolae passed away on October 28th, 2018. He was 81 years old. John was born September 6, 1937 to Ion and Maria Nicolae in Bucharest, Romania and was an only child. John married Gabriela Olaru, the love of his life, in 1960 and they had one child, Isabella.

John and his family escaped from Romania and came to the United States in 1974. He didn’t speak a word of English when he arrived, but John was hardworking and resourceful. He worked several jobs until he learned the language and could work in his field of graphic design. His hobbies included skiing, mountain climbing, bicycling, gardening, and photography which was his favorite through the end of his life.

John was a devoted family man and delighted in spending time with his wife, who was also his best friend, his daughter, his son-in- law, and his 3 grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He was a loving father and grandfather who will be remembered for his big heart, sense of humor, loyalty, work ethic, generosity and devotion.

He resided in Rochester Michigan, the remainder of his life. He is survived by his daughter Isabella (Nicolae) Van Dorn, his son-in-law Scott Van Dorn, and his 3 grandchildren, Erica Van Dorn, Alexander Van Dorn, and Parker Van Dorn. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ion and Maria Nicolae, and his loving wife, Gabriela Nicolae.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Roads.) in Clawson on Monday, November 19th from 5-8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, 1850 E Square Lake Road, Troy, on Tuesday November 20th at 10 am.


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