Gheorghe (Gelu) Oprean

Gheorghe (Gelu) Oprean, age 63 of La Grange, formerly of Romania. Beloved and devoted husband of Elena Oprean, nee Iambor; loving father of Oana (Marius) Sandru, cherished and doting grandfather of Vanessa Sandru; caring brother of Dana (Iacob) Vlad; fond brother-in-law of Mihai Iambor, dear son-in law of Aneta Iambor, much loved cousin of Delia Rasinariu, and many other cousins and friends.

Gelu passed away in a tragic car accident while visiting Romania. Arrangements have been made to have him transported home to his final resting place. Gelu leaves behind his heartbroken family. Gelu was extremely loving, caring and devoted; he was the heart of the family. He will be forever remembered, loved and deeply missed.

(Dates and times subject to flight status).

Visitation (Lying in State) Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 5 P.M. to 10 P.M., with wake service at 7 P.M. at Holy Nativity Romanian Orthodox Church, 5825 N. Mozart Street, Chicago, IL 60659. Funeral on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 10 A.M. at Holy Nativity Romanian Orthodox Church.

Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien.  Luncheon to follow.

Memorials appreciated to the Gheorghe (Gelu) Oprean Family.

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  1. David and Patty Jones condolence:

    Patty and I only had the pleasure of meeting Gheorghe once a couple of weeks ago when he came to help Nick. He lit up our home with his presence and his grace. He was such an open and warm person, sharing some stories of the old country with us, we could have talked with him for hours. It is rare when you meet someone that touches you to the core, Gheorghe was one of those people. We will cherish the memory of our meeting. We send our deepest condolences to you all and hope that Gheorghe continues to smile down on you.

  2. Ștefania Banciu (Cabel) condolence:

    Sincere condoleante! Cu regret in suflet ca nu suntem alături de familia îndurerată! Dumnezeu sa-l odihnească în pace!

  3. Familile Toparcean Nicolae si Eugenia si copiii Arina si Paul condolence:

    Dragii nostri,
    Ne pare extrem de rau de pierderea suferita si dorim sa aveti puterea necesara pentru a depasi aceste momente dificile.
    Suntem alaturi de voi, sincere condoleante.

  4. Maria Williams condolence:

    Dearest Oana and family,
    So deeply saddened by your loss. Placing my hope and trust in the Lord that we will all be reunited one blessed day in God’s Kingdom forever, where there is no more pain or loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I will keep you in prayer.

  5. Fam.Burulea. condolence:

    Odihna veșnică!
    Bunul Dumnezeu sa va mingiie inimile și sufletul îndoliat.
    Sincer și cu mult respect fam.Burulea.

  6. Anca Pienariu condolence:

    Dumnezeu sa-l aibă in paza lui!Sincere condoleanțe! Mircea și Anca Pienariu Sebes

  7. Familia Ana si Mihai Sarafoleanu veri condolence:

    Dumnezeu sa l odihneasca in pace.
    cu sufletul alaturi de voi.
    Sincere confoleante.

  8. Rosie Pittman condolence:

    Gheorghe was such a hard working wonder Man. Alway showing me pictures of his beautiful Granddaughter Vanessa. So many stories he shared about his Wife and daughter Oana and his family. He truly will be missed by many. My Condolences to you all. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  9. Monica Garcia from Paul J Quetschke condolence:

    George was the happiest person filled with life. He lit a room up when he entered. I will forever remember George as the best Grandfather that loved his Vanessa. Me and him would share pictures of his baby granddaughter Vanessa and my son. I knew him a very short time but it felt like I’ve known him a very long time. His smile was endless and his heart was gold. God has taken Home and may he Rest In Peace. My prayers go out to his family that he cherished so much. God bless his soul may he watch over his family in this time of mourning.

  10. Robyn Streckert from Paul J Quetschke & Co condolence:

    We are deeply sorry about the loss of Gheorghe. As you grieve, know that we are remembering and honoring him. We’ll remember Gheorghe in many ways with a big smile and a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

  11. Gabriela(Oprean) Muican Hunedoara condolence:

    Nu pot sa cred ca nu am mai apucat sa ne vedem vere…sunt cel putin 28 de ani de cand nu ne-am vazut, pacat…dar eu asa te voi pastra in suflet om bun si plin de viata….Dumnezeu sa te odihneasca in pace si multa putere familiei sa meargă mai departe cu golul pe care cu siguranta l-ai lasat! Sincere condoleante si regrete!

  12. Gabriela Muican Hunedoara condolence:

    E cumplit, nu mi vine sa cred, ne am vazut acum vreo 28 de ani si asa te voi pastra in sufletul meu..vesel, glumet, om bun…Condoleante familiei si multa putere sa mearga mai departe cu golul lasat de tine!

  13. Gabriela(Oprean) Muican Hunedoara condolence:

    Nu am cuvinte decat regrete ca nu ne am vazut de 28 de ani….Mare durere, pacat…om vesel, deschis mereu pus pe glume…Condoleante familiei….

  14. Fam ologu condolence:

    Sincere condoleante Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca in pace

  15. Cezar Sandu condolence:

    Soarele vietii a apus pentru o fiinta atat de scumpa mie. Gelu a fost pentru mine si Mariana ca fratele nostru; un suflet atat de ales, vesel, generos, oricand gata sa ajute pe cei in nevoie. In acest univers al tristetii, imi raman stelele minunatelor amintiri, care sa-mi aline adanca durere din suflet. Intregii familii cele mai sincere si profunde condoleante. Bunul Dumnezeu sa-i mantuiasca sufletul.

  16. Monica si Lucian Blaga condolence:

    Gelu a fost si ramine cel mai iubit dintre paminteni! Ne e foarte greu sa ne imaginam viata de zi cu zi fara el. Gelu a fost ca o cometa care ne-a luminat sufletele si viata prin prezenta sa, cu dragostea sa pentru sotie, fiica, nepoata, familie, si toti cei din jur! Gelu a avut intotdeauna vorbe blinde si cuvinte frumoase pentru toata lumea! He will be missed and never forgotten! He will always be in our hearts! Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca in pace!

  17. Rodica and Ghita Mandea condolence:

    Rest in peace Gelu and for the family,God be with you.

  18. Adriana and Sorin Stan condolence: condolence:

    Rest in peace nenea George. We will always remember your kind and cheerful words for us. You were always ready to go the extra mile just to make sure everything was done the right way. You will be missed. For the family, we pray that our good Lord bless your hearts with strength and peace in this difficult time.

  19. Cristina Darieux si. Ioan Cretiu condolence:

    Cu multa durere am inteles ca ai plecat de langa noi !! Ne Vom aminti intodeauna de chipul tau senin,si plin de Veselie,aproape conragioasa cand intrai tantr-o casa Odihneste in pace !Prieten bun’

  20. Cristina Darieux. Ioan Cretiu condolence:

    Am inteles ca ai plecat dinttre. Noi !Nu Vom Mai auzy glumele tale rasul tau contagios DAR STIM,CA ESI INTR-Un loc ma bun , DEASEMENI PENTU FAMILIA TA FRUMOASA DORESC PPACE SI LINISTE SUFLETEASCA !! Doamne ajuta !!!Odihneste in pace !!

  21. Mircea SABAU TATAR condolence:

    Nu pot sa cred. Tarziu am aflat ca si tu ti-ai pierdut viata pe drumurile din Romania. Anul viitor (2019) am fi avut 45 de ani de la terminarea liceului. Nu te putem uita, prieten drag.
    Bunul Dumnezeu sa te odihneasca in pace. Suntem alaturi de familia ta greu incercata.

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