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Ion Vanciu was born in Lipova,Arad, on October 31, 1951 to Vasile and Silvia Vanciu, being the second child. His brother is Vasile, which we call Puiu, and he still lives in Romania. From an early age, he loved music learning how to play at 7 different instruments. His passion for music led him on the path of becoming an orchestra conductor. From 1994 to 1998 God called him into ministry and he became the church leader in Paulis, Arad. On a professional scale, he followed a carrier as an architect, which he worked as for 27 years.
In October, 1978 he married the most beautiful woman, Floarea Vinesar. A year later, he becomes a father for the first time through their first born, Ion Emanuel Vanciu; and 5 years later, he becomes a father for the second time through the birth of Ciprian Vanciu.
In June, 1998, winning the lottery visa, he came along with his family in Chicago and at the same time becoming a member at Philadelphia Romanian Church of God. In June,2004, he had the privilege to see his first-born son get married with Adina Mihaies. In July, 2006, Ion becomes a grand-father for the first time through the birth of Bryan Emanuel Vanciu. In June, 2007, he becomes a grand-father for the second time through the birth of Eliza Emanuela Vanciu. (we remember my father asking my brother and my sister-in-law to be careful what names they choose for their kids so he can pronounce them too) In May, 2010, God allows him to see his second son, Ciprian, marry Noemi Natasha Bora.
In September, 2023, God blesses him to see the most important decision of his grand-children come to life through their baptism in water and proclaiming their faith in Jesus.
In October, 2023, Ion and Floarea Vanciu celebrate 45 years of marriage. A marriage that had its share of obstacles and tough times but was also full of Gods blessings. A marriage where Christ was the foundation and love was the engine. A marriage that people only can dream of, but my parents had the opportunity to live it and enjoy each other for 45 years.
In January,23,2024, his number was called and the Good Lord called him home. Heaven received one of the greatest people that I ever known, my father, Ion Vanciu. You will always be in our hearts, you will never be forgotten, your love will live with us until our Heavenly Father will call each of us home. I love you dad!
I would like to share who my father, Ion Vanciu, was to us. As a husband, he was the most loving man that I have ever knew. He loved my mom with a Christ like love and he always put her first. He was the perfect blue print of what a husband should do and look like. The way he cared for my mom, the way he treated my mom, the way he spoke with my mom…me and my brother we have such big shoes to fill. He worked so hard to make sure that his family has all the necessities and then some. He was a selfless man that was full of kindness, humility and love. He loved to cook and Sunday lunches are going to be different without him. We will not hear the joy in his voice as he describes all the food that he made and especially to my wife: “Tasha, this I made especially for you because I knew you are going to like it.” My father loved all of us so much and he was so proud of his family, he made sure to remind us of how proud he was.
As a father, the best way I can put it in words, is to compare him with the father in the parable of the prodigal son. As boys, both me and my brother gave him a run for his money. We were not always the most behaved kids and we made a lot of mistakes. But just as the father in the parable was watching and waiting from a distance, so was my father; waiting on his kids to do better, to become better men. This mountain of a man, this superhero figure, and the reason why I say this is because I remember so vividly when I was about 7 or 8 years old, me and my dad came home and after he parked the car in the garage, I remember him getting out of the car and looking how he parked on an angle, he said “I’m too lazy to start the car again. I’ll just move it myself.” I didn’t understand what he meant but I watched this man, go and grab the back of the car and lift it up to the point that the back tires were off the ground and shift the car into the position that he wanted. I thought for sure I have the strongest dad in the world. This strong super-hero man was also so tender and so gentle to also love me and my brother unconditionally. Even though he did not applaud our mistakes, yet he had a way with words and a hug so warm that embraced us and made us feel accepted. The patience this man had shown us, the example that he was for us, he was present at every event in our lives and never missed an opportunity to be with his family. I wish all people would be blessed with a father that me and my brother had.
Ion was one of the best grand-fathers ever. His pride and joy were my niece and nephew. He was there from the beginning of their lives and he played a major role in shaping their character. He always wanted to be involved in their life, always wanted to be a part of it.
We will miss him greatly but we have a hope, the hope in Christ, that one day we will be together in paradise next to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all of you, I would like to thank everyone that is thinking and praying for us in this difficult time. May God bless you and repay you all with eternal life!