Nicholas Petrisca, 78, beloved father and grandfather, passed away November 12, 2005 as a result of a long, extended illness.


Nicholas was born in Arad, Romania, March 15,1927. He had a large family, which included 7 other siblings. He escaped from Nazi occupied Romania in 1944 and f led to Denmark. Following a brief stay in Brazil, he immigrated to the United States. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany after World War II. He moved to Detroit and attended Wayne State University eventually marrying Elvira Baltes. He then moved to California in 1958. He was a Tool and Die Maker by trade and worked for such companies as Ford, GM and Lockheed. He ultimately opened his own manufacturing companies and employed over 100 people at one point in' time. The last 26 years of his life he enjoyed working in his thriving surplus business, making countless friends and known by many who knew his generous personality.

He resided in the San Fernando Valley for the last 45 years. He has one son and three daughters. Our beloved "Tati" taught us to always battle the adversities of life with a sense of humor. He was always a fighter and always had a vision. His motto was "The day I stop working is the day I die."

Nick was the eternal optimist and a unique one of a kind individual. His caring and loving spirit shined on his family until the very end. If anyone had a problem, he would always try to make you feel good. His family was with him by his side as he entered eternal peace.


His soul walked into the light of Heaven on November 12, 2005 but his memories will always stay in his children's hearts.


On Tuesday-evening, November 15, Fr. Constantin Alecse officiated the wake service, followed by the Funeral, the following day, Wednesday November 16, 2005 at the Oakwood Cemetery Chapels in Chatsworth. The internment place: Oakwood Cemetery, Chatsworth.


On behalf of the Southern California Romanian Orthodox Church, the officiating priest, for and on behalf of the Romanian-American community extends the deepest condolences to Nick’s surviving family members: The four children: Nicholas Jr., Mary Ann, Rosana and Isabela, and their mother, Elvira Petrisca; The two brothers, Peter and Josef; The sisters, Maria, Ecaterina and Anna; and His eleven grandchildren.


May God rest His soul in peace! Dumnezeu sa-l ierte !

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