Agnes Elena Nanu

October 24, 1958 ~ January 8, 2021 (age 62)


Agnes was born in Bucharest, Romania, on October 24, 1958. She grew up in Bucharest where she earned her master’s in 1982. She had the fortune to grow up living next to the man who would be her other half, her husband Cris of 35 years. She arrived in the United States in 1994 with a three-year-old daughter, Cristiana, and pursued a second masters which she earned in 1998. She became a naturalized US citizen while passing on her heritage to her daughter through stories and cooking.

Agnes was an amazing wife and mother, never failing to be there for her family whenever the need arose. This meant everything from big events like helping her daughter move out of state to college and then law school, to small things, like just being there to listen to her husband about a bad day. She also never said no to a family movie marathon with popcorn, a trait she passed to her daughter.

Agnes was a force of nature and had a strength that knew no bounds, especially when she fought for those she loved. She was a rare soul that knew humility and the importance of being kind to others. Her kindness extended to two legged souls and four legged souls alike. She adopted five rescue dogs over the years and their tails were never still when she was in the room.

Her favorite hobbies were painting and growing orchids. She loved to paint scenes from nature and make them come alive through her texture, colors, and composition. When she wasn’t painting, she was nurturing orchids and finding new ways to make them bloom, even when this meant waiting years for one plant to blossom.

She wanted people to remember her and be happy, so as she wished, there will be no services/funeral for her. She will be remembered in the hearts of those she touched throughout her life.

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