Dumitru Ciobuca, known to his family and friends as “Mimo or Mitica”, calmly passed away in his sleep on June 6th, 2020 in Ossining, NY after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his immediate family during his final days, and drew his last breath with his wife and daughter by his side. Dumitru was born to Ion Ceabuca and Fraxula Ceabuca ( Bagiuiani) in November 1940. He grew up in Romania, where he started his own family, and moved to the United States in the mid 80's to start a new life of opportunity for his wife and daughter. His life was not easy having to leave his birth place and start all over in a new country, but he worked hard, provided for his family, made new friends and maintained the ties with the dear ones he left behind.
How does one summarize the life of a person in a couple sentences, when not even a series of novels would do? You certainly cannot with Mimo. In his 791/2 years , he lived through WWII as a kid, recession and shortages, political changes when Eastern Europe switched to Communism and it's doctrine that affected his family losing their livelihood, then he re-started a new life here as an immigrant having to integrate into the American way of life and witnessed the events and changes that occurred here as well. He lived a life full of culture, adventure, and love, and passed on leaving behind many positive memories. Mimo was a kind, knowledgeable, honest man, and always sought to help others. He had a love for classical music, visual arts and languages, (spoke Romanian, Italian, Greek, some Russian and English) He was passionate about Italian Italian and loved to speak at length any chance he had with other Italian speakers. He was also an avid soccer supporter especially of the team AC Milan and tennis, following every tournament with genuine interest.
He and his wife moved to Ossining, NY, in 2004 to help raise their grandchildren. He would wait for them at the bus stop after school and make them his signature snack--toasted bagels with melted butter, feta cheese, and tomatoes--while they did their homework.
As his spirit leaves our world, he will continue to watch over his wife Maria Doina Ciobuca, daughter Julia Ciobuca, brother Nicu (Apostol) Ceabuca, son-in-law Radu Ilioiu, and granddaughters Emma and Celine Brad as well his other family members, sisters Maria & Cornelia, nieces Antonela Ceabuca, Laura & Antonela Teodorescu, Larisa Aponte (Ceabuca), Adriana Anairda (Ciabuca), Gabriela Zainea (Poenaru), nephew John Ceabuca and grandnieces Alexis & Emily (Ema) plus grandnephew Nicholas. He lived a full life, and will always be remembered by loved ones near and far.
Mimo is in a better place now, and will be laid to rest at St. Augustine Cemetery, 75 Hawks Avenue with rt. 134, Ossining, NY on June 10th, 2020, under a great Willow tree. "Te iubim pana la soare si inapoi"!
Unfortunately, due to the Pandemic restrictions, we cannot host visitations or hold a wake at the funeral home ( Leach & Thomas 40 S. Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562), however, we hope to celebrate his life with more friends and family once COVID restrictions are lifted.
Many thanks go to his team of doctors at the Cancer Institute from Phelps Memorial Hospital lead by Doctor Anna Komorowski, NP Susan Bader, entire staff from their office and the Infusion Center that took care of him in the last 3 years like an extended family member . And ultimately, we thank the Home Hospice team at Westchester & Putnam for their caring, compassionate professionals like Jean Cruz-home nurse, Tina-the on-call nurse, Mirlin Jacobs and Mrs. Coote-field nurses, Janice the social worker, Christine the nurse manager, and the doctors and medical equipment delivery personnel (like Jared) plus all the rest that worked behind the scene helping manage the final phase with comfort and dignity.
Instead of flowers, a donation can be made to the St. Ambrose Orthodox Church, PO box 693,Putnam Valley, NY 10579-0693
LEACH & THOMAS FUNERAL HOME
45 S. Highland Ave
Ossining, New York 10562
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