The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

January 28, 2014

Teodora Vancea Mezo

Palestine Herald-Press

— Born July 4th, 1926 in Romania-Eastern Europe. Passed away January 23rd, 2014 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas. At the age of 87.

A memorial service in her honor will be held at a date to be announced.

At an early age she experienced the horrors of World War II, during in which her husband was killed. She was left alone to care for her family. She was a Holcaust survivor, escaping the mass deportations that took place between 1943 to 1945. After the war, she completed medical school in Romania while also working to support her family. But her true passion was taking care of her family. Which is why she immigrated to the USA in 1970, escaping yet again a newly communist regime also known as The Eastern Europe Block. While here she settled in Dallas, Texas until 1996. During her time in Dallas she obtained her Respiratory care nursing license and worked at various hospital in Dallas. At the same time she received Christ as her Lord & Savior at Gaston Oaks Baptist Church in Dallas, and participated in several humanitarian missions, helping many people around the world.

Grandma moved to Palestine, Texas to be closer to her grandson who was attending Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. While in Palestine, Texas, she became a member of Southside Baptist Church until her passing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gorg Petrovsky in 1943, and her parents.

She is survived by her grandson, Lucian and his wife Peggy of Frankston, Texas; her daughter, Victoria Petrovsky; her grandsons, Horatiu and Bogdan; her son-in-law and his wife, Marcel and Ileana; and her great-granddaughter, Raluca, all of Romania-Europe; and the many friends she made along the way.