Archive for Wednesday, November 6, 2002


November 6, 2002


Memorial services for Nick Constantinescu, 80, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Constantinescu died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City. He was cremated.

He was born Nov.1, 1921, at Bucharest, Romania, the son of Jon and Catherine (Bucurescu) Constantinescu. He attended school in Romania, graduating in 1933. After high school he attended trade school in Romania where he trained as a millwright. He joined the Romanian Army at the age of 18 and fought on the Russian front. After the war he moved to Austria where he met his wife, Karin Garher. They were married Feb. 12,1948, in Linz, Austria.

In August of 1951, Nick, his wife, Karin, and their son, Marion, moved to the United States. They moved to the Lake Latawana, Mo., area where they lived until 1954 when they moved to Baldwin City.

Mr. Constantinescu worked for the Sunflower Ammunitions Plant in DeSoto for five years. He started his own mechanic's garage when they moved to Baldwin City. He then worked for the Ship-Winter Chevrolet dealership in Lawrence before being hired at the General Motors plant in 1963. He retired from GM in 1987.

He was a member of the UAW Local Union No. 31. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Abdullah Shrine Temple in Kansas City and a member of the Sriners Antique Car Club.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Marion Constantinescu and his wife, Julie, Baldwin City; one daughter, Diana Gates and her husband, Gary, Lawrence; two grandchildren; one brother, Gheorghe Constantinescu and one sister, Stephania Tudor, both of Romania.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Marion Constantinescu.

A private family inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Douglas County Hospice, Cottonwood Incorporated, or Ives Chapel United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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