With sadness we announce the peaceful passing our mother Emma Roman. She enjoyed a full life of love, joy, friendship, and accomplishments.
Emma was born in Cernauti, Bukowina, Romania one of two daughters to Maria Helena (1896-1976) and Johann Zensner (1883-1945). Her loving sister was Irma (1924-1978) (& Kacymir (1918-1995)) who had two daughters Diane (& Debora) and Krystyna (1955-2006). Krys and husband, Andre had two daughters Tanya and Kyla. Kyla & Shahoo have a son Navid.
Emma, Irma and Grandma fled Romania during the war to Vienna, Austria and then Tunbridge Wells, England and finally to Canada. Emma married Constantin Roman in 1953 (63 years of marriage!) in Toronto and had two children Michael and Helen (& Bruce 1958-2016). Family was very important to our mother and she was thrilled to have her family with her in Canada.
Emma faced life with incredible courage, stamina, and drive. She was a passionate woman who took challenges head on and was a hard worker. In her early years she worked for insurance companies and banks. She and Constantin were founding members of the St. George’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Toronto where their devotion enabled the development of a strong community.
Emma and Constantin were partners in all regards. In 1961 they constructed a plaza at 5 Corners, Keswick where the family ran a car dealership and gas station called Roman Motors and a diner. Although she claimed to never like cooking her baking skills were well known and people came routinely to buy butter tarts and pies. After many years of hard work they retired and enjoyed their days on Lake Simcoe in Keswick. More recently they both resided at Fountain View Care Facility – together!
Emma had endless energy and visits with her sister’s family were treasured and full of laughter and love. Her friendship and hospitality extended widely as both our parents hosted friends and newer comers to Canada in their home. Mom made sure we were all well fed. Annually, they hosted a church picnic at the lake that was filled with dance, barbeques and friendship.
Emma was relentless in trying to provide a better life for her children for that we are very grateful. Mom lived a full life of 91 years and we are happy that she now rests in internal peace. .
With all our love Helen & Michael
Tuesday May 16th 11:00 am
St. George’s Romanian Orthodox Church
247 Rosethorn Ave, Toronto
20778 Leslie St., Queensville