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Leslie McCorkle Houston

October 30, 1948 ~ January 14, 2020

Services will be held: at a later date

Deogracia Ostolaza-Guzman

05/12/1925 ~ 01/14/2020

Services will be held: January 16, 2020

Thomas Carlton Woodard

October 9, 1939 ~ January 12, 2020

Services will be held: January 15, 2020

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Paul David Gardner

September 18, 1924 ~ January 11, 2020

Services will be held: January 15, 2020

Linwood Carr Britt

May 29, 1926 ~ January 13, 2020

Services will be held: January 16, 2020

Maynard Gregory

October 29, 1946 ~ January 11, 2020

Services will be held: January 16, 2020

Carolyn “Jane” Jones Hubbard

Dec. 12, 1934 ~ Jan. 8, 2020

Services will be held: January 10, 2020

Marjorie Leonard Duke

November 26, 1926 ~ January 8, 2020

Services will be held: January 10, 2020

Ioan Bolohan

September 19, 1954 ~ July 17, 2019

Ioan “Ţuţu” Bolohan was born in Timişoara, Romania, and grew up in Bucharest. In his youth, he enjoyed studying martial arts, hiking the mountains of Transylvania, and tinkering with all types of electronics – ultimately leading to him obtaining a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the country’s top university.
Through his expertise in technology, Ioan was granted special authorization to travel outside of the Iron Curtain for international projects during the communist regime. Using this opportunity, he escaped Romania through Switzerland and settled in West Germany in 1986. It was in the West that he met his wife, Emine Burçak Bolohan, and together, they moved to the US in 1994. After touring the country, they settled in North Carolina, where they raised their two children, Benek (Benie) and Ioan (IB). Here, he achieved his lifelong American Dream – becoming a US citizen and starting a business through which he was able to positively impact his community. He loved skiing the Rockies, traveling the world, running half-marathons, experimenting with new recipes, swimming in the Mediterranean, piloting drones, sharing philosophical musings, telling stories, dancing at any given opportunity, and teaching his children all that he had learned in life.
Ioan made every moment count, lived life to the fullest, and fit decades of adventure into his short time on Earth. He lived to learn, laugh, and help others do the same.
He was a loving husband, father, and friend – a hero and an inspiration – and he will be dearly missed.
Ioan is survived by his wife, Emine Bolohan, of Raleigh, NC; his daughter, Benek Bolohan, of Atlanta, GA; his son, Ioan Bolohan, of Boston, MA; and his mother, Silvia Bolohan, of Bucharest, Romania. The family extends heartfelt thanks for the kindness and love shown by so many family members, neighbors, friends, and medical professionals as he battled multiple myeloma over the last six years. The outpouring of support has been a testament to the relationships Ioan built in his life, and has helped his family through this difficult time. The family appreciates all of the thoughts and prayers, and thanks everyone for the moments they shared with Ioan that gave his life beauty, color, meaning, and adventure.
His funeral services will take place at Bryan Lee Funeral Home at 831 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh, NC on July 27th at 1:30pm. During the service, guests will have an opportunity to share reflections in his memory. Ioan will be laid to rest at Historic Oakwood Cemetery at 701 Oakwood Avenue in Raleigh, NC at 3:30pm. A reception for friends and family will follow the committal service at 516 Grosvenor Drive in Raleigh, NC at 5:30pm.
If you choose to send flowers, they can be addressed to Bryan Lee Funeral Home. If you choose to make a donation in his memory, Ioan’s family supports Hope Lodge in Rochester, MN, and all donations in his name are appreciated. When Ioan was undergoing clinical trial treatments for multiple myeloma at the Mayo Clinic, this organization did a lot to care for him and his wife, supporting them during a difficult time.


July 27, 2019

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, North Carolina


July 27, 2019

2:30 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home Chapel
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, North Carolina


  1. Joel Dragelin

    One of the dearest friends I’ve had the joy of knowing, and his close presence in my life helped make my house my home. The experiences I had with Ioan have enriched me, and so many keep bringing a smile to my face despite this sad time for us who knew him well.

  2. Lynn and Art Samberg

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time. Ioan was a great person and we are so glad we had the opportunity to know him. We are truly saddened by his loss.

  3. Nermin Tezcan

    Dear Alkim and Burcak, I am deeply saddened to hear loss of Tutu,, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all family. He was a nice guy, dedicated father and a good husband in his way. I found my self smiling when I remembered the old days in Delaware. I am lucky to know all of you and Tutu. I am sure he will rest in peace.

  4. Reşat Şentürk

    Benim Sevgili Kuzenlerim, Tutu ile birlikte İstanbul ve Amerika’da geçirdiğimiz güzel günler geldi gözümün önüne… Tutu’nun bana saatlerce Amerika’da ki gezilecek yerleri haritalar üzerinden yerde oturarak paylaştığı günleri hiç unutmayacağım. Prensip sahibi ve düzenli bir örnek baba olarak onu daima takdir ettim. Benek ve Çağrı gibi iki harika çocuğu Burçak ile hayata kazandırdı. Toprağı bol olsun.
    Sevgili Kuzenlerim sizlere sabır diliyorum.

  5. James McCullough

    Deepest condolences Burcak, to you and your complete family.

  6. Catalina Baeder ( born Popescu )

    Tutu was my dearest uncle and a part of my childhood . I admired the handsome , sportive young men that could repair almost everything (radio, tv , phone, bicycle ) and was such a good student. Although the life separated us we, both felt the same strong connection from the time in Romania .I know he was very proud of his wife and of his children. My heart and my thoughts are with Tutu ‘s family in this irreparable lost . I am very sad that his life was so short ! Rest In Peace my dear Tutu !

  7. Tom Marcin

    So sorry for your personal loss Burcak, Ioan sounds like a great human being, and thus a loss, not only to your family, but to humanity. We, in your professional life, can tell by the way you spoke of him that he was a source of love, inspiration, energy and positivity. I wish I had a chance to meet him. Fortunately, he lives on through you and your AMAZING children. Thoughts and prayer!

  8. Gayle Bonner

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. May memories of happy, healthy times sustain you!

    Ed, Gayle and Leigh-Kathryn Bonner

  9. John Dingman

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I always enjoyed chatting with Ioan about our shared business. He had many good insights. I also greatly appreciated the things he shared about his past. Not many have lived such a full life. I never had the opportunity to ride in an auto with him, but I’m told it was an exciting experience!
    John and Cathy Dingman

  10. John Manz

    Ioan was a friend and he liked to discuss politics and technology. I wanted him to get to have a Tesla, and I enjoyed his story about driving one that belonged to his neighbor. We will miss him.

  11. Sergio Ferrara

    My deepest sympathy to you Burcak and your family.

  12. Kathy Ellis

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.

  13. Sarah & Brian Emmett

    Burcak, Benne, and IB – We love you all! While we knew Ioan through IB, I can see how his dedication and LOVE shine through you all. I’m so happy to know your family and I pray that the beautiful memories I saw in the video flood your memories soon and bring you happiness and peace as a family! His positive legacy will live on through you all…

  14. Christine Ardos

    une rencontre à la croisée des chemins en Roumanie,
    des repas , des rires et des des larmes partagés en Suisse,
    des appréhensions et de l enthousiasme, puis une certaine sérénité au moment .
    le choix de l Amérique, pour continuer une vie en zigzag
    merci pour ces moments forts. tellements personnels et pour la confiance
    je me souviens avec beaucoup d émotion, et Sanyi aussi
    je pense à tous ceux et à toutes celles qu ‘ il a rencontrés, appréciés et aimés et à tous ceux et toutes celles qui qui l’ ont rencontré, apprécié et aimé

  15. Deb Boehling

    Burcak – You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Ioan was an inspiration.

  16. Dan Waugh

    My sympathies and thoughts are with you and your family.

  17. Kathleen Schmidt

    Praying for you and your family during this very difficult time.

  18. Marcelo Nicolozzi

    My deepest sympathies and we are praying for your family.

  19. Kobie

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Burcak and your family.
    Mr Ioan was a caring person with many good insights and always thought about the people that worked for him.
    He always found the time to talk about his successful family, when he was talking about his kids he had tears in his eyes, on day he said ,I wished i raised them right.
    He told me that his son said, dad I hope I can raise my kids like you raised us.

  20. Nila Garcia

    Deepest condolences Em, to you and your family.

  21. Patricia Altar

    My condolence it’s was blessings to work for him he always be in our heart


    Tutu – Ioan Bolohan was one of best friends one could have. Tutu was born to research and try things never tried before. When he arrived in the professional electronics laboratory in Bucharest, everybody knew immediately that an electronic circuitry wizard arrived.
    In a country where people did not have passports, he was sent for quantometry training in Switzerland. His skills kept the Bausch and Lomb quantometer at the cement factory in Aleppo working for 45 days without intervention, the final step to deliver the whole factory. In Germany he amazed professors at the University of Saarbruecken and was soon in grand demand by major German companies. Once in America Tutu was curios to decipher the mechanisms of the business in the free world, he took another challenge.
    Tutu had a lust for life, always determined to do something in the best way with enthusiasm that inspired.
    His thirst for freedom symbolically enabled him to learn to turn his skis in less than one week, and Tutu liked to swim in the open waters of the Ocean, not in a pool. When he talked about his family a light was in his eyes and nothing was higher than the pride for his kids achievements.
    Rest in peace best friend – Thank you for taking me on that slope where I met Mariana.
    Odihneste te in pace.
    M & M

  23. Family Stoia

    We want to express our deepest and sincerest condolences on the loss of Ţuţu and may his soul rest in peace. We will always remember him as the bravest, courageous man who fulfilled his American dream.

  24. Ahmed Osman

    Em…please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. May his soul rest in peace.

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