The popular Maisach doctor Gabriela Popescu died unexpectedly at the age of 65.
- Gabriela Popescu celebrated her 65th birthday just over a year ago.
There was a big party and a big surprise - a film with pictures from their lives and with cell phone videos of all those friends who couldn't be there that evening.
From Romania, Chicago and California they wished their Gaby - fit, healthy and cheerful as she always was - many more happy years.
Nobody could have guessed that it would be her last birthday.
Gabriela Popescu cried for joy and was deeply touched by the film.
Today he comforts the many people close to her who are stunned by her death.
In her large circle of friends, the passionate doctor had always looked after everyone - with her medical knowledge, with empathy and care at all levels.
She wanted to become a doctor when she was a little girl in Romania.
She later studied medicine in Munich, where the family had emigrated.
Gabriela Popescu worked in medical research for years before she decided to become a general practitioner.
When she took the exam, she was 50 years old and not the only one in the family who was studying - the older of her two daughters was graduating from high school.
There is great dismay in the community of Maisach these weeks.
Here, Gabriela Popescu and Birgit Bartel had been running a general practice on Hauptstrasse for 15 years.
“Her job was her life,” says Birgit Bartel about her deceased colleague.
The two had known each other since studying.
Gabriela Popescu was an old school doctor - one who gave patients their home number and was there for them after work.
It was not uncommon for Romanian compatriots from Munich to come to the Maisach practice.
The doctor also worked two days a week in the official investigation center of the government of Upper Bavaria.
Gabriela Popescu could have retired at the age of 65, but the thought was far from her.
“She just really enjoyed her work,” say the daughters Stephanie and Saskia.
Her mother even planned to register for service at one of the Covid-19 vaccination centers.
Despite the high level of professional commitment, she always made time for her girls.
The two remember many joint ventures, trips and vacations.
In addition to the beautiful childhood, they give their mother great credit for not pushing them in any professional direction, but rather giving them time and space to find their own ways - and supporting them as much as possible.
A few years ago, the three of them took an emotional journey into the past in Gabriela Popescu's Romanian home village.
After decades she saw the house where she was born again, met former schoolmates and even former teachers on the street.
The whole village welcomed their mother, the daughters report.
"And we have found a piece of home there too."
In her free time, the cheerful doctor rarely rested.
She preferred to go mountain hikes with her partner or take long walks - the main thing is that she was outside in nature.
Why the active woman, who did not suffer from any ailments, was suddenly torn from life is incomprehensible to everyone who knew her.
Gabriela Popescu died shortly before her 66th birthday.
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