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Zina-Virginia Stefanescu, age 91, of Brookline, died in Needham on February 17, 2017. Born in Bucharest, Romania on May 5, 1925 to the late Ioan and Constanta Gandu, she graduated University of Bucharest with a Master's Degree in Philology. She was married to Gheorghe Stefanescu for 64 years until his death in 2014. An accomplished educator, Zina-Virginia was a dedicated high school teacher for over 30 years, including 20 at Lyceum Tudor Vladimirescu in Bucharest. A lifelong lover of literature, she delighted in guiding young minds to discover the beauty and emotional depths of the written word. Some of her students won national literature competitions. Her activity extended beyond teaching: as a researcher in early 19th century literature, a director of school plays, an editor of the school's magazine and creator of an award-winning approach to teaching literature. She had an inquiring mind and was always eager for new ideas and experiences. She was passionate about combining beauty, symbolism, and substance in all her undertakings. She inspired all with her optimism, energy, and creativity. Most of all, she treasured sharing her life with her husband and family. She was the beloved wife of Gheorghe Stefanescu, sister to the late George Gandu, loving mother of Dan C. Stefanescu and C. Mugur Stefanescu, their wives, Eva I. Kampits and Melia Stefanescu, and devoted grandmother of Andreea N. Stefanescu Knudson and husband Zachary Knudson, Cristina F. Stefanescu and Alexandra M. Stefanescu. Visiting hours on Friday, February 24 from 5-8 PM at Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave., Needham. Services, followed by burial will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 11 AM at Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut St. Newton Center. Donations in her memory may be made to: St. Parascheva Romanian Orthodox Church, 171 Water St., Wakefield, MA 01880. For obit, directions or to share a memory of Mrs. Stefanescu, please visit www.eatonfuneralhomes.com