Marius Julian Nefliu, MD, passed away on Monday, January 25th, 2021 in his family home in Clarksville, MD, after a fierce four-month struggle with cancer. He was 52. He was born in Roman, Romania on 29 Dec 1968 and was the son of Elena Nefliu, medical nurse, and the late Ioan Nefliu, Lt. Col. in the Romanian army. He was also a bigger brother to Ionut Nefliu. As an army brat, Marius grew up in several cities around the country. Following in his father’s footsteps, he attended the military high school “Stefan cel Mare” in Campulung Moldovenesc and then enrolled in the Military Medical Institute within Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, from which he graduated in 1994. Five years later he was accepted in the internal medicine residency program at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital (Columbia University) in New York City. Upon completion, he enrolled in the Pulmonary/Critical Care program at UMDNJ, NJ, but during the first year he accepted a position as internal medicine physician in Kokomo, IN in order to obtain permanent residency.
After five years he continued his studies and became a fellow in Critical Care at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY. He moved to Skippack, PA where his wife had started working at Merck, but practiced Critical Care medicine at the Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, MD as a member of the Critical Care Associates group, where he later became a partner. Although he commuted between PA and MD every other week and was away for his job half of the time, the 7 years spent in PA were the best of his life. In 2017 his family moved to Clarksville, MD to be closer to his job.
Marius was married to Marcela since Jul 1995. They met in college in Sep 1989 and were together for 31 wonderful years since the day they met. They faced many challenges but were strong together, and made their dreams come true. They obtained post graduate degrees in their adoptive country and were able to build a beautiful life, being proud of one another. Their daughter, Teodora, was born in 2002 in New York City. She will graduate from River Hill High School in 2021 and pursue a degree in illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design, OH.
Marius was a devoted husband and father, a loving and dutiful son and brother, and a trusted friend. He was a talented doctor and loved practicing medicine, but his life-long passion and hobby was history. He was an avid reader with an unquenched thirst for knowledge, had an encyclopedic mind and enjoyed having conversations and friendly debates on any subject, especially within his circle of friends. He was kind and generous, loved animals, and was friends with the whole world. He led a healthy lifestyle, working out or going for a run every single day, wherever he was. He loved traveling with his family and going for daily runs was a way to explore new places. He loved his adoptive country but dreamed of settling back to Romania upon retirement. Marius was deeply loved, and he will be greatly missed by his wife and daughter, mother, brother, aunts, cousins, friends, and colleagues.
Relatives and friends may visit the Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, PA, at 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, Maryland 21029 on Sunday, January 31st from 12:30 to 2:00 pm where a religious ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm. His remains will be shipped to Roman, Romania, to be buried in the family crypt, according to his wishes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made on his behalf to Saint Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church of Potomac, MD, for the construction project of Moldovita church. More information is available at https://sfantulandrei.org/?lang=en (english version) or https://sfantulandrei.org/ (romanian version).
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