In memory of

Cristiana Amza

August 1, 1968 -  September 8, 2023

Cristiana was born in 1968 in Bucharest, Romania. Growing up she discovered a passion for computer science which led her to Bucharest Polytechnic University (1986-1991) where she met her future husband, Marius.

In 1993 she followed her passion halfway across the world to Houston TX where she enrolled in graduate studies at Rice University. She went on to complete her master's degree in 1997 and immediately started her PhD at the same University with the goal of becoming a professor. Along the way she gave birth to two wonderful children, Stefan and Gabriela. Despite the difficulty of juggling her role as a mother and the rigors of her PhD program, through her perseverance and tenacity she achieved her dream in 2003.

Thus, she began her new life as an Assistant Professor at the ECE department of University of Toronto accompanied by her loving family. Her hard work and dedication to her profession earned her the position of Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2018.

Throughout her teaching career, she touched the lives of countless students and coworkers. She was a mentor to other newcomers, a supportive friend to her colleagues and a much-valued voice in her department. Many that knew her remarked that she was a generous soul and an incredibly thoughtful individual. At home she was always a nurturing mother, forever striving to bring the best in her children.

Even though she is no longer with us, Cristiana will always live-on in the loving memory of her family who miss her dearly.

To honor that memory, a service will be held at 1:00 PM on September 18, 2023, in the Funeral Centre at York Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are invited to CAMH here:


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Deepa Kundur (Friend and Colleague)

Entered September 14, 2023 from Toronto

Dear Marius and Family, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Cristiana was a valued faculty member of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto for 20 years. She was a kind colleague, caring mentor to students and loyal friend. May she have the peace and joy she very much deserves. It was a privilege to be her colleague and friend.

Andreas Moshovos (Colleague)

Entered September 14, 2023

I am privileged to have met and worked with Cristiana. One of a kind, intelligent and gentle person

Corina Iliescu and Marius Ivan (Friends)

Entered September 14, 2023 from Richmond Hill

Dear Family and Friends of Cristiana Amza,
It is with deep sorrow that we gather to pay our respects and bid farewell to Cristiana. In these moments of profound grief, we come together to honor her memory and reflect upon the indelible impact she left on our lives. RIP.
With sympathy, Corina and Marius Ivan

Annette Keenleyside (IBM Colleague)

Entered September 14, 2023 from Aurora, Ontario

Dear Marius. I am so very sorry for the sudden loss of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Maria and Radu Negulescu (Friends)

Entered September 14, 2023 from Aurora

Crina, we hope you found peace and are at ease. We will always remember you and we will cherish all the memories we’ve made together: camping with the kids, going to the parks, Christmas or New Years Eve dinners but mostly we will miss the discussions and opinions on many topics.
Marius, Stefi and Gabi: we are here for you! It is painful that she’s gone but your mom made sure you are strong and resilient and she will be the flickering star up in the sky watching and guiding you as she always did. Condolences.

Love always,

Mari, Radu and Sebi


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