Marioara ‘Mia’ Struteanu

Marioara ‘Mia’ Struteanu

Marioara ‘Mia’ Struteanu, of Salt Lake City, passed away peacefully in her home on May 8th at 90 years old. 

Mia was born on December 1 to Eleana and Stefan Pruteanu in Comanesti, Romania. She attended high school and went on to attend Art School finishing with a degree focused on Religious Artworks. Over the arc of two decades, Mia built a career as a Byzantine painter and acquired experience and accolades, having painted the murals of two dozen Romanian-Orthodox churches all over Romania.   

In 1980 Mia made the journey to Canada to care for her ailing brother and then made a final move to Utah in 1981, where she would reside for the remainder of her life. In 1983 Mia was baptized as a member of the LDS Church and began her career with the Church as an Art Conservator. 

Mia’s career with the LDS Church flourished and in 1987 she restored a number of paintings in preparation for a display titled, “Harvesting the Light”. Mia continued to be featured in various print publications throughout the nineties and traveled around North America renovating church artworks and painting murals. Mia’s career continued for nearly three decades with completion of her final big cleaning and restoration project at the Laie Temple in Hawaii where, in her seventies, she was working from tall and daunting scaffolding to restore the much loved Baptistery and Creation murals. 

In retirement Mia spent her time still surrounded by art as she continued to restore artworks as a passion project. She was also surrounded by her many friends and enriched her years with travels to Romania and cooking for loved ones.

Mia was preceded in death by her brother Lucian Pruteanu and is survived by her daughter Fulvia Struteanu and husband Antoniu Musca, her granddaughter Mara Mazdzer along with Mara’s husband Christopher Mazdzer, her grandson Nicolai Mazdzer, her sister Livia Pruteanu and Livia’s husband Stefan Pruteanu, her nieces Ana Maria Pruteanu and Stefania Magidson.

Services will be held at City View Mortuary on May 18th at ten o’clock in the morning. In the spirit of honoring Mia’s greatest joys, flowers and service, flowers are welcomed or donations in Mia’s name can be made to Blue Heron Foundation (, an organization that benefits orphaned or abandoned Romanian and Moldovan youth . 

“I am not rich, but I am richly blessed” 

– Mia Struteanu (1932-2023)

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