Gizella Petrik Wolfe
Resident of Concord
Aug. 11, 1979 - Dec. 22, 2018
Gizella Petrik Wolfe joined her Apu and Abuelita on December 22, 2018 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Age 39, she died at home, surrounded by her loving family. Gizella was a bright light in the lives of so many and had a thirst for new experiences and adventures. She leaves behind her soulmate, Brian - husband for 11 years, and two daughters, Ilona (7) and Mia (3). Together they have more memorable adventures than most have in an entire lifetime. She is also survived by her mother, Luisa, brother, Laszlo, half sister, Gabriella and many other extended family members.
Born in San Francisco in 1979 to Laszlo and Luisa Petrik, Gizella started dance classes at a young age. She excelled at flamenco, Russian character dance and ballet. However, her passion for culture wasn’t limited to dance. She craved new experiences - from new music or food, to traveling to different states and countries. Never one to complain, Gizella could find joy in anything and anywhere but her favorite places were Hawaii, Mexico, Napa and the Caribbean with her partner in adventure, Brian.
A driven and hardworking force, Gizella graduated from CAL State East Bay in 2006 while working full time and caring for her ill father. In 2007, she started working at Contra Costa Water District and even after her diagnosis, was looking forward to returning to the District and her co-workers.
Everyone will die some day, but few truly live like Gizella. Her life was far too short, but it was overflowing with exuberance. You’d most often find her with a smile on her face and a joke on her lips.
Gizella lives on in her daughters and in our memories. She’s in the peaceful crash of the ocean wave on the beach, in the graceful, beautiful strength of the flamenco dancer, the majesty of the lion, and everywhere with laughter and loving smiles.
Hopefully everyone can be a bit more like Gizella and be quick to smile, dance, love, giggle, hope, trust and experience every moment of this journey.
If she had a piece of advice to give, it might be to let the drama go, or to remember to wash your hands before cooking and eating.
A Memorial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5th, from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. at Ouimet Bros. Chapel, 4125 Clayton Rd in Concord. 925-682-4242