This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Mihail Smetanin, who was born on September 29, 1986 and went to be with the Lord on December 27, 2010.

Mishu was called to be with the Lord on Monday, December 27th, 2010. While snowboarding at Mountain High Ski Resort in Wrightwood, California with some friends and roommates,  Mishu was coming down the mountain at a very high speed, lost control, and collided with trees. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead shortly after. We are still awaiting an autopsy to be done.

Update Tuesday January 18th:

You can watch Mishu's memorial service on this website:

There will be a site were all the pictures will be uploaded from the memorial service. As well as pictures and videos from the burial.

If there are others who would still like to support financially you may still do so on the link we posted below. We will be donating funds that we raise extra to support other orphans in Moldova like Mishu. If you would like to support an orphan monthly please get in contact with me, Diana Petrusan at

Thank You!

Memorial Tribute:

We are putting together a creative idea for a tribute wall for Mishu at his memorial service and we need your help. Those of you who served with Mishu in Moldova on the mission trip, was Mishu's friend, lived with Mishu ... and have pictures of him. Please email [ONLY] your pictures to We will be printing out the pictures and adding them to a Tribute Wall we will be making. [Spread the word]

Also, if you have specific pictures of the orphange Mishu grew up in at Cupcini. Please contact or send the pictures to

Memorial Service and Burial- Latest Update on January 10th:

Mishu's Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 16th at 1:30 pm at Emmanuel Romanian Church. The address to the church is 1770 Cerritos Ave Anaheim, California 92804. Burial will take place on Tuesday, January 18th at 12:30 pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The address is 4471 Lincoln Avenue Cypress, CA 90630. Please join us as we celebrate Mishu's life. If you are unable to attend you can watch the live streaming at  Also, if you would like to donate money towards Mishu's burial you may by visiting the link below.



Update on January 6th:

Deputy Lila has been handling Mishu's case and contacted us today stating that she had received a letter from Mishu's biological mother. This letter contained parental consent for us to claim and bury Mishu's body. Based upon Lila's information, we should have his body as early as this evening.

As of right now, we are aiming to have a memorial and burial service late next week. We are all trying our best to secure a location, date, and time within the next few days. However, the cost and available dates have been a concern, but we continue trusting in the providencial hand of God.

We also have been trying to contact our local churches to help raise funds for Mishu. If there is someone who would like to share Mishu's story and would want more details, please contact me (Diana Petrusan) @[email:].

The Word of God calls us to minister to the orphaned and fatherless, therefore, I implore you to prayerfully consider a pledge or donation to support our brother in Christ, if at all financially capable. Thank you for your emotional and financial support throughout this grieving process. I will continue to keep you all posted. Grace and peace, to you all.

Here is the link, once again, to those who still want to donate:



Update On January 3rd:

We have talked to public officials that are dealing with Mishu's situation. They still need further communication with people who were responsible for Mishu. The American embassy is working with Moldovian embassy to get in touch with an aunt of Mishu.

All we can do now is wait and pray! We do not have a set date for a funeral. We cannot do much until we know Mishu is in our care.


Update On January 1st:

The U.S. Embassy has found a distant aunt of Mishu and are now waiting for her to send a letter to confirm potential interest/disinterest in the body. We will know more information about this on Monday.

We still do not have a date for the memorial service because we are still in the process of getting legal documentation allowing us to have possession of the body. As soon as possession is granted, we will plan further detailed arrangements and will announce it on the website.

Continuing praying for this.

If anyone is interested in helping in anyway, please contact a Charity Cup representative at your local church :)


Update on December 30th:

Tonight we had the privilege of meeting Mishu's closest friends and roommates, one of whom was with him during the snowboarding accident. It brought us all great comfort to hear that Mishu was among such great men when he passed away. Upon his final months, days and hours on earth, Mishu was surrounded by people who loved and cared for him deeply. It was encouraging to see everyone meet tonight in order to discuss and plan further arrangements.

RJ, one of Mishu's best friends, was with Mishu on Monday night when they were snowboarding. RJ was snowboarding in front of Mishu when someone else saw him going down the mountain at a high speed; he lost control and collided into trees. RJ ran back to him and was by Mishu's side the whole time. After the collision, Mishu was immediately rushed to the hospital. RJ explained and reassured us that the medical providers tried their best to revive him back to life. But the Lord had a divine appointment for Mishu and called him home to finally be with his Father.

The status on Mishu's body: We were able to receive the paperwork from the orphange in the Republic of Moldova that states that he was an orphan. This was a crucial piece of information  necessary to claim his body. This is an answer to our prayers! The Lord is faithful! With this document, we pray this is enough information for the officials to release the body to us and we can further plan and organize Mishu’s burial and memorial service. We are still waiting on the autopsy of Mishu’s body, which was postponed until after the holidays.

The date of Mishu’s memorial service has not yet been established, but will be updated as soon as arrangements are made.

At this moment, we want to ask if there are people who want to donate to the memorial and burial service to please prayerfully consider a pledge and contribution.

A few friends shared tonight that one of Mishu’s desire here in California for his future was to get stability in life, get married, and eventually go back and serve the orphaned children in Moldova. We want Mishu’s legacy to live on. Mishu has a stable home now in the presence of his Heavenly Father: the Lord has called his bride home. Funds will be donated to the orphanage in Cupcini where Mishu grew up. This will be done in honor of his passion to serve and care for orphans.

Here is a link where donations can be made:

Thank you for your patience as we find more information about this situation.


Update Wednesday, December 29th:

The status on Mishu's body right now is pending. We are getting together paperwork in order to have the body released to us in order to proceed with further celebration of life arrangements.

Prayer Requests:

-For all the paperwork to resolved and be dealt with as soon as possible

-For all his close friends in the US and Moldova who are mourning, remembering, and celebrating his life

-For Mishu's life testimony to reach the hearts of his roommates and many others.

-For the gospel of Jesus Christ to be preached and lives be changed by the power of Christ.



Posted by Sharon Mattsfield on December 11, 2013
Just happened upon Mishu's site while looking at my sons. What a beautiful young man and how wonderful he was.  May God bless him and all of his family and friends.
Posted by janie cox on January 14, 2013
"I didn't know you, but from the photos and candles lit I can tell you were a special and amazing person. We need more people in the world just like you. I hope you are resting peacfully."
Posted by Popescu Alexei on January 11, 2011
noui suntem vecinii care traim cu mama lui si ingrijim de ea.Vrem sa stim daca si cine lo inmormintat.Asteptam un raspuns pe e-mailul mult un raspuns!!
Posted by Corina Ivas on January 8, 2011
.......cine l-a cunoscut pe Mishu poate sa puna ca o persoana mai fascinanta ,cu sufletul mare shi vesel nu exista... permanent era pentru toti shi la bine shi la shiut o alta istorie despre el shi am ramas frapata cind am auzit ca el e orfan... sa ramii permanent in inimile noastre asa cum ai fost pentru totdeauna.......... vei lipsi mult....
Posted by * Taniusa on January 6, 2011
Inima plânge la gândul că un flăcău ca un brad zace neputincios în sicriu şi curând va coborî în răceala şi întunericul mormântului. Dumnezeu să-l odihească in pace, să-i fie ţărîna uşoară.... :(
Posted by Mihai Duca on January 6, 2011
El nu este cu noi deja, dar nu trebuie sa ne intristam, deoarece el a ajuns acasa, a plecat de pe acest pamint, si intr-o zi, oricum il vom vedea cu totii acolo, in cer, sus.
Posted by Jorik Borsh on January 5, 2011 lam cunoscut din pacate pe Mihai,dar imi pare foarte rau cind mor persoana tinere,patsani de-ai noshtri...moldoveni....imi pare foarte rau...dumnezeu sa-l ierte...
Posted by Valentina Goncear on January 5, 2011
"Căci dacă trăim, pentru Domnul trăim; şi dacă murim, pentru Domnul murim. Deci, fie că trăim, fie că murim, noi suntem ai Domnului"          Romani 14:8
Cred ca moartea lui e un inceput de o noua lucrare! Ne vom revedea!
Posted by Jeka Mihailov on January 3, 2011
Миша очень жаль что ты нас покинул так рано....Мои соболезнования родным ,,друзьям .Мы будем помнить тебя.
Posted by Irina Maco on December 30, 2010
I still cannot believe that all this happened and I have been praying that God will give all of us, his friends and known ones, peace about the situation. I do not know why bad things happen to good people. but I trust in God that He knows all of us by name and that He knew Mishu.
Continui sa ma rog pentru voi, cei care i-ati fost aproape. Fie ca Domnul sa va aline inimile la timpul potrivit.
Posted by Chad Roach on December 30, 2010
I met Mishu on a mission trip to Moldova in 2007. Mishu was always laughing and had a contagious attitude about life and more importantly, God. Your passion for Christ is something that will never be doubted. I am a better person having known you and only hope I can live my life as you lived yours. I will miss you always my friend and will see you on the slopes in Heaven. Love you brother!
Posted by bogdan laurentiu on December 29, 2010
"The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
he lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage." Pe curand frate Mishu !
Posted by Jeniffer Adams on December 29, 2010
See you soon, Mishu! I will always love you like a brother/sister relationship we had. You will never be forgotten. You will be missed, but we know that you are sitting with the Good Lord up in Heaven :)
Posted by Lori Olari on December 29, 2010
I knew Mishu for the short time that he lived in AZ. He was worked with my family for a time being. He was so wiling to learn and hard working. He always wanted to see new things and learn new things!. Very enthusiastic and always smiling! Now he is up in heaven with our Lord and Savior dancing with the Angles in joy! May the Lord comfort and heal the broken hearts of the ones close to him.
Posted by Andrew Olari on December 29, 2010
Ill never forget when Mishu and i got off work and his car wouldnt start cause he had no more battery, so after about an hour of trying to jumpstart his car we decided to pray, after our quick prayer his car literally started as if nothing was ever wrong. Mishu you were an amazing friend and i thank God that i had the opportunity to know you. I love u and Miss u man. See ya soon.

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Posted by Sharon Mattsfield on December 11, 2013
Just happened upon Mishu's site while looking at my sons. What a beautiful young man and how wonderful he was.  May God bless him and all of his family and friends.
Posted by janie cox on January 14, 2013
"I didn't know you, but from the photos and candles lit I can tell you were a special and amazing person. We need more people in the world just like you. I hope you are resting peacfully."
Posted by Popescu Alexei on January 11, 2011
noui suntem vecinii care traim cu mama lui si ingrijim de ea.Vrem sa stim daca si cine lo inmormintat.Asteptam un raspuns pe e-mailul mult un raspuns!!
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Shared by Linda Ardelean on September 29, 2015

Happy 29th birthday Mishu! Wish we could all celebrate with you. I miss you! 

Shared by munteanu vitalie on September 21, 2011

 ai fost bun prieten cu toti ai fost ca un frate  dar stiu ca esti cu domnul

Shared by Diana Petrusan on January 18, 2011

For the first time in 3 weeks my world seems still and quiet. Planning and organizing all the details really helped me to mourn in such a different way. When I would be updating, looking at pictures, talking and sharing with friends, and putting together the memorial services a moment would cross my mind, I stopped laughed, cried, and remembered Mishu.



I first met Mishu in 2004 in Cupcini at the orphanage he came from. That year on the mission trip we as leaders lived at the orphanage, ate with the kids, and experienced life as an orphan for about 10 days. I remember Mishu was the life of the party. He was always the center of attention. All the kids loved him. He had such a special bond with them all. I remember specifically how Mishu never showed any emotion of being sad, he always had a smile on his face. But that summer when we were saying our goodbyes all the kids were crying for Mishu, with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face he was waving goodbye to the kids.



In 2008 I had the opportunity to be in Moldova with Mishu and celebrated the holidays with him. It happened to be his last winter in Moldova. There was something special about spending Christmas in Moldova. One night we all went caroling with a big group of friends as well as Mishu, his friend Victor, my friend Eva, and I. In the car Victor and Mishu talked about one day coming to America. They asked my friend and I many questions about America. The village we caroled was dark, cold, and had no lights. We went from house to house and caroled until we were frozen. Mishu walked my friend and I to the car to get warm. He tried to make us warm and he kept saying "think about the hot california sun". That winter was special because I had the opportunity to really get to know Mishu. He would work grave yard shift as security all night, and still made the time to walk over to our apartment by morning to make sure he got to show us the city one last time and say his goodbyes to me and Eva. Not even getting stuck in the elevator for an hour stopped him that morning. I remember seeing Mishu storm into the apartment singing, dancing, smiling, and asking, "do you girls have food? what are we doing tonight?"



Once you got to know Mishu you were a different person. There were many people who never met Mishu here in America who have said they felt like they knew Mishu. He had a great capacity to love life, have fun, and enjoy every moment. Mishu always talked about how his heart was in Moldova. How he longed to go back with me on the mission trip in the summer. His last few days he talked highly about his new life here in California. How much he loved his friends, his boss, his work, he was mentioning how he really wants to settle down. He talked about his relationship with the Lord, and giving praises to Him! Mishu carried a contagious smile with him everywhere he went. I will never be able to go back with him. But his testimony, memories, and pictures will always be with me. Because of Mishu's death I have a greater desire to serve the orphaned in Moldova, to share the gospel with unbelievers, and to serve the Lord faithfully in what He has called me to do.



The fruit that comes from my life, I am confident that Mishu will have the same crown in Heaven. There are many more Mishu's out there and I am ready to meet them!

-Diana Petrusan