Victoria Marie "Torie" Sherwonit (1922 - 2017)

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Victoria Marie "Torie" Sherwonit passed quietly - and it seemed, peacefully - on Oct. 28, 2017, loved by many. Torie died of pneumonia at age 95 1/2, after spending her last 15 years in Anchorage, Alaska, with her older son, Bill. The pneumonia brought a swift end to many years of declining health. Torie maintained a gentle sweetness until the end, along with her strong faith in God. She meant so much to so many people and will be greatly missed by her family and the many other people whose lives she touched, especially Lutheran communities in Connecticut, Virginia, and Alaska.
Torie Sherwonit was born on May 9, 1922, in Waterbury, Conn., to William and Emily Schmollinger, the second of five children. In her early 20s, she met Edward William "Ed" Sherwonit. They married after World War II, when Ed served in the Army. Their marriage lasted until his death in 1990, but their love will endure forever.
Torie and Ed had three children: Karen, the oldest; Bill, the middle child; and David, the youngest. The family settled in Trumbull, Conn., its life centered on their Lutheran faith. Though she was the family's primary caregiver and, for years, a stay-at-home mom, Torie also worked for decades as an office manager.
Torie and Ed moved to Stuarts Draft, Va., after retirement. Sadly, Ed died shortly after and Torie lived the next 12 years on her own. Yet she was hardly alone. She became the "neighborhood grandma" and an active member at Bethany Lutheran Church. In 2002, Torie moved to Anchorage. She was cared for by her son, Bill, until declining health required a move to Immaculate Conception Assisted Living Home; there she lived until her death. While in Alaska, Torie joined Anchorage Lutheran Church.
Torie is survived by her three children, Karen Grzybek and Bill and David Sherwonit; her sister, Evie Sherwonit; her grandchildren, Amy Grzybek, Eric Grzybek, Jill O'Brien, and Tiare Molina; nine great-grandchildren; plus several cousins and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Ed; her parents; her siblings, Emily, Arnie and Bill Schmollinger; and many other relatives.
The family would like to thank the many East Coast friends and relatives who've stayed in touch since Torie moved to Alaska; the staff at her assisted-living home; the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Agency of Alaska; Providence Family Medical Center; and the Lutheran congregations who were such a big part of her life.
A memorial service and celebration of Torie's life will take place next spring in New England, where most of her extended family resides, and her ashes will be placed in a grave beside her husband's resting place at Trinity Cemetery in Virginia. Donations in Torie's name can be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Agency of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2017
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