BRIDGEPORT, CT:April 1, 1940 –October 14, 2021Sister Theresa Torsone, SSND, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died on October 14, 2021, at The Watermark in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at the age of 81. She was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on April 1, 1940, the beloved daughter of John and Antoinette Torsone. She attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel elementary school where she was taught by the wonderful Sisters who would become her community. After graduating from Mt. St. Mary’s High School in Newburgh, New York, she entered religious life in 1959. After pronouncing her vows as an SSND in 1960, as Sister Johnette, she taught at St. Anthony School in Passaic, New Jersey. In 1980 Sister Theresa began over three decades at St. Matthias School, Ridgewood, New York. In her retirement she resided at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Connecticut until the community moved to The Watermark, Bridgeport CT in August 2021. Sister Theresa was a graduate of Seton Hall University, she was a master teacher specializing in Math. She had an enormous impact on thousands of children and their families. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her brother Michael J.Torsone and her brother-in-law Robert Valentino. Surviving family members include sisters, Michele Marianne Valentino, Anita Torsone Freer, Johnna Torsone, brothers-in-law David Freer Jr. and John McKeon, and her many nieces and nephews to whom she was especially devoted and who love her dearly. Sister was a lifelong fan of the NY Yankees, and never missed listening to or watching their games. On her 50th anniversary as a School Sister of Notre Dame she was honored by Derek Jeter and the Yankee organization on Sister Theresa Torsone Day at the stadium. Also special to her, were the summer family gatherings at Galway Lake, New York, where she was dubbed by her grand nieces and nephews as “The Leader of the Lake”. The Wake will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Danbury Road, Wilton, CT from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, October 22. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 23 at 11 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame Development Office, 345 Belden Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897. To send an online condolence please visit our website at www.torsonememorial.com
Published by the Daily Freeman from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2021.