Obituary: Victoria Sherwonit, 95, formerly of Trumbull

Victoria Marie “Torie” Sherwonit
Victoria Marie “Torie” Sherwonit

Victoria Marie “Torie” Sherwonit passed quietly — and it seemed, peacefully — on Oct. 28, 2017, loved by many. Torie died of pneumonia at age 95½, 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 Jesus. 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, Connecticut to William and Emily Schmollinger, the second of five children. In her early 20s she met Edward William (Ed) Sherwonit. They married after WW 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, and its life centered on their faith. For decades Torie and Ed attended Zion Lutheran Church, in Bridgeport, and later, Holy Cross Lutheran, in Trumbull. 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, Virginia after retirement. Sadly, Ed died shortly after and Torie lived the next twelve 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.

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 Tiaré Molina; and 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.

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,