Agnes (Kay) Torwich

Agnes (Kay) Torwich

SEYMOUR — Agnes (Kay) Torwich, 96, of Seymour and Belfast, Northern Ireland, passed away peacefully Friday, May 31, 2019. She was the beloved wife of the late John Torwich.

Agnes was born in Ireland, the daughter of the late James Gibbons and Margaret Ann (McGlone) Gibbons. She first came to America as a war bride after meeting her husband, John, when he was stationed with the U.S. Army in Northern Ireland during World War II.

She leaves her loving children, daughter Margaret Zalenski (husband Frank) of Seymour and son James Torwich of Ireland; her grandchildren, Deirdre LaFrance (husband Jim) and Frank Zalenski of Ansonia and John Zalenski of Derby; her great-grandchildren, Austin Gesner of Seymour and James D. LaFrance, Jr., of Ansonia; so many dear nieces and nephews, including Sharon Nagy of Wallingford and Jim Black of Belfast; and dear family friends, including Frankie McGuinness of Northern Ireland.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Annie Black, Jane (Fleming) Timoney and Mary Taylor, and her brothers, John, James, Thomas and Gerry Gibbons.

Agnes grew up in the Irish Catholic section of Belfast with her many sisters and brothers and no shortage of laughter, singing and dancing. She was in the top of her class in school and was an avid reader and dancer, winner of the Tara Brooch in Irish Dancing as a young girl.

She worked at Lockheed in Northern Ireland, supporting the war effort, before moving with her husband, John, to start their family in the U.S. Agnes and John enjoyed spending their time both in America and in her homeland of Northern Ireland.

Agnes never lost her lovely Irish brogue, her wit and marvelous sense of humor, her love of dance, her timeless beauty, or her warmth and unending love for her dear family. She will be dearly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Seymour. Interment will follow at St. Augustine’s Cemetery, Seymour.

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