The Torrisi family is sad to relate the passing of the family's beloved matriarch, Dorothy (Dot) Torrisi on the 7th of May, 2020 in Santa Clara, CA. Dot is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Carmen Torrisi, her loving son Joseph and daughters Rosemarie and Deborah.
Together with her husband Carmen, Dot raised her family in a loving and caring home, providing a nurturing and supportive environment to Carmen and her children at every step along the way.
She was always friendly and engaging with others, and especially caring and thoughtful of her family. Dot demonstrated her outstanding motherly skills everyday, managing a busy household, while also working to help provide additional income. She always did what she could to help support her ever-industrious husband, and always encouraged her children to do the best for themselves and their own families.
Dot was a devoted daughter-in-law to the family's own dearly departed Nana and Nano, Joseph and Rose Torrisi, raising her family to value and cherish the generational gifts of family unity and togetherness they instilled, and which continue to characterize the Torrisi's to this day. There is no doubt that Dot's spirit of family will be there to provide comfort and guidance as we remember her, and as we continue on. Her presence manifests itself in our warm hearts as we enjoy all of the good things family and togetherness afford us.
As Dot's family grew to include seven doting grandchildren- Christopher and Lauren by son Joseph and wife Brenda; Howard, Erik, and Ariel by daughter Rosemarie and husband Howard, and; Angela and Jon by daughter Deborah and husband Jon, so did her new Nana skills. Dot nurtured her growing family- keeping people in touch, coordinating all manners of family get togethers, and always providing love and encouragement, and is now forevermore known as Nana. Along with her husband Carmen (now forevermore, Nano), the family thrived, and Dot cemented her role as the family's matriarch. Dot was blessed to be able to enjoy and know four great-grandchildren, Alice, Harper J ( "Baby J"), Logan, and newest arrival Eva, through her grandchildren Ariel, Christopher, and Erik. Sadly, in 2018 Dot had to endure the profoundly sad loss of her beloved and adored grandson "Lil J". Through the pain, and with her resolve tested, she endured for her family nevertheless. Through all of this, we can all find comfort in knowing they are together again once more, smiling down on all of us.
Nana loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren so much, and they loved her so much in return.
She knew everything about her grandkids and always took an active interest in their lives. She loved to cook for them and would pass down family recipes and traditions. Nana made every holiday extra special, but her favorite was Christmas, where she would spend months picking out gifts for every single member of her growing family and enjoyed watching them open each gift together. She was everyone's biggest fan, always so proud of her family. She wanted nothing but the absolute best for her grandchildren and always let them know how much she loved them.
She was someone we always knew we could count on. We knew she would be at every family event, it did not matter how big or small, she would be there without hesitation. There are so many things she has taught us throughout the years, but the importance of family will always be the biggest value she instilled in us. The love that Nana showed each of us is truly inspiring.
She has been our family's guiding light. We are who we are today because of Nana. She showed us what it felt like to be truly loved by someone. We'll remember everything she taught us, and will always hold onto our memories with her. Nana, we love you and will miss you always.
Author Rudyard Kipling surmised that "God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers." Dot embodied that sentiment, providing the generational guidance, love, and support only a mother can. Dot's enduring legacy of being a caring and supportive wife, and nurturing and loving mother, as well as her favorite word “Nana”. She will always be remembered and cherished by her surviving family, who will in turn, show the same love and care to their families as she gave to all of them.
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