Waterbury – Mrs. Salvadora (Salvita, Sally) Maria Tormo, 84, of Waterbury passed away peacefully surrounded by her six loving children on September 14, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Vicente Tormo, MD.
Salvadora was born on October 11, 1935, in the Bronx, NY and grew up in Brooklyn. She was the daughter of Jose Buenaga of Vigo, Spain and Salvadora (Sirerol) of Pedreguer, Spain.
Salvadora and Vicente had a beautiful life together, which started on the day he arrived to the United States from his native Spain. After three years, including a long distance courtship while he was a surgical resident in Missouri, they married and lived in Brooklyn. They moved to Waterbury in 1958 to further his medical career and raise a family together.
She often told stories about growing up in Brooklyn, frequenting Sheepshead Bay, going on rides at Coney Island and working at the bank on Canal St. in New York City. Proud of her heritage she shared the traditions of Spanish cooking, songs, dance and culture with her family and friends. She enjoyed walking the beach in St. Augustine, FL, as well as spending summers at the family cottage on Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury.
She was a devout Catholic and deeply religious, which embodied her daily life. She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church, attended mass faithfully and prayed the rosary. She was appointed a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NY, in 2009. She will be remembered for her devotion to God and the way she loved and cared for her family, especially her grandchildren who called her “Yaya”.
Salvadora is survived by her 6 children, Vicente J. Tormo of San Francisco, CA, Salvadora Hearn and her husband Patrick of Waterbury, Rosa Maria Tormo of Oakville, Josefa Tormo of Middlebury, Maria Elena Wilson and her husband George of Franklin, MA, and Jose Tormo and his wife Lisa of Melrose, MA; 10 grandchildren, Emilia, Mary, Bridgette, Joseph, Lauren, Colleen, Elena, Michael, Elizabeth and Ava; and extended beloved family in Puerto Rico and Spain. She was predeceased by her brother, Jose.
The family wishes to extend their warmest gratitude to Middlebury Convalescent Home and all the other caregivers for their care and compassion.
St. Mary's Hospital Foundation
56 Franklin Street, Waterbury CT 06706
Blessed Sacrament Church
182 Robbins Street, Waterbury CT 06708