Loraine Tornatore

Loraine Tornatore, 81, previously of Liberty, Texas passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Verandes Assisted Living Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born on August 28, 1939 in Bagheria, Sicily in Italy.

When she was seventeen she met the love of her life Anthony Tornatore, Sr. while he was stationed in Italy serving in the United States Navy. After a brief courtship, they were married in Italy. On September 25, 1956, by herself, Loraine boarded the ocean liner “SS Conte Grande” and set sail for America. She was only seventeen years old and sailed from Napoli to New York to be with her new husband. They had many adventures together and created many great memories. They eventually settled in Liberty County, Texas where they raised three children. Loraine was a strong independent woman who took pride in being the family matriarch. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. She once won a contest for her home grown cauliflower. Loraine loved her family and especially cherished her grandkids. She was a long standing member of Immaculate Conception Church in Liberty. Loraine will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Loraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband of fifty-four years Anthony Tornatore, Sr.; and son Anthony Tornatore, Jr. She leaves behind to cherish her memory daughter Teresa McDonald and husband Danny; son Peter J. Tornatore and wife Caroline; grandchildren Christine Armenia Artinian and husband Vartkes, Andre Zora Tornatore, Mary Katharine McDonald; great-grandchildren Alexandre, Nicholas and one on the way. In addition, she leaves behind numerous other loving family members and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family 1 PM – 2 PM on Friday, November 27, 2020 in the chapel at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas 77575. Funeral services will begin at 2 PM at Allison’s with Father Paul Kahan of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church officiating. Burial and committal will immediately follow at Liberty Catholic Cemetery.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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