Marian Klaje Sorbo, age 91, passed away peacefully at her home Sept. 30, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 12, 1930, to Helen and Paul Klaje in New Britain. The baby of the family, she was adored by her three siblings, Florence Zup, Paul Klaje, and Helen Ellert, all who predeceased her. She married the love of her life, Paul Joseph Sorbo in May of 1952 who preceded her in death in 2006. Their devotion to each other was always evident, and their marriage was a model for the family.
A Windsor resident for 64 years, she established deep roots while developing countless close friends and rewarding relationships, all who were familiar with her heartfelt kindness and genuine concern for others, as well as her love of singing songs of her generation and ice cream of all flavors!
Marian is survived by her daughter and husband, Kathleen and David Furie of Windsor; her three sons and their wives Paul and Dena Sorbo of Mountain View, CA, Thomas and Elizabeth Sorbo of Sudbury, MA and John and Tina Sorbo of Delmar, NY; her eight grandchildren Amanda Ndaw and husband Aziz, Sarah Furie, Joseph Sorbo and wife Stephanie, Samuel Sorbo and wife Debora, Paul, Grant, Jack and Brett Sorbo; and her six great-grandchildren Eddy, Charley, Holly, Jenny, Moussa and Astou; her dear sister-in-law Susan Slade of Groton, MA and many nieces and nephews.
Marian was born and raised in New Britain, and graduated from New Britain High School with the class of 1948. She worked at the New Britain Public School system and Litchfield High School as a secretary in her young life, and then for many years as an administrative assistant for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in
Windsor. But first and foremost, Marian was a dedicated mother. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them and loved their spouses. She cherished her role as grandmother and eventually great-grandmother.
Marian was an active member of the Girl Scouts of CT for over 50 years, she was a member of the St. Joseph Church Prayer Shawl Ministry, and was a steadfast supporter of the Windsor Library Association, Friends of Northwest Park, and the Windsor High School Art Department. In 2020, Marian received the Bridge Builder Award given by the Windsor Human Relations Commission in recognition of her fostering greater trust, understanding and solidarity across the full spectrum of the town’s racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity areas. She was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Windsor/Windsor Locks, where she actively maintained many worldwide relationships that she and her husband began during his tenure as a District Governor. Rotary International encourages its members to “Look Beyond Yourself,” and Marian endeavored to meet that challenge every day of her life.
Her family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, from 4–7 p.m., at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor. Family and friends may gather on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Damien of Molokai Parish–St. Joseph Church, 1747 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor.
Burial will follow with her family in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Windsor. For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Windsor Library Association (https://www.wlact.org) or the Rotary Foundation (https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation). The Funeral Mass will be recorded and posted on the Carmon Funeral Home website later in the day on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.