Ruthellen Sabo Torrey

WINTER HARBOR — Ruthellen Sabo Torrey, 68, quietly passed away Sept. 26, 2011, in the loving arms of her family at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth.

Ruthellen was born May 30, 1943, in Bangor, daughter to the late Luke and Geraldine Sabo. She worked many years as a waitress and hostess at local restaurants, where she is fondly remembered by customers and co-workers for her smile, humor and commitment to good service. However, Ruthellen’s greatest legacy was as a dedicated wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She took great pride in the success of her family. Her guidance, tremendous warmth and strength of character will continue to influence daily the lives of those she cherished and loved.

Ruthellen is survived by her beloved husband, Douglas Torrey; four children, Robin Wyzykowski and her husband, Michael, of Sullivan, Bobbi Ann Harris of Winter Harbor, Robert W. Bragdon Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Winter Harbor, and James Bragdon of Winter Harbor. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving Ruthellen is her sister and best friend, Martha Black of Portland and three stepchildren. She was predeceased by her first-born child, Michael Bragdon, and will be laid to rest beside him in the Winter Harbor Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at the Winter Harbor Masonic Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ruthellen’s memory to: New England Organ Bank, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. Please make checks payable to New England Organ Bank and note on memo line, In Memory of Ruthellen Torrey.

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