Danielle M. Torrey

September 12, 1933 - February 16, 2016

Service Date:

There will be a service for both Danielle and Calvin at a later date to be determined.

Danielle Morse Loomis Torrey, surrounded and supported by her children, passed away after a brave fight with pneumonia on February 16, 2016.

Danielle was born on September 12, 1933 in Bedford, Massachusetts to Hubert and Frances Loomis. She was a well rounded and cultured young woman, spending summers at riding camps, music camps, or at her parents’ summer home on Cape Cod. Danielle, also an accomplished viola player, attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. There she met her true love and husband of 61 years, Calvin Otis Torrey.

She followed him to his first job as a music teacher in the remote northern Maine town of Ashland and a year later to Alfred, where they bought a small farm with a somewhat rustic colonial era house. Danielle easily adapted to her new life on a Maine farm: feeding a wood-burning furnace in the cellar to get through the harsh winters, gradually updating and modernizing a house that still featured 19th century amenities, working a summer vegetable garden, taking care of the animals, and of course, raising her and Calvin’s six children: James, Samuel, Pamela, Linda, Nathan, and Debbie. Danielle often said that these were the happiest time of her life. She provided a loving and joyful home for her family: cooking fabulous meals; sewing clothes; driving to countless girl-scout meetings, music lessons, sports practices, and at countless other activities.

At the age of 43, Danielle decided to go back to school and finish her music degree. She attended the University of Southern Maine and graduated with a bachelor of science in music education in 1978.  She went on to teach elementary music in SAD 57, to direct the choir at the Alfred Parish Church, to teach private lessons on flute, clarinet, piano, violin and other instruments to many Alfred youngsters, and to put on countless performances around the region with her string quartet.  In May of 1991 Danielle experienced a tragic spinal cord injury which, though it left her severely disabled, also showed what she was made of.  In her 25 years of life after the accident, she never once bemoaned her fate or complained in any way.  She lived as full and normal a life as was possible in the circumstances, delighting in her children and grandchildren, and reading, painting, knitting, and making jewelry despite the limited use of her hands.

Danielle was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Francis Elizabeth Loomis and Marion Loomis Ascoli, and recently her husband Calvin. She is survived by her six children and eight grandchildren: Lisa and Malorie Torrey; William, Grace, and Danielle Collinson; Calvin and Gary Kersbergen; and Elizabeth Torrey. There will be a service for both Danielle and Calvin at a later date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alfred Parish Church, P.O. Box 147, Alfred, ME 04002. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Southern Maine Health Care Center in Biddeford, for their sensitive and professional care and the Autumn Green Funeral home for their professional and compassionate services.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

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