Rosemarie Joy Sorvoja



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Rosemarie Joy Sorvoja, 10, of Eagle River, died March 4, 2013, due to a small airplane crash in Rainy Pass.

“Rosemarie (who always insisted on being called Rosie) was an extraordinarily opinionated girl and she loved to play (and fight) with her big sister Anna and little brother Sam,” said her family. “Even though she wouldn’t admit it, her sister was her idol and her brother was her partner in crime.”

She loved animals, but had a special place in her heart for cats. She always said she wanted to have lots of them when she grew up and was always asking when she could go to the animal shelter to be with the homeless cats. She loved reading, especially the Pony Pals and Warriors book series. She revealed to her family that one day she wanted to write her own Warriors book, she said, so she spent hours coming up with names and ideas for her book. Her favorite computer game was Toontown and she could have played all day if it weren’t for the time constraint set by her parents.

Rosie was very close to her family, especially her mother. She liked to go shopping with her dad. At the end of the day, all she wanted was to curl up on the couch and get a back rub from her mom. She and her big sister Anna squabbled and fought a lot since she wanted to do everything that Anna did; but she also wanted to be better at “it” than Anna. Her younger brother Sam was one of her best friends, in that they did everything together. They were home-schooled together, they played “Wii” together, and they loved to play outdoors together. Their favorite activity was to do was to play pranks on their older sister.

Since Rosie and her brother were both homeschooled, they treasured getting out of the house. She was always excited for her swimming lesson on Thursdays, and was always happy to go out to eat whenever she got the chance. She was especially excited when she was given the chance to go to Takotna to help with the Iditarod dog sled race. It was on the way to her next great adventure that she lost her life, along with her mother Carolyn Sorvoja and neighbor Ted Smith. Rosie will be extremely missed by all who loved her, including her father, Mark; her brother and sister, Sam and Anna; grandparents Ed and Marian of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Helena Sorvoja of Fairbanks; and her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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