Annabella Hedi Sorton
1946 - 2019
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December 25, 1946
Annabella Hedi (Malinowski) Sorton was born in Mannheim, Germany December 25th, 1946. Her Father Frank E Malinowski was an American soldier who drove onto the beach in Normady on D-day. He found his way to Germany and married Ellentrude Margarithe Sommer. The young family was back and forth between the US and Europe from the late 40's to early 60's due to Frank's military service. Ann frequently shared stories of her youth in Orleans, France, including trips to Paris, as well as several stays in Germany.
Ann married Stephen Charles Sorton in 1966. Steve served in the Air Force. Ann and Steve moved to Colorado Springs in 1972 and lived there the rest of their lives. Ann always enjoyed swimming and was a lifeguard in her youth. Ann was a volunteer for Air Force Family Services and edited their newsletter for a period of time. Ann was active in politics and hosted many Republican caucuses in the 80's, and even ran for school board one year. She worked in the District Attorney's office fraud division, and medical records for a nursing home.
Ann was a member of the Radio Historical Association of Colorado. Her husband Steve, an engineer, restored some of the old shows, which the family played frequently around the holidays. The Great Gildersleeve, Our Miss Brooks and The Shadow, were among her favorites. She was an avid reader of mystery books, including Agatha Christie and Sunday mystery shows on public television. She enjoyed bowling, knitting and crocheting.
She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Louise Sorton of Colorado Springs; son, Stephen Karl Sorton and his wife, Dana, and grandchildren, Jacob and Laura of Bothell, Washington; a sister, Monika Sommer and brother, Gerhard Malinowski of Colorado Springs; a cousin, Ralph Sommer of Germany; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Swan-Law funeral home at 501 N. Cascade on July 10th at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, Ann's family encourages you to donate to the American Heart Association or charity of your choice.

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Published in The Gazette from Jun. 23 to Jul. 3, 2019.
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September 16, 2019
I taught Annabella when she was in a school for military dependent children in Germany in the early 1960s (my husband was in the Air Force then, and we lived in Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden for a 4 year period.) Her lovely name, Annabella Malinowski, has stayed with me all these years, and I googled it tonight just on a whim. I am now 82 years old, and its hard to believe that one of my first students predeceased me. I remember her clearly and fondly. My heartfelt condolences go to those she left behind.
Elsie Cook
June 24, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly."
June 24, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly."
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