Sondra Fortunato was known as “Miss Liberty” along the Jersey Shore and her vibrant presence was often felt at various local events. Her departure marked an end of an era for Toms River and beyond and left behind a lasting legacy full of color, charity, and passion for her hometown.
Who was Sondra Fortunato?
Sondra Fortunato, more commonly known by her nickname of “Miss Liberty,” was an eccentric beauty queen with an eye for extravagant displays of self-promotion and lavish fashion. A fixture of Toms River and along the Jersey Shore, Fortunato became beloved not just as a local celebrity but as an embodiment of community spirit; dressed in elaborate outfits while boasting thick blonde locks. Her love of life was infectious, making her one of its beloved figures in Toms River and beyond.
Fortunato’s multifaceted personality was evident through her various titles and roles, from beauty queen to an active participant at local events ranging from high school graduations to professional sports games. Not content to simply appear, Fortunato was also passionate about raising funds for charities and first responders – something which made her loss an enormous void in our community.
What Led to Fortunato’s Passing?
Sondra Fortunato’s death came as a devastating shock. At 75, she succumbed to illness at Community Medical Center in Toms River. According to John Ogden, Fortunato had been fighting cancer in her left eye and Bell’s palsy for some time; yet this didn’t dampen her spirit or enthusiasm for public appearances and interactions.
Fortunato’s courageous battle with her illness was a testament to her strength and resilience, even during times when her health posed serious obstacles. Yet, despite these setbacks, she continued to play an active role in her community and be loved by so many; her passing leaves a gaping hole not just as an individual figure but as a symbol of enduring positivity and courage in times of difficulty.
How Will Fortunato Be Remembered?
John Ogden has taken steps in response to Sondra Fortunato’s death to ensure her legacy lives on. On April 19, Ogden will obtain a permit from Ocean Township for a Miss Liberty Day Parade commemorating her life and contributions, during which Ogden plans on giving away Fortunato signs as free giveaways during the parade; thus honoring both Fortunato’s memory while acknowledging her influence among its residents.
Fortunato remains indelibly imprinted in the hearts of those she touched, leaving an indelible mark upon all who knew her. Through her involvement in numerous events and charities as well as her unique presence in Toms River, Fortunato made an unforgettable mark upon those she interacted with. Her philosophy of love for all people and joy gained from community interactions are legacies which will endure. A parade commemorating Fortunato will serve as an apt tribute to this woman who served so humbly at her community’s core.
Sondra Fortunato, fondly referred to as “Miss Liberty,” will long be remembered fondly and fondly by Toms River and Jersey Shore residents alike as an icon who left an indelible mark. Her signature style, generous spirit and unwavering positivity made an indelible mark on their community; and her life marked by joy and genuine care for others serves as an inspiration. With the annual Miss Liberty Day Parade coming up this May and her signs still around Toms River and Jersey Shore residents will see her spirit alive – epitomizing what truly made an incredible contribution and enriched lives while enriching communities immensely by having her presence among us all.