Irene Zorojew

September 27, 1923June 24, 2020

Irene Zorojew passed away in Toms River, NJ on June 24, 2020 at the age of 96. She was preceded in death by her cherished daughter Marianna, baby Zorojew and husband Dr. Achmed Zorojew. She is survived by her four children & their respective spouses Fatima & Tadek Osipowicz, Tom & Kathy Zorojew, Leila & Matt Purpuro, Tamila & Jeff Purpuro. In addition, she leaves behind 11 grandchildren Alexander, Conrad, Elizabeth, Lara, Nick, Natalie, Rachel, Michael, Omar, Faruq, Alek, and 6 great grandchildren. Baba, as she was called by her grandchildren will be greatly missed. Another important part of her family was Coco, her beloved dog and devoted companion. Born in Ukraine, she studied ballet at the Conservatory of the Arts. But her balletic career was soon interrupted by the war. She later lived in a displaced persons camp in Germany where she met her future husband and gave birth to their 2 daughters. After immigrating to the US, Toms River became their home. “Miss Irene”, taught ballet at Chadwick’s School of Dance and at The Dance Centre. She enjoyed reading, sudoku, crossword puzzles and ice skating. She earned an A.A. from O.C.C. and a B.A. from Georgian Court College. Viewing will be held Sunday June 28, 2020 4:00-7:00 pm at Anderson Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St. Toms River and burial will be on Monday at 10:30 am at Riverside Cemetery in Toms River. The Funeral Home will be enforcing social distancing and capacity limits will be in effect as per the governor’s orders.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020


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Drew and Elly Seibert

June 29, 2020

Our thoughts are with you at this time as you live on with the wonderful memories of your dear Mother Irene. We were so fortunate to be neighbors for many years as you grew up together with our family. Most sincerely, Elly and Drew Seibert

Bob Seibert

June 28, 2020

My condolences go out to you fine Zorojews in the passing of your beloved mom. She was always very welcoming and friendly to us Seibert boys. While I never knew her well, I can still hear her calling out your names as she’d often do when we were outside at the house on Main St. A life well lived as was your mom’s is to be celebrated. I am sorry I won’t be joining you this afternoon at Anderson & Campbell but please know my heart goes out to all of you. Be well! - “Bobby”

Mila McDonough

June 26, 2020

Dearest Zorojew Family,

The special times that were spent together with our families so many years ago will remain as wonderful cherished memories. Both of our beloved Mamas are together now and they will be ballet dancing forever in our hearts. May God Bless you all, 🙏

With deepest heartfelt sympathy,
Mila and Family

Kerry McCormack

June 25, 2020

I loved Miss Irene. She was such a big part of my childhood and shaped the lives of so many young dancers. My favourite memories of her are when she would be leading a ballet class in warm up on the floor and she would just end the sequence in a free style ballet performance with the most graceful presence and the biggest smile. She would light up the room. She was tough when she would stretch your leg higher in arabesque at the barre but then be so happy when you progressed that much further and give you a big hug. She was an extraordinary women who exemplified what it meant to make the most out of life. May she rest in peace x


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