Mourning the Loss of Jan Torrisi-Mokwa


We are truly devastated and deeply saddened by the tragic death yesterday of our dear friend and generous benefactor Janet Torrisi-Mokwa. Into every meeting and event Jan brought a bright smile, tremendous energy and creativity and an ever present “we can do more” attitude. Failure was not in her vocabulary.

As one of the founders of the HSMO Women’s Leadership Council, our annual Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals event and numerous other initiatives, Jan laid the foundation for the donation of millions of dollars that helped hundreds of thousands of homeless animals rescued and cared for by the Humane Society of Missouri. Jan also was a member of the HSMO Friends Council and Board of Directors and for many years provided leadership counsel and inspiration to our organization.

Our most heartfelt sympathies are extended to Jan’s family and particularly her husband, Joe Mokwa, also a long-time friend and benefactor of HSMO. Jan truly made a difference for all of the people and animals at the Humane Society of Missouri. She will be sorely missed.