Arleen E. Torke, 79, of 1525 Merry Court, Port Washington, found peace Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital-Columbia Campus, Milwaukee after a lengthy illness.
She was born on September 22, 1927 in Port Washington, WI to Douglas and Ann Watry Bostwick. After attending MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, she married John D. Torke of Belgium on July 23, 1949 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.
Arleen taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Lake Church years ago and was a proud homemaker. She held special joy for her grandchildren and loved to spend time with her family. Cooking, reading, hosting Christmas, shopping and vacationing with family were some of the things she cherished. She had always stimulated her mind by reading and as her sight failed, listened to books on tape from the local library. Over the years she was an avid follower of golf, football and current events, while keeping track of her family.
She is survived by her husband John D. Torke, children Linda (Bob) Goebel of the Town of Port Washington, Mike (Mary) Torke of Columbia, South Carolina, Gary (Colleen) Torke of Grafton and Wendy (Ike) Schwab of Random Lake, 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, her sister MaryBeth (Jim) Paape of Saukville, sisters-in-law Sophia and Leona Bostwick, both of Port Washington, June Domoe of Milwaukee, Beata Schueller of Belgium, Beatrice Funke of Port Washington and brother-in-law Joe Torke of Los Angeles, California, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her infant son Andrew Scott, sister Dorothy and her husband George Bode, her brothers Howard, Lyall and Edward Bostwick and brother-in-law Oliver Torke.
A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30AM Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6092 Lake Church Rd., Lake Church, town of Belgium. The Reverend Jim Vojtik will be the celebrant. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9-11:30 AM AT CHURCH. Memorials to the WJ Neiderkorn Library, 316 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington or charity of choice appreciated.