Jerome S. Torzala

Jerome S. Torzala, known affectionately to friends and family as Jerry, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 25th, 2024, at the age of 90, in Muskego, Wisconsin.

 

Born on July 26th, 1933, in the small northern farming community of Beaver, WI, to Stanley and Helen (Sikowski) Torzala, he was one of 18 children.

 

Preceding him in death include his beloved wife of nearly 67 years, NancyLee, and his son, Christopher. Jerome's memory will be cherished and kept alive by his surviving sons, Randolph and Robert, who will carry forward the values and lessons their father imparted. Grand and Great-grandfather to six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

Preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Walter, Eleanor (Piotrowski), Tillie, Genevieve, Isadore, Albert, Joseph, Bernice (Baranek), Julius, Ralph, Anthony, Dorothy, Myron, and Veronica. Surviving siblings are Ann, Mary (Fabiszak), and Leonard.

 

Jerome lived a life marked by dedication, craftsmanship, wit, and a profound love for the natural world. Jerome was a man who embodied the spirit of his generation. Hardworking and dedicated, he built a life that reflected his values and interests.

 

Jerome's journey was one of significant accomplishments. He moved to Milwaukee in the late 1950's after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and marrying the love of his life. He became a respected Journeyman Carpenter, Local 231, and Construction Project Supervisor, leaving his mark on numerous projects across Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. His skilled hands and keen eye for detail contributed to the skyline that defines the region, a legacy of sturdy craftsmanship and integrity.

 

In retirement, Jerome moved to the middle of the state near Almond, WI and built by his own hands his second home back in the woods on 40 acres. He and NancyLee lived there for 25 years. Those who knew Jerome will remember him as a man of many interests and talents.

 

 An avid outdoorsman, he found solace in the quiet of the woods and the beauty of the early morning light. His love for hunting was matched only by his passion for gardening; Jerome took pride in planting fruit and timber trees, ensuring that nature's bounty would be enjoyed by generations to come. Tirelessly working on a project, he was a man who could never sit still, as there was always something to be built, fixed, or improved upon.

 

Jerome's humor, intelligence, and interesting character were the hallmarks of his personality. He could light up a room with his quick wit and entertain friends and family with stories that were both humorous and thought-provoking. His laughter was infectious, and his knowledge on a wide range of topics never ceased to amaze those around him.

 

Jerome's life was one well-lived and well-loved. Jerome was not only self-reliant and resourceful but also a beacon of strength and support to his family and friends. His impact on the lives he touched and the landscapes he shaped will endure for years to come. As we say goodbye to this remarkable man, we take comfort in knowing that his legacy is not just in the structures he built or the trees he planted, but in the laughter, wisdom, and memories he shared with all of us.

 

Jerome's life story is one of dedication, joy, and love—a narrative that will be told with fondness and admiration. As we reflect on his journey, we are reminded of the importance of pursuing our passions, nurturing our relationships, and leaving a legacy that others can admire. Jerome did just that, and although he will be greatly missed, the essence of who he was will forever remain a part of the world he has left behind.

 

Those who knew him are invited to reflect on the joyful moments spent in his company and to find inspiration in the work of their hands, as Jerome found in his. He was a true craftsman, not only in his trade but in the art of living a life filled with purpose, laughter, and love. Jerome will be greatly missed, but his indomitable spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.

 

Jerome's family would like to extend a special thank you to the Stair Crest community and St. Croix Hospice for their kindness and compassion.

 

Visitation will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 808 Henriette Ave. Crivitz, WI. on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 9 AM until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM., followed by Burial at St Mary's Cemetery.

 

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