Sunday, January 17, 2021

Wilma Elizabeth Torkos

Wilma E. Kessler Bardine Torkos went with the angels on January 8, 2021.  She was born in Waynesburg, Ohio on March 10, 1925, the daughter of the late Harry Kessler and  Beatrice Williams Kessler.  She graduated from Dellroy High School in 1943.  She worked in defense plants during World War II.  After the war she worked for Peoples Service Drug Stores.

She was preceded in death by her first husband C. Herbert Bardine who she married in 1950, who was killed in a train-car accident in 1958 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.  In 1962 she married William Torkos who owned and operated a business in Cleveland and Carrollton, Ohio.   In 1972 they moved to Orlando, Florida where they operated men's wear stores until 1980 when William went to work at Walt Disney World.  She then went to work for various gift shops on International Drive and the Van Heusen Shirt company.  William preceded her in death in 2004.

She is survived by a daughter Debra (Gary S "Sonny" Roberts of Ocoee, FL; son Michael (Donna) Torkos of Windermere; stepson Bela (Sally) Torkos of Rockledge;  4 grandchildren, Kayla Torkos of Windermere, Shawn (Kimberly) Roberts of Kissimmee, Christina (Weaver) Roberts of Clermont, Kellene (Whitham) Roberts of Clermont; 3 great grandchildren, Noah, Brayden and Kaitlyn.

She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church , St. Andrew Womens Club, and the Golden Ears Club. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 am.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Massillon, Ohio with graveside service.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, please give generously to:

  • Covenant House of Florida, 733 Breakers Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Association of the Miraculous Medal, 1811 West St. Joseph St, Perrysville, MO 63775
  • St. Joseph Indian School, Special Gift Dept. PO Box 100, Chamberlin, SD 57325

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