George Torkelson, age 96 of The New Glarus Home, formerly of Blanchardville, died on Sunday evening, October 21, 2018 at The New Glarus Home surrounded by his family. He was born on November 22, 1921. He went to school in Argyle. He married Lenora Watkins on January 13, 1942 in Brodhead. They were together until September 18th of that year when George entered the Army during WWII. He served three years in Sicily, Italy, France and Germany during the war. He was discharged from the Army as a Buck Corporal on September 24, 1945. After working in cheese factories for several years he worked as a custodian for the Blanchardville and Pecatonica Schools in Blanchardville. His wife Lenora died on October 15, 2003. He later married Marilyn DeNure on June 14, 2008.
George is survived by his wife, Marilyn Torkelson of New Glarus; and two daughters, Nedra Torkelson, and Georgia (Albert) Alter, both of Blanchardville; two grandsons, Michael Endres (Becca Hanna) of Verona, and Anthony (Monica) Endres of Oregon; many step-children and grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Kolb of New Glarus, formerly of Blanchardville.
A visitation for George Torkelson will be held on Wednesday evening, October 24, 2018 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at Blanchard Hall at 206 South Main Street in Blanchardville. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope Lutheran Church at 305 Madison St. in Blanchardville. A catered funeral lunch will follow at Blanchard Hall. The Saether Funeral Home in Blanchardville is assisting the family. Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.saetherfuneralhome.com.