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Mary Lou Torchia

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Mary Lou (Prentice) Torchia, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, surrounded by her family, at the Haven of Our Lady of Peace in Pensacola, Fla.

Mary Lou was born Aug. 28, 1932, to Walter and Zita Prentice in Peru. She graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School in 1950. She married Anthony "Tony" Torchia on Dec. 29, 1951. Five children were born from that union. She and Tony raised their children in Princeton, where she resided until she retired.

Throughout her lifetime she worked at Bell Telephone Co., Princeton School District and Allen Lumber Yard. When she retired, she moved to Hickory, N.C., and then eventually to Pensacola, Fla.

Mary Lou was an avid bridge player and attained the distinction of Life Master. Throughout the years she volunteered with the Cub Scouts, Campfire Girls, 4-H, Newcomers, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and the Frye Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, where she served as president for two years. She was a devout Catholic and an active member of the parishes she attended during her lifetime. She was a very lively and vivacious person, and enjoyed many activities such as line dancing, traveling, knitting, cross stitching, baking and spending time with her friends and family.

Mary Lou is preceded in death by her husband, Tony, and son-in-law Bob Cripe.

She is survived by her children, Tom (Sheila) Torchia of Pensacola, Fla., Nina Cripe of Baldwin, Wis., Rob Torchia of Shorewood, Tim (Susan) Torchia of Memphis, Tenn., and Mike (Patti) Torchia of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial Mass took place Oct. 25 at Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit in Pensacola, Fla., and she will be buried next to her husband in Princeton.

Donations may be made in her memory to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in care of Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, 10650 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32507. Condolences may be left for the family at www.trahanfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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