Adolph “Zeke” Torzewski, 83, a long-time Custer resident and retired assistant chancellor for business affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at The Lodge at Whispering Pines in Plover.
No services will be held per his request.
Memorials may be made to UWSP Foundation-Department of History, 1801 Fourth Avenue CCC #447, Stevens Point, WI 54481; or to the Veterans for Peace Organization, 216 South Meramec Ave. St. Louis, MO 63105.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Torzewski was born May 17, 1930, in Wausau, a son of the late Adolph and Mary (Kalk) Torzewski. He grew up in the town of Lanark and graduated from Waupaca High School.
After high school, he joined the Air Force and served for four years, including in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955 with rank of staff sergeant.
He then attended and graduated from UWSP in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in political science.
He was married to Alice Barmettler on Oct. 16, 1954, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in the town of Lanark.
He was employed with the state of Wisconsin in Madison and served as the state budget analyst, personnel director, and director of data processing. He and his family moved to Custer in 1968 where he continued his state career with UWSP. In 1985 he retired from UWSP as the assistant chancellor for business affairs.
He was a member of Veterans for Peace and the Wisconsin Beekeepers Association. He volunteered for JusticeWorks, Operation Bootstrap, the Portage County Democratic Party, Community Industries Corp. and as an adviser to the Student Government Association while at UWSP.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Mike (Janeen Kwarciany) and Tom (LaVada), both of Amherst; two daughters, Karen (Darryl) Lorbeski, Lanark, and Sharon (Dale) Reichert, Custer; one sister, Betty Balistreri; one brother, Bill Torzewski; and three grandchildren, Patrick Lorbeski, Katie (Shane) Weddle and Rachel Reichert.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Patsy.