Adolph "Zeke" Torzewski(1930 - 2013)

Adolph "Zeke" Torzewski

Adolph "Zeke" Torzewski, age 83, a long-time Custer resident, died too soon on July 21, 2013 at The Lodge at Whispering Pines in Plover, WI.

Adolph was born in Wausau, WI, on May 17, 1930 to the late Adolph & Mary (Kalk) Torzewski. He grew up in the Town of Lanark and graduated from Waupaca High School.

After high school, Zeke joined the Air Force and served in the Korean War for 4 years. He was honorably discharged in 1955 with rank of Staff Sergeant.

Zeke then attended and later graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1957 with a Bachelors Degree in History and a minor in Political Science.

He met the love of his life, Alice, in Omaha, NE while stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. Zeke married Alice Barmettler on October 16, 1954 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in the Town of Lanark. They were happily married for over 58 years.

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 the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. In 1985 he retired from UW-Stevens Point as the Assistant Chancellor for Business Affairs.

In his spare time, Zeke enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, pouring concrete, and traveling. He especially loved spending time with his family. He was a member of Veterans for Peace and the Wisconsin Beekeepers Association. Zeke enjoyed volunteering for JusticeWorks, Operation Bootstrap, Portage County Democratic Party, Community Industries Corporation, and being an Advisor to the Student Government Association while at UWSP. He held an extreme sense of fairness and fought against injustices in his community.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alice; children, Mike (Janeen Kwarciany) Torzewski of Amherst, Tom (LaVada) Torzewski of Amherst, Karen (Darryl) Lorbeski of Lanark, Sharon (Dale) Reichert of Custer; grandchildren, Patrick Lorbeski, Katie (Shane) Weddle, and Rachel Reichert. He is further survived by his sister, Betty Balistreri; brother, Bill Torzewski; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Patsy.

No services are being held per Zeke's request. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UWSP Foundation - Dept 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. Online condolences may be made at

Zeke was a wonderful husband, loving father and grandfather, and a poor loser at Sheepshead.

The family would like to thank the caring and loving staff at The Lodge at Whispering Pines and Point Family Practice.


Funeral Home

Boston Funeral Home & Crematory
1649 Briggs St Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 344-4223

Published in Stevens Point Journal on July 23, 2013