Irene Bernice Torkkola, age 90, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Froedtert South-Pleasant Prairie.
Born in Becker County, MN on February 5, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Eino and Effie (Arola) Mattila. She grew up attending local schools and graduated from Menagha High School.
On May 6, 1951, she was united in marriage to Howard Torkkola. They were blessed with 53 years of marriage and two children.
She was a member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church and the VFW Auxiliary. Irene had a heart of gold and would do anything for her family and friends. A devout and strong Christian that would speak the mind about life and would let you know her thoughts. She enjoyed serving at the senior lunch center, socializing, and made many long-term friendships. She enjoyed a life of learning through reading, especially about finances! Times with family and friends on the telephone or in person were most enjoyable. She touched the lives of many people in different ways and she will be missed.
Irene is survived by her children, Cheryl (Jeff) Raduechel and Dean (Terri Hirlinger) Torkkola; her grandchildren, Stacy (Justin) Ray, Jenny and Kelly Radeuchel; her great grandchildren, Ethan and Tessa Ray; her sisters, Helen Salo, Miriam Potila, Peggy Melina and Linda Hanninen.
In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Howard Torkkola; her brothers, Henry, Alland, Butch and Elmer Mattila and Curtis Kummala and her sister, Katie Pulju.