Irene Dora Torgerson


September 16, 1915 - October 11, 2009




Irene Dora Torgerson was born September 16, 1915, to Louis and Mary (Schuldt) Hansen, at Hardwick, MN. She moved to Sanborn County, SD with her family at an early age. On December 25, 1933, she married John Torgerson at Woonsocket.  They lived in Forestburg where she was a telephone operator. She was a teachers aid, worked on the hot lunch program and for thirty-five years she assisted her husband, John, as a bus driver and custodian at the Forestburg School. She had been a resident of Mitchell since 1993. She had been a member of the Forestburg Lutheran Church, James Valley Community Center and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell.

She is survived by two children: Arlene Baysinger and husband, Richard of Artesian, Lamoine Torgerson and wife, Barb of Mitchell; seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1995, one son, Elmer Torgerson, three brothers: Albert, Walter and Julius Hansen, and one grandson, Tom Torgerson.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, October 14, 2009
1:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
1400 East 2nd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Wynette and Nick Voorhees on October 13, 2009
Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, grandmother and great grandother.... We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers...
Posted by Carol (Senska) Schade on October 13, 2009
Seeing Irene's picture and reading the obituary brought back many wonderful memories of the entire Torgeson family and their impact on my younger years. What a special woman -- Irene. Still tell people that we had the "best" food in the lunchroom. It was always nice to be greeted by Irene's smiling face and hear the laughter.
Posted by Dean and Dianna Senska on October 12, 2009
She was a great lady...she had a special place in alot of students at FHS hearts....she influenced many a students life ...little did she know that at the time. She has a family to be very proud of. She will be remember by many of us that were fortunate to be a part of her life.

God Bless Irene and may she rest in His loving arm where she has peace at last.

May her family find peace during this time of a great loss to them. Just remember the great memories you have of her, you are so blessed to have shared her life.
Posted by Phil and Barb Jennings on October 12, 2009
LaMoine & Barb:

Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Mother. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!
Posted by Jim and Susan Johannsen on October 12, 2009
So sorry to hear of Irene's passing. What a grand lady!! She and Johnny hold a special place in the lifes of many a school child that went to Forestburg!
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