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Obituary: Marie Therese Torkelsen

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Marie Therese Torkelsen 1931 ~ 2007 Marie was born in Liverpool England in 1931. Her parents were Abram Thomas Brookfield and Catherine Mary Weldon. She was raised with five siblings, Bob, Kaye, Margaret, Pat, and Tony. Marie died April 8, 2007 at Federal Heights Skilled Nursing Facility from complications of a stroke. Marie married Gary Thomas Torkelsen in 1954 in England. Their first child, Therese (Terry) was born in 1955. Later that year the family moved from England to Utah. In 1957 another daughter, Christina (Tina) Marie Torkelsen was born. The family spent three years living in Wyoming before they returned to Utah, eventually settling in Riverton. In 1962, a son, Phillip Thomas Torkelsen was born. Gary and Marie divorced in 1975. Marie returned to school to pursue a nursing degree as she had previously attended a nursing program in England prior to meeting Gary. Marie was a LPN for 20 years on the Medical/Surgical floor at Alta View Hospital. She loved being a nurse and helping her patients feel well cared for. She retired from nursing at the age of 68 in 1999. Her three children and their spouses, Terry and Ron Halls (Missoula); Tina and Donnie Zakraisek (Salt Lake City); and Phillip and Twyla Torkelsen (Salt Lake City); survive her. Also surviving her are her grandchildren and their spouses, Christi and Eric Robinson (Riverton); Greg and Tara Halls (Missoula); Sean Halls (Missoula); Patrick Torkelsen (Salt Lake City); and Zane Zakraisek (Salt Lake City). Marie was also looking forward to the birth of her first great-grandchild in July of 2007. Friends may call from 6-7 p.m. Friday, April 13th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3015 Creek Road, Cottonwood Heights. A vigil will follow at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Thomas More on Sat., April 14th at 10:00 a.m. Friends may call one hour before the mass. Burial will follow at Larkin Sunset Gardens.