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Joseph G. Torrez
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society-St. Michael the Archangel Parish (311 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15216), or to the charity of your choice.

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“Joe never forgot his hometown, and we enjoyed his visits, and I will never forget the time that Father Manzo had us sing at a weekday wedding mass,...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Thomasa Cisneros - Kanopolis, KS

“Jerry and I have always enjoyed visiting with Uncle Joe, and we've exchanged cards and letters to keep him up to date with Mike and Mark's children. ...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Mary Hittle - Silver City, NM

“Uncle Joe, will be greatly missed, but he was met with open arms by his family that went before him.Until we are reunited in our heavenly home.Much...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Deb Walsh - Fremont, CA - family

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, remember we are across the street if you need anything. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Davis Family - Pittsburgh, PA


Joseph Gabriel Torrez, age 86, passed away on October 8, 2021. Born to parents, Jose Maria and Dionisia Villalobos Torrez in Kanopolis, KS, Joseph served in the US Army after graduating from Rockhurst University. He pursued his Masters of Social Work at St. Louis University where he met his future wife Rita, whom he married in 1965. For 35 years, he worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA before retiring in 2003. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace parish where he was an Eucharistic Minister for over 30 years. His greatest role in life was that of husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. Affectionately known as "Big Guy", "Pop", "Poppy", Dad, and "Dother", he was a gentle soul. He was always there when he was needed, and knew also when to stand back and let go. He was the rock of the family and will be greatly missed. In addition to his wife of 56 years Rita, he is survived by his children, Joseph (Mariette) of Abu Dhabi, UAE, Timothy of Richmond, VA, Brian (Joseph) of Pittsburgh, PA, Maria (Alfred) Sossi also of Pittsburgh, PA, and five grandchildren, Anna, Kevin, Ryan, Nicholas and Joshua. Joseph is also survived by his sister, Margaret Cowen of Oakley, CA and brother, Fr. Basil Torrez of Quinter, KS, and many many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by nine blessed siblings. Friends welcome Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 2-8 p.m., WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800) 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp., 15220. Catholic Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Parish-Our Lady of Grace Church, Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society-St. Michael the Archangel Parish (311 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15216), or to the charity of your choice.
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