Soffus Thorvald Torkelson, age 67, died at home in Manahawkin, NJ on August 15, 2010.Born in Baytown, TX and raised in Elkhart, TX, Soffus graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, Baytown, TX in 1962.Soffus lived at various times in Kansas City, MO and Boonton Township, NJ; he retired and resided in Manahawkin, NJ.
Soffus was preceded in death by his first wife of 28 years, Loa McKinney Torkelson of Baytown and his parents Soffus F. Torkelson and Gladys Wells Torkelson of Baytown, TX.
Soffus served in the United States Army from 1962-1965 and served in South Korea with the rank of SP4 E4.He worked for Hitachi Data Systems as a Senior Computer Engineer.Soffus was Finance Officer of American Legion Post 511 of Manahawkin, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach; St. Francis Adult Choir; Village Harbor Civic Assoc.; St. Francis Men’s Spirituality Group; Men’s Cornerstone Retreat Team Member; and Member of Pine Barren Modelers, Radio Control Aviation Club.
Survivors are: Beloved wife, Genevieve Jean (Eytel), Daughter Karen (Torkelson) Briggs, married to John Briggs of PA, son Erik Torkelson of Granby, CT, Step-children Thomas Eytel of New Hampshire, Marya Eytel of Manahawkin, Kevin Eytel of Virginia, Victoria Young married to Eric Young of Ewing, NJ. Grandfather to Joshua & Samuel Torkelson, Aaron & Jack Briggs, William Broach, Rebecca Eytel, Samantha, Steven and Christina Tussel, Allistaire Young, Collin Walker, and Cameron Young. Brother Jerry and Katherine Torkelson of Lewiston, ID, sisters Sue Morris Davis of Elkhart, TX and Frances Burr of Holt, Mo.
A Funeral Liturgy was held on Friday August 20, 2010 at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ.Entombment was at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ.
Soffus traced his family line to:
1.TORKILD1 PEDERSEN was born Unknown in Norway.He married ANNE ANDERSDATTER.She was born Unknown.
Children of TORKILD PEDERSEN and ANNE ANDERSDATTER are:
i. TOBIAS2 TERKELSEN, b. December 02, 1827, Book at StatsarkIV in Christiansand, Norge, Village of Float; d. 1905.
ii. INGEBURG TORKILDATTER, b. Unknown.
iii. ANDRES THORKILDSEN.
Notes for ANDRES THORKILDSEN:
Andres Torkildsen and Ingeburg Thorkildatter were witnesses at Torvald Theodor Torkelson's (Thorkildsen) birth.May have been kin to Tobias, perhaps a brother and sister of Tobias the father.Our time allotted in Norway ended before we were able to trace back further, but the data is there if you go there and likely can be put to computer now.
Generation No. 2
2.TOBIAS2 TERKELSEN (TORKILD1 PEDERSEN) was born December 02, 1827 in Book at StatsarkIV in Christiansand, Norge, Village of Float, and died 1905.He married MAREN SOFIE ELIZABETH ELIASDATTER.She was born May 15, 1837, and died Abt. 1882.