Born May 7, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late George and Clara (Schmitz) Torongo, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at the age of 96.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 69 years, Reba; son-in-law, Dan Weinlander; granddaughter, Stacey (Evan) Blake; great-granddaughter, Phoebe Blake; sister, Eileen Peltier, along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Mr. Torongo was preceded in death by his daughter, Terri Weinlander; son, Joseph Torongo, Jr.; and six siblings, George, Jr., Clara, Leona, Sally, Helen, and Louie.
Joe was a Veteran of WWII, landing on Omaha Beach two days after D-Day. His 430th AAA/AWBn went across France into Belgium (Battle of the Bulge) and into Holland, then Germany. The war in ETO ended on his birthday, May 7th. Joe worked for the County of Wayne and the State of Michigan Department of Social Services in Detroit. He retired in 1980. In 1987, he and his wife moved to Lansing to be closer to their daughter. He was an avid fan of MSU basketball and football and served his Lansing Township Community on the Board of Review for ten years.
No services will be held at this time.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in loving memory of Joe, to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 or to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827