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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Tuesday May 24th, 2022
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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St. Richard Catholic Church
Wednesday May 25th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Richard Catholic Church
Wednesday May 25th, 2022

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George Christopher "Chris" Torda

George Christopher “Chris” Torda, age 77, of Swanton, Ohio, died Friday morning, May 20, 2022 at Flower Hospital. Chris was born January 26, 1945 to George A. and Ann S. (Liptak) Torda. He was raised in the Birmingham neighborhood and attended Holy Rosary, St. Stephens, Macomber and The University of Toledo. Chris served in the United States Army 1st Infantry Division during Vietnam, was wounded, and awarded the Purple Heart. On October 11, 1969, he married Elizabeth A. Arvay.

Chris was a member of St. Richard Catholic Parish and Swanton VFW Post #8598. He enjoyed playing chess, and the challenge of teaching whomever wanted to learn. His best times were family cookouts, where he would share with the family the correct and best way to cook “Hungarian Turkey”.

Chris is survived by the love of his life, his soul mate and caretaker, Liz; sister, Georgia Travis and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ann R. Torda, Betty Kruger and Mary Mather; and his brother, John Torda.

The family would like to express the deepest appreciation to the fantastic and caring ICU Team at Flower Hospital.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 24th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday, May 25th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church in Swaton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Fr. Eric Culler presiding. Interment, with Military Rites, will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Flights of angels sing thee to the rest, Chris.


Rosie Sabo May 25 2022 7:25 PM

Will always treasure the memories we shared at the VFW. You and Liz were always good friends.

Karen Bundy May 24 2022 7:14 PM

God bless you Uncle Chris

John Travis May 23 2022 5:38 PM

I know that you are with family 😇😇 and that is a warm feeling.

Roussel Powell May 23 2022 5:05 PM

Elizabeth, I am so sorry to hear of George's passing, my condolences. I will always remember our little monthly chats in my office for so many years. He was a good friend, may God bless you and your family.

Mike Patterson May 23 2022 1:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of George Torda

Rob Kruger May 22 2022 9:37 AM

I will forever and always cherish the memories of growing up on Burger Street with my Uncle Chris.

Rob Kruger May 22 2022 9:30 AM

I so enjoyed playing cards with George at the VFW. It was an honor being his friend. R.I. P my Friend.

Darla Mae Dutridge May 22 2022 7:36 AM

The man that just passed from our world was known as "Uncle Chris" to all of us from the "Travis Clan." For me, Uncle Chris was always a man that I looked up to. Besides his father, I considered him to be one of my few "mentors." He was truly a "Man's Man." He took my brother and I to fishing trips, even to what we thought was an ocean (later found out it was Lake Erie). We watched him and his brother John bow hunt, and do all the "manly things" that young lads are thrilled to experience. Uncle Chris visited us in Baton Rouge, LA , the last time being with his beautiful wife Cookie, to attend my wedding. Oh, how time can grow wings. In my heart of hearts, I believe his was a life well spent. He risked his life in the jungles of Viet Nam, defending our country, only to come home the a country that did not entirely appreciate his sacrifice. And while Uncle Chris held many different jobs, "diamond hunter" was not one of them. But that is exactly what he was when he found Cookie. She is the best part of his life, and certainly a "jewel!" Cookie is the only woman, I believe, that could understand and compliment Uncle Chris. I am sorry to say this Uncle Chris, but Cookie is way funnier than you. As I pass through the memories of what is left of my life, you will be in a lot of the "very best" of them. You will always be one of the very best men I have looked up to in my life. My last prayer for you that I have, is the vision I have of you this very moment. I see a young, handsome man standing before Jesus. And before you can utter a word, I can see and hear our Savior saying "well done, my precious son." God bless you Uncle Chris, and one day I will be so glad to give my favorite Uncle a hug, and ask you, " so what have you been doing with your time?" ❤️🙏

Jack A, Travis II May 21 2022 10:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of George Torda

Judy Travis May 21 2022 9:21 AM

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