Barbara A. Torok

CORTLAND – Barbara A. Torok (nee Planing), age 81, of Cortland, died unexpectedly at her home, Oct. 2, 2018.

Born June 5, 1937, in Cleveland, to the late Louis G. and Gertrude A. (nee Koesel) Planinc, she lived in Chardon and Mentor on the Lake before moving to Cortland, living at Walnut Run Senior Villas, where she was surrounded by friends, enjoying each other’s company and playing Bingo.

Barb was a Primary School Teacher for the Cleveland City Schools for 10 years, until she became a mother and stayed at home to raise her children.

Barbara was an animal lover, but her greatest joy was spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie L. (Felipe) Coleman, of Eastlake, and Becky L. (Joseph) Nay, of Johnston Township; grandchildren, Joseph and Nicholas Zako, Lunna and Felipe Coleman, Emily and Abigail Nay; and sister-in-law, Effie Planinc.

She also leaves her former husband and friend, Robert Torok.

She was preceded by her brother, Thomas L. Planinc.

The family will receive friends Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., Chardon, followed by the service at 1 p.m., and burial at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.

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