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Lela M. Torrens

Lela M. Torrens

Lela Mae, nee Falkenhein, Torrens, 78, of Lenzburg, IL; born on June 23, 1942 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. 

Mrs. Torrens and her husband were long time farmers. She was also the owner and operator of Peacock Site Bar and Grill in New Athens, IL. Lela was a member of St. John United Church of Christ and served with the St. John Women’s Guild. She was part of the same card club for over 50 years. Most of all Lela loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Adolph and Doris, nee Sackwitz, Falkenhein. One step-brother – Wayne Schmidt.

She is survived by her husband – Jim Torrens who she married on October 14, 1961 in Belleville, IL. Her daughter – Tammy (Vincent J.) Kiefer, Jr. of Lenzburg, IL. Her grandchildren – Vincent (Ciara Kabat – Fiance) Kiefer III; James Kiefer; Leah Kiefer. One sister – Mary (Ted) Thomas of New Athens, IL. Her step-mother – Ella Falkenhein of New Athens, IL. Two half sisters – Donna (Kelly) Boyd; Sandra (Richard) Cummings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to BJC Hospice.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may visit at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.

Entombment: Entombment will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Butch and Rosann Amann says:

    Jim, Tammy and Family

    Sincere sympathy on your great loss. We will not be able to attend Lela’s funeral, but will be thinking of you

  2. Joan Acker says:

    Jim and Family, Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time.

  3. Jim & Carol Cange says:

    Jim and family, We are so sorry to learn of Lela’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  4. Cindy Funk says:

    Jim and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Lela’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I hope in time you can look back with lesser sadness and remember the joy and happy memories you had together.

  5. So sorry for the loss of a wonderful classmate. Our Prayers are with the family.

  6. Dora GARLAND says:

    We love this picture of Lela, and will remember her always full of fun and laughter. Jim we always have good memories of you two. Our heartfelt sympathies to you and the family… Love and hugs.

  7. RUth RIeso says:

    Jim, so sorry to hear Lela passed. I think often of the good times Norm and I spent with you both.

  8. Donna & Boozie says:

    Jim and family, We will always have fond memories of the fun times at Peacock Site. There was never a dull moment when Lela was around. Will never forget her “headache in the neck” and the time she tried to shoot a coyote from inside the dining room, she missed the coyote but almost shot the propane tank. You have our deepest sympathy.

  9. Lisa Phelps says:

    Lela was one of my most treasured friends. I loved working at Peacock Site, and I will cherish so many great memories. Jim, Tammy, Vince, Mary, and the Grandkids, I loved Lela, and you all will hold a special place in my heart. May God bring you many blessings.

  10. Renee & Charles Turner says:

    Dear Jim, Tammy and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Lela will greatly be missed. I have many fond memories of her that I will always treasure. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Pam Weinhoffer says:

    Jim, Tammy and family,
    Sorry for your loss. Lela was known and loved by so many people and will be missed dearly. She is an icon of graciousness. May your memories sustain you.

  12. Donna Wolf says:

    So very sorry for your loss.

  13. Becky (Haefner) Hays says:

    Jim, Tammy and Family, I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Lela was so warm and welcoming at her home or her business. A light has gone dim on earth but shines eternal in Heaven. Marshall and I always enjoyed our visits.

  14. Roger Patton says:

    Jim, Tammy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Lela will surely be missed.

  15. Ron & Kim Hampton says:

    Jim, Tammy & family, sending our condolences. May your many memories of Lela get you through this hard time. Thinking of you all.

  16. P. J. Gale says:

    Prayers for Jim, Tammy and family. Lela was an icon and will be missed and remembered by so many people.

    • Helen Mccloskey says:

      Lela was loved by all who knew her and thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Blessings and comfort to all.

  17. Chiyoko Louise Gussin née Miller says:

    My condolences to the family. Fond memories of the Peacock.

  18. Marcia Owens says:

    Dear Tammy:

    So sorry for the loss of your Mom. I still see her smile and remember all the good times at Peacock Site. Prayers for strength for you and your family.

    • Vicki Wildy & Ralph Wildy says:

      Jim & Tammy & Vince & family ! So sorry to hear of Lela’s passing ! She was a very warm & beautiful lady !
      We had many good times at Peacock Site & many folks have fond memories of her & Jim & her friendly smile ! Know she will be missed by many folks in the New Athens area ! Thoughts & prayers go out to all her family ! Peace !

  19. Sue Ann Werner says:

    Lela was a wonderful person! She will be very much missed, but always remembered. Prayers to Jim, Tammy and family.

  20. Linda Gilchrest (NAPA) says:

    Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you at this time.

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