THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mark E. Torinus
Mark E. Torinus, 60, executive coach, non-profit foundation leader and journalist, passed away Wednesday evening, Aug. 21. He suffered a serious heart attack early in 2010, and died suddenly at his home in Brookfield.
Survivors include his wife, Maryclaire (Krienke); a son, Nathan (Cynthia); two daughters, Sarah and Anne; and two grandchildren.
Born in Green Bay on Dec. 9, 1952 the last of six children, his parents were John and Louise Torinus, formerly of DePere. He attended Abbot Pennings High School in DePere, where he was senior class president. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975 and while there wrote for and helped edit the Daily Dartmouth, became president of the fraternity Kappa Kappa Kappa, and graduated cum laude in government. He was an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth College applicants for 35 years.
He co-owned the Menominee Herald-Leader with two older brothers from 1975 to 1983, ultimately serving as Editor and General Manager. He also served as President of the Menominee United Way, and co-founded the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited. When the brothers eventually sold to The Janesville Gazette, he moved to Janesville to become editor. During his tenure, The Gazette started the Sunday edition and the paper put out journalism of which he was proud. He was a founding member of the Janesville Sports Hall of Fame and served on the City Zoning Board of Appeals.
In 1994, he embarked on a second career in the non-profit sector, taking a job as Campaign Director for United Way of Northern Rock County, then as a division Campaign Director for United Way of Milwaukee and in 1996, became President of the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc. The marquee program at WFIC helped minority, low income and first-generation students build the dream of attending college, and then realize that dream. Statewide, the program helped more than 500 students per year graduate from high school and matriculate into higher education. Known as College Readiness 21, the program was Mark's crowning professional achievement.
His third career began in 2010 as an executive coach for future leaders of family companies, by leading an executive forum affiliated with a company called TEC Midwest. He also served as President the Greater Delafield Community Fund and Chair of the Village of Summit Zoning Board of Appeals.
His hobbies included fishing, fly fishing, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, cross country and downhill skiing, bird watching, golfing and reading American history.
Visitation was on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Krause Funeral Home, Brookfield with a vigil service at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's on the Lake Catholic Church, Pewaukee. A short visitation at 10 a.m. preceded the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to The Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee.