YOUNGSTOWN – Carol Lee Torres, 82, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2022, at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born February 29, 1940, the eldest daughter of Delbert and Mary Pflug Smith, and has resided in the area all her life.
Carol was a graduate of East High School and a proud homemaker, always making her family her top priority.
She enjoyed renovating their homes with her husband, reading, cooking/baking, sewing, ceramics and crocheting. She has been active in several pairs and women’s bowling leagues throughout her life. She had a near-perfect game of 298 in 1983 for the Youngstown Women’s Bowling Association. She earned Bronze Coaching certification and taught Struthers Wildcats high school students from 2012-2013. Many students have gone on to become exceptional bowlers. She also traveled to bowling tournaments, bringing home many winnings from those events. She worked as a secretary for many years at the Holiday Bowl.
Carol also enjoyed golfing and was a member/secretary of the Mill Creek Ladies Golf Association. She also participated in other women’s golf outings as a favorite among her peers. It was not uncommon for her to be on the greens in the morning and bowling in the evening.
She leaves behind to preserve her memories, her husband of over 62 years, Albert Torres Jr., whom she married on November 15, 1958; his children, Carol M. Torres, Albert Torres III, Daniel Torres, and Michael Torres; his seven beloved grandchildren, Sarah Torres Dietz, Amanda (Bob) Smolko, Carrie Gray, Brittany Torres, Alicia Torres, Brian Torres and Ryan Torres; his 10 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Jenna, Landon, Hayden, Olivia, Dominic, Lucas, Adrian, Ayden and Sébastien; and one brother, Richard Smith; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Besides her parents, Carol was predeceased by her son, Brian Torres; one sister, Alice Bott; and two brothers, Leroy Smith and Robert Smith.
Carol’s family would like to offer thanks, love and gratitude to these strong and beautiful women: Sherri Thompson, who put her life on hold to stay with our mother through her ordeal until the end ; Amanda Smolko, while working full time, caring for her family, still took the time to help with our mother’s care; Sarah Torres Dietz, always on hand when needed to help in any way while going through her own cancer treatments; and Brittney Torres, also ready to help and to those not mentioned, thank you! His family would also like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at Hospice of The Valley for all the care and compassion they have shown during this difficult time.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022 at Thompson Filicky Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Youngstown, with a funeral service beginning at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charities, on behalf of Carol Torres.
Family and friends can visit www.thompsonfh1932.com to view this obituary or send their condolences to Carol’s family.