Josephine J. Torchal (nee Dropka), 97, of Brookfield and formerly of North Riverside and Cicero, died on Feb. 28, 2016. 

Born on March 19, 1918, she was a homemaker and past-president of the Mater Christi Parish Women’s Guild. 

Ms. Torchal is survived by her stepchildren, Barbara (James) Novak, Richard (Marian) Torchal and Dorothy (late James) Jordan; many step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren; her nieces and nephew, Joan (Bruce) Smothers, Carl (Missy) Dropka and Maryann (Wally) Ambrose; her great-niece and nephews, Lynn (David) Womack, Dan (Eve) Dropka, Tom (Christy) Dropka, and Michael Dropka. 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, William Mielkarski and Hilary Torchal; her stepdaughter, Virginia Torchal; her siblings, Vivi, Jean, Fran, Kaz, Buddy and Ace; and her nephews, Edwin Dropka and Edmund Mack. 

Visitation is planned for Thursday, March 3 at 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. at North Riverside’s Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave., followed by a 9:30 a.m. funeral Mass at Mater Christi Church, 2431 10th Ave. in North Riverside. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.