Tore S. Allegrezza

May 28, 1913 - Jan. 4, 2006

Tore S. Allegrezza, 92, of North Lake, peacefully returned to his beloved heavenly father Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, while in the presence of loved ones.

Born on May 28, 1913, in Chisholm, Minn., to Dominic and Antonia (Farreri) Allegrezza, he was baptized and raised in Caparucci, Italy, and Chisholm.

Tore was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and community servant. Tore married Lucille Monarski on Dec. 30, 1939. During their 57-year marriage they lived in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D., Milwaukee and finally North Lake.

Tore received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master of arts in social studies from the University of Colorado. Tore held positions as an educator, counselor, rehabilitation specialist and administrator, obtaining many service awards and honors. Perhaps most notably he served as the executive director of the Curative Workshop (Curative Care Network) of Milwaukee from 1954 to 1975. Under his leadership the Curative Workshop of Milwaukee became the first extensive rehabilitation facility in the United States to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. His tenure culminated in the construction of a new building in 1975. In formal recognition of his "21 years of unstinting service" to the Curative Workshop of Milwaukee, the new vocational department was dedicated as the Tore S. Allegrezza Vocational Rehabilitation Center. Tore served as president of the National Rehabilitation Association and the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association.

Tore was a 4th degree knight in the Knights of Columbus and the North Dakota state deputy. He was a devoted member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Milwaukee and St. Clare’s Parish in North Lake. Upon retirement, Tore founded and organized the St. Clare Chapter of the St. Vincent De Paul Conference to serve any person in need of food and clothing; the lonely, aged and sick, the homebound and nursing home patients, the dying, estranged, neglected, prisoners and the forgotten and fearful. Tore dedicated the last 25 years of his life as a full-time volunteer with the St. Vincent De Paul Conference where he touched innumerable hearts and lives. On May 2, 2002, Tore was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Volunteer Center of Waukesha County.

He is survived by his children, Thomas (Peggy) Allegrezza of Boise, Idaho, Patricia Moore of Pittsburgh and Kathie Allegrezza of Venice, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Jill McCullough Squire, Sharon Moore, Jenny Allegrezza, Stacy Wise, Nancy Jo Misiaszek, Kyle Olson, Jesse Olson and Chad Olson; seven great-grandchildren; and dear neighbors, friends and relatives, especially granddaughter-in-law Robin Olson and Annie Schroeder.

Tore was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lucille; daughter, Peggy Olson; sister, Margaret; and brothers, Arthur and Dante.

Besides serving the community and providing love and inspiration to his family and friends, Tore was an avid gardener, bocce ball player and cook of traditional Italian cuisine. Those he has left behind will rejoice in his exceptional life for many years to come.

The family especially wants to thank all of those who have helped to lovingly care for and visit Tore in his infirmed years. You have given much comfort not only to Tore but also to the family members who live so far away.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at St. Clare Catholic Church, Highway 83, North Lake. Burial will be in St. Clare Cemetery, followed by a luncheon and fellowship in Clare Hall. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Memorials may be made to St. Clare St. Vincent de Paul Society, P.O. Box 68, North Lake, WI 53064.

Luko-Evert Funeral Home of Hartland, 367-2156, is assisting the family.