YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Madge Evans Tormey passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 23 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 81 years old.
Tormey was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York. She attended St. Gabriel High School and received a degree in elementary education from Hunter College and a master’s from Westchester Community College. After marrying her lifelong partner, Martin James Tormey in 1955, Tormey moved to Yorktown Heights where she lived for 55 years. She was a teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in the Lakeland School District for 30 years and was a strong proponent of education. She was an early adopter of the open classroom, where school children move at their own pace in their learning.
Tormey leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Martin; her sister, Jean Lange, of Yorktown Heights; her three children, Christopher Evan Tormey, and his wife Carolyn; Maribeth Tormey Darwin and her husband Don; and Phyllis Tormey Roberts and her husband Corey; her nine grandchildren: Justin, Brian, Severin and Mackenna Tormey; Evan, Russell and DJ Darwin; and Sam and Ginger Roberts; nieces and nephews, who love her and will miss her; and many good friends in Yorktown, New Rochelle, Melrose Massachusetts and Scottsdale, Arizona.
She is predeceased by her brothers, George “Evan” Evans and John “Neil” Evans. Memorial contributions may be made to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Madge’s honor by contributing to the Madge Evans Tormey Education Memorial c/o Melrose Cooperative Bank, 638 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176.
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