Barbara Mae Toreson

Barbara Mae Toreson, 82, of Wells, ME, formerly of Melrose, MA, died Monday, January 19, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Malden, MA on September 16, 1932, the daughter of George William and Mildred Louise (Sheppard) Steele. She grew up in Melrose, MA, graduating from Melrose High School.

On May 16, 1958, she married Carl Wilhelm Toreson, and this year would have been their 57th wedding anniversary.

Barbara was a realtor for many years in the Amherst and Hollis, New Hampshire, areas. When not working, she enjoyed knitting, writing poetry, and keeping her home spotless.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, George Steele.

She is survived by her loving husband Carl of Wells; three sons, Barry Sykes of Chelmsford, MA, William Sykes of Manchester, NH, Scott Sykes of Winlock, WA; her daughter Laurie Toreson of Milford, NH; a brother, Gerald Steele of Naples, FL; and 17 grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Wells, 1695 Post Road, Wells, ME with Rev. Charity Omartian. Burial will be private. Should friends choose, memorial donations in her name are encouraged to: Congregational Church of Wells, Attn: Steeple Rebuilding Fund, PO Box 759, Wells, ME 04090.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, Wells, ME 04090. www.