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Charles S. Torbeck Sales manager


Services for Charles S. Torbeck, a retired sales manager for the Pepsi Cola Co. of Baltimore, will be at 11 a.m. today at Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Ave., Essex.

Mr. Torbeck, a Parkville resident who worked at the Key Highway Pepsi plant for 28 years, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications from pneumonia. He was 85.

His second wife, the former Nina Hamilton, died four days earlier.

Mr. Torbeck began his career as a route salesman for the E. H. Koester Bakery in the early 1930s and was later promoted to sales supervisor.

In 1942, he began working for Pepsi Cola as a route salesman, and in 1948 was promoted to sales manager, a position he held until 1970. He then took a position as manager of the vending department at the company's plant on Union Avenue. He retired in 1972.

Mr. Torbeck and his first wife, the former Mildred Utz, were married in 1928. She died in August 1974 of cancer. Mr. Torbeck and his second wife were married in 1976. She died Jan. 19 of complications associated with asthma.

He was a member of the Essex Moose Lodge and a Masonic lodge in Baltimore.

Mr. Torbeck was born in South Baltimore and was a City College graduate.

He is survived by a son, Charles E. Torbeck of Lansdowne; a daughter, Gloria M. Cook of Ocean City; a stepson, Kenneth Minor of Essex; a stepdaughter, Charlene Loftice of Sykesville; a sister, Martha Miller of Linthicum; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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