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Augusta C. Torpey, 87, of Lakewood, NJ, formerly of Locust, NJ, passed away on April 29th, 2021 at Jersey Shore Medical Center after a long battle with lung disease. Augusta (known to all as Gussie) was born on June 16, 1933 in Red Bank, NJ and graduated from Middletown High School in 1951. Upon graduation, she became a Radio City Rockette in New York City for several years. She was a model and participated in many beauty pageants in her younger days where she always took first place. Gussie then had a successful career in banking and was owner of Mrs. Uhlhorns Restaurant and Hotel in Keansburg, NJ along with her mother and sister. Gussie and her husband Michael owned Hidden Hollow Farms and Hidden Hollow Hounds Fox Hunting Club, leaders in the sport of fox hunting and equestrianship in the Monmouth County area. Prior to her retirement, she was an X-ray technician and office administrator for Red Bank Radiology in Red Bank, NJ.

Gussie started out as a teenager learning the value of charity and service through being a part of The Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Gussie was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Sirius Chapter 123 in Matawan, NJ for 63 years. She was a member of The Order of the Amaranth Charity Court in Red Bank, NJ for 70 years achieving the title of Grand Royal Matron for the State of New Jersey. Gussie took great pride in the charity work she did for these organizations as well as the life long friendships she held dearly that she had made along the way.

Gussie was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Elizabeth Cordts in 1973, her sister, Dolores Widmann in 2018 and her husband, Michael Torpey in 2017. Her nephew, Christian R. Widmann of Fort Worth, TX and her niece, Diana E. Widmann of Colts Neck, NJ survive her. She is also survived by her great niece, Morgan E. Welch of Colts Neck, NJ and her great nephews, Austin T. Welch of Phoenix, AZ Zachary J. Welch and Lance C. Welch of Colts Neck, NJ.

Aunt Gussie was hands on in helping raise her great niece (Morgan) and her three great nephews (Austin, Zachary and Lance). She loved them dearly as they did her. They will all miss her tell it like it is attitude and sharp wit which will never be forgotten.

Gussie had a love for traveling, having spent a lifetime touring the world with her sister. She would take annual cruises with her sister, her niece and her niece’s sister-in-law, Linda Welch, who she had many great laughs and memories with throughout the years they traveled together. Before the pandemic hit, Gussie was fortunate enough to have spent three weeks with her family cruising the Mediterranean Sea with a final stop in Paris, France. Her bucket list had been completed when she stood atop the Eiffel Tower. She defined it as the best trip she had ever experienced.

The family would like to thank her niece’s dear friend Jody Joseph-Bongiovi for her kindness in preparing weekly meals for Gussie over this past year during the pandemic. We are also very blessed and grateful for her nightly visitations to pray with Gussie in her final weeks in the hospital. The faith (as small as a mustard seed) Jody brought into Gussie’s life helped her tremendously with her final journey home to be with God.

Gussie’s presence, breath taking beauty and her infectious smile could light up any room. She was a loving and generous woman. She was a force to be reckoned with. The family is forever grateful for each day she gave us and we are all very blessed to have been loved by her. You will be so missed. Rest in peace our dearest Aunt….

Visitation will be on Monday, May 3rd from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ.  In keeping with the current state mandates regarding COVID-19, face coverings must be worn by all visitors before entering the funeral home and visitors are also asked to observe social distancing.  Visitors are asked to greet the family and then exit the funeral home so that others may also visit due to the limited, allowable capacity. Graveside service will take place on Tuesday, May 4th at 10:30 a.m. at the Holmdel Cemetery and Mausoleum (use the Holmdel Road entrance).






Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740