Saturday, July 15, 2023

 Lauren Gayle Torbico

Lauren Gayle Torbico passed away at her home in Royal Oak Michigan on June 14, 2023. She was 76 years old. She was born in Akron Ohio on September 11, 1946 to Susan and Rudolf Torbico. She is survived by her mother Suan and sisters Cheri and Pamela Torbico. Sh was preceded in death by her father Rudolf and brothers, Douglas and David Torbico.

Lauren’s professional career spanned nearly fifty years of working with the public, including owning a bar in Detrtoit, working as an Appraiser in the Detroit area to later establishng Lauren Torbico Appraisals in Royal Oak Michigan. She was acknowledged as one of the top appraisers in the area. Lauren loved her work and the people she met along the way and took great pride in maintaning excellence. She enjoyed “talking sports” and could hold her own on any topic especially if it involved basketball and softball. Her childhood love of softball developed into a passion which resulted in her coaching a woman’s softball team for several years. A highlight and passion of her lifetime.

Lauren shared her parent’s love of gardening and became a Master Gardener. She thrived on watching her garden blossom and could identify every bird that visited. Red Cardinals lit up her face in “a smile that wouldn’t quit.”

Later in life, Lauren began a quest for a depper meaning in her life, studying with a variety of teachers searching for her own “AH HA” moments. She loved getting away from the day-to-day and traveling with her mom, sisters and like-minded people. Getting out of her comfort zone to embark on new experiences was a challenge she overcame.

Some of her favorite experiences included: being in the presence of the Dali Lama, meditating in the Great Pyramid in Egypt, whale watching and snorkeling in Hawaii, walking the green hills in West Virginia when visiting her Grandmother, FIREWALKING, dancing until her feet ached while cruising on a paddleboat down the Nile River, and a hair-raising hot air ballon ride over the red rocks in Sedona.

Beloved by family, friends and colleagues, Lauren will be remembered for her quick wit and natural wisdom, inspiration and affection for animals and her personal dedication and integrity. She has left an indelible mark on the many lives she touched.

The family would like to thank the countless healers, spiritual groups, caretakers, and friends who sent prayers, energy and love to Lauren durng her last two years as she withdrew into her body cut off from the outside world as she coped with Parkinson’s desease.

For anyone wishing to share pictures, favorite stories, adventures or condolences to the family, please email:

Donating to the following would make Lauren smile: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,; Make a Wish Foundation,; or Special Olympics,

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