Les and Sue Torstenson of Darlington will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 19, 2016. Leslie Torstenson and Susan Shepherd were united in marriage Nov. 19, 1966 at the Grace Lutheran Church, Darlington. Les & Sue have always called Darlington their home, where they began their lives with Les working as a baker and store clerk at Dick’s Supermarket and a drummer in the ‘Russ Wilson band’, and Sue was a beautician at the Tryette Beauty Salon and Alure Beauty Salon. In 1976, they purchased ‘The Hotel Bar’ where they delighted patrons with their wonderful food and service. They held their popular annual New Year’s Eve party and annual Canoe Fest party, and were known as ‘The Danciest Spot in Town’, until they closed their doors in 1986. Les and Sue went on to become hard-working custodians for the Nelson Middle School. They continued to work for the Darlington Elementary Middle School when the school moved to its new location up on the hill, but soon after Sue moved on to become the head custodian for the Darlington Municipal Building. They are both now retired, but continue to help out their community, a neighbor, or a friend in need whenever they can.
Les and Sue are parents of five daughters: Teresa Torstenson, Darlington; Tammy Torstenson, Darlington; Kim (Stephen) Winslow, Darlington; Tanya Torstenson (deceased), and Jody (John Super Jr.) Torstenson, Darlington.
Les and Sue have four grandchildren: Tyler and Jenna Torstenson, Ella and Olivea Winslow, and soon-to-be three step-grandchildren, Ezekiel, Lucy and Isaac Super.