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Obituary: Doris Ann ‘Annie’ (Torp) Peil

Sept. 16, 1941 – May 4, 2019 

Doris Ann “Annie” (Torp) Peil, 77, of Baileys Harbor died May 4. She was known to all as Annie.

She was the middle child of Jess and Viola (Ripp) Torp’s seven children. Raised on a dairy and fruit farm in Institute, she grew up doing barn chores and always felt she probably had more fun out in the barn than being stuck in the house. She attended SS Peter & Paul Catholic School through eighth grade and then graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1959. Swearing she would never marry a farmer because “I do not want to work that hard for the rest of my life!,” she graduated from cosmetology school and became a beautician.

While working at Dorlene’s Beauty Studio in Baileys Harbor, she met Loren Peil when his friends dared him to meet the new girl by getting a permanent in his beard. Loren and Annie were married September 16, 1961. Together they created Ann’s Town & Country Beauty Salon; Peil Sanitation; Liberty Schoolhouse Gifts, Art and Antiques; Orphan Annie’s Ice Cream and Coffee Shop; and Orphan Annie’s Schoolhouse Inn and Suites by repurposing the historic Baileys Harbor Schoolhouse, doing all the design and construction themselves.

A lifelong learner and artist, Annie was always taking classes and creating with wood, photography, stained glass, pottery, ceramics, etched glass, jewelry, stenciling, furniture making, antique refinishing, computer programing, graphic art and painting, selling most of what she created at art fairs or in her shop. She was an antique dealer and loved attending auctions, yard sales and estate sales. In 1976, she self-published Here’s To The Way We Were, a pictorial history of Baileys Harbor — with photos of many of the town’s people — to create a historical record of everyday life in Baileys Harbor.

Loren and Annie loved to travel and in 1984 found Citrus Park of Bonita Springs, Florida. They spent the next 35 winters there, finding a whole new community of friends.

Annie was also a survivor. During her 77 years, she beat dystonia, colon cancer and never lost her sense of fun even when dementia took her memory away. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mom, beautician, artist, entrepreneur, historian and mentor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jess and Viola Torp; brothers Richard, Robert and James; sister, Jeannie Sperber; brothers-in-law, Robert Sperber and Gene Bauldry; sister-in-law Diane Peil; and parents-in-law, Roland and Julia Peil.

She is survived by husband, Loren; son, Kevin (Betsy); daughter, Kristen (Caleb); grandchildren, Jerrad Anderson (Michelle) and Ida Whitney; brothers Tom (Barb) and Jerry (Deloris); and sisters-in-law, Helen Torp, Darlene Torp, Susie Bauldry; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the caring and loving crew of people at Door County Medical Center Surgical Unit, Unity Hospice and Good Samaritan Society–Scandia Village. A very special thanks to Laura, now of Golden Living Center–The Dorchester, for taking the time to really see Annie and help the family get the care she needed to make the last months of her life the most fruitful — you truly are an angel.

The family will have private services in the future.

Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Annie can be shared through her tribute page at caspersonfuneralhome.com.

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