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Sorensen, Inez Theodora (1918 – 2009)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 9/7/2013 at 19:13:14

Name of deceased: Inez Theodora Sorensen (nee Ostebee)

Aged: 90 yrs, 9 mo, 17 days

Residence: Harlan, IA

Born: July 30, 1918, Shelby County, IA

Died: May 17, 2009, Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan, IA

Funeral services: Thursday, May 21, 2009, Grace Baptist Church, Harlan, I; Revs. David Hutchinson and Joe Earle officiated. Burial at the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

Survived by: Daughter, Luanne (spouse, Larry) Hutchinson of Branson, MO; daughter, Helen Warren of Harlan, IA; sister, Margaret Cook of Phoenix, AZ; 8 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends

Predeceased by: Parents, Lars and Charlotte (nee Nelson) Ostebee; husband of 64 years, Chris (deceased May 23, 2003); brothers, Magnus and Loren Ostebee; sister, Judith Christensen; son-in-law, James Warren

Education: attended Danway Country School through Grade 8. She attended Kirkman (IA) High School her freshman and sophomore years and Harlan (IA) High School for her junior and senior years, from where she graduated.

Religious affiliation: She was raised in a Christian home where the Bible was read regularly. Chris came to know the Lord while they were in their 30’s and the family became members of a small country church in Botna, IA, close to their farm. After Chris and Inez retired and moved to Harlan, they joined Grace Baptist Church and, in later years, also attended First Baptist Church with their daughter and her family. Inez was a faithful church worker all of her life. She was a piano player, Sunday School teacher, and held offices in the ladies’ organizations. Their house was always open to traveling evangelists and preachers who needed a place to stay.

Military service: n/a

Marriage: Chris Sorensen; Jan. 1, 1939; in a Norwegian ceremony at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Irwin, IA

Employment: homemaker and helped her husband with the farm

Hobbies/Interests: Inez became a member of the Jefferson Friendly Club, a neighborhood club for women in that area. After retiring from the farm, Inez and Chris spent many winters in Florida and Texas, visiting family and friends. After Chris’s stroke in 1997, they weren’t able to travel but still enjoyed company. She treasured visits from relatives, neighbors, and friends. All of her kitchen cupboards were lined with recipes she had cut out of the newspaper, heard on the radio, or received from friends.

Sources: ancestry.com, pauleyjones.com


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