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Marlene Beverly Sorenson

Memorial services for Marlene B. Sorenson, age 79, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 29, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church. The Rev. Janet White will officiate. Interment will be at East Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28 at the Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Marlene died on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea.
Marlene Beverly Sorenson was born on October 19, 1936 in Hayward, the daughter of Martin and Luella (Moen) Hatleli. She was baptized and confirmed at the East Freeborn Lutheran Church. Marlene grew up in the Hayward area and went to District #27, The Bell School, through the 8th grade. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1954. On September 30, 1956, Marlene was united in marriage to Gordon Sorenson at East Freeborn Lutheran Church. She was a homemaker and was most proud of her work at Thorne Crest as an activities assistant, and for Grace Lutheran Church. Marlene was a member of Grace Lutheran. She enjoyed helping out at church, doing crafts, singing, watching sports, playing bingo and the horse shows at the fair. Other interests included traveling, camping, fishing, and her favorite pastime, playing 500.
Survivors include her husband Gordon; her daughter Kristy (Roger) Paul; sons Bradley (Laura) Sorenson, Thomas (Julie) Sorenson, and Lon Sorenson; grandchildren Chad (Tina) Sorenson, Brock (Mallory) Sorenson, Erica Sorenson, and Drew Sorenson; brother Duane (Eunice) Hatleli; sister-in-law Clarice Pence; and nieces and nephews.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Clayton (Shirley) Hatleli, her twin sister Marliss (Gordon) Sward, her parents-in-law Julius and Clara Sorenson; brothers-in-law Norris, Warren, Henry, and Stanley Sorenson; and sisters-in-law Jonette Johnson and Lila Ballard.
Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church or the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice. Marlene loved her family and her Lord Jesus Christ.

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Uncle Gordy & cousins,  She was a beautiful and wonderful aunt.  I will always remember her warm smile and laughter.  She was a gift to her friends.

Steve & Susan Pence Apr 30 2016 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers go to Marlene's family. So sorry for your loss. She was my 1st cousin (I'm Bert Moen's daughter). After being given up for adoption, I was lucky to find my birth family in 2014 and so glad I got a chance to meet Marlene. I regret that we did't have more time together. Wish I could attend the funeral but car problems prevent my attendance. Will be with you all in spirit.

Karen Kelley Apr 28 2016 12:00 AM

I am one of Marion's daughters.  I remember Marlene and her children and just want to send my sympathy, love and prayers to her family.  Harlan sent me an email telling me of her passing.

Gail Lenz Apr 27 2016 12:00 AM

We are going to miss Marlene so very much. We are so very sorry for your loss. How blessed we were to have her in all of our lives.

Clint & Holly Miller & Family Apr 26 2016 12:00 AM

It is a sad day for all of us, but we are so happy for her as she is no longer struggling,and think about the joyous reunion in heaven as she is now reunited with some of her birth family and of course our savior, who has called her home. Duane has lost his last sibling and is sad about that, but someday we will all meet again. We will bring the cards so get ready for a big game in heaven.

Duane and Eunie Hatleli Apr 25 2016 12:00 AM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Al Batt Apr 25 2016 12:00 AM

Uncle Gordy, Kristy, Brad, Tom and Lon, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.  May you find solace knowing that Marlene is in heaven and her suffering is gone.  Marlene will be missed by us.  
  Love Bob and Patti

Patti and Bob Yaw Apr 24 2016 12:00 AM