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Esther A.  Sorenson

July 10, 1910 — February 5, 2015

CLERGY
Rev. Dani Jo Ninke
MUSIC
Organist ~ Shirley Oswold
Congregational Hymns
“How Great Thou Art”
“Jesus Loves Me”
CASKETBEARERS
Randy Bierle
Curtis Sorenson
Larry Skorepa
Roger Gregg
Glenn Fejfar
Dennis Bever
Randy Waring
Esther A. Sorenson was born on Friday, October 7, 1910 to Emil and Caroline (Mehner) Wenzel in Dallas, South Dakota. She attended Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield and earned her teacher’s degree. Upon graduating, Esther taught at Oswald Country School. On March 27, 1932, she was united in marriage to Melvin Sorenson in Dallas and together they made their home on a farm near Irene. Esther loved playing the piano and did so for most of her life, accompanying many weddings and funerals as well as teaching numerous children the joy of being a pianist. Her Christian faith was very important to her and lived her life church-oriented. She was very active in Ladies’ Aid and as the pianist for the Bethlehem Lutheran Church girls choir which she enjoyed so greatly. Upon the merge of three local Lutheran church congregations, she became a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. They moved into the Canyon Ridge Apartments in Yankton. After Melvin’s passing, Esther moved into Pine Lane Assisted Living Center and later to Sister James Care Center. Esther was a very kind-hearted, loving mother and grandmother who encouraged and enjoyed her family.
Esther passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Sister James Care Center in Yankton having attained the age of 104 years, 6 months, and 25 days.
She is survived and remembered by her daughter Naomi Bierle of Yankton; daughter-in-law Cecile Sorenson of Yankton; grandchildren: Randy (Janelle) Bierle, Cheryl (Roger) Gregg, Lori (Grant) Nakamura, Lisa (Larry) Skorepa, Sandi (Glenn) Fejfar, Curtis (Vicki) Sorenson, Sheila (Dennis Bever) Beaner, Sarah (Randy) Waring; step-grandchildren: David (Kem) Drotzmann and Chris (Jane) Drotzmann; 27 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, parents Emil and Caroline Wenzel, son Duane in infancy, son Wayne, great-grandson Dustin, sister Alma Rose, brothers Harold and Arthur, daughter-in-law Alice, son-in-law Arnold, many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

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