Marlene Sorenson, 1936-2016

Published 9:49 am Monday, April 25, 2016

Memorial services for Marlene B. Sorenson, 79, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church. The Rev. Janet White will officiate. Interment will be at East Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Marlene Sorenson

Marlene Sorenson

Marlene died on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Marlene Beverly Sorenson was born Oct. 19, 1936, in Hayward, the daughter of Martin and Luella (Moen) Hatleli. She was baptized and confirmed at East Freeborn Lutheran Church. Marlene grew up in the Hayward area and went to District No. 27, The Bell School, through the eighth grade. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1954. On Sept. 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 Senior Living Community as an activities assistant and for Grace Lutheran Church. Marlene was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. 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.

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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 Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice. Marlene loved her family and her Lord Jesus Christ.