Diane Sorenson, 1956-2016

Published 10:26 am Thursday, June 9, 2016

Dr. Diane Lynn Sorenson, 59, passed away at Bethany Home Tuesday, June 7, 2016, after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A service of resurrection will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The Rev.  Kathleen Milligan will officiate. Private burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Florida.  Friends may greet the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home at 1640 Main St. in Dubuque, Iowa.

Diane was born Aug. 17, 1956, in Albert Lea, the daughter of Roger and Phyllis (Anderson) Sorenson. She married Allen Meurer April 25, 1985, in Rochester.

Diane Sorenson

Diane Sorenson

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She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1978. She subsequently graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in l982. She furthered her education at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, where she completed a three-year residency in internal medicine and was board certified. In l986, she joined Dubuque Internal Medicine as its first female internist. She cherished her role as a physician and took exceptional care of her patients.

The joy of her life was her family, and she was a devoted wife and mother. She was a remarkable woman, taking up long distance running in her 40s. She completed a marathon and ran many half marathons. She was an avid reader with an extensive vocabulary. She loved animals of all kinds — especially her cats. She enjoyed watching her children’s activities — especially her son, Christopher’s, hockey games and her daughter, Virginia’s, tennis matches.

She is survived by her husband, Allen Meurer; her daughter, Virginia Meurer; her son, Christopher Meurer; her mother, Phyllis Sorenson; her sister, Julie (Joseph) Schneiders; her sister-in-law, Margaret (Tod) Bellrichard; her brother-in-law, Michael (Lori) Meurer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Sorenson, and her father-in-law, Wilton Meurer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Dr. Diane Sorenson Memorial Fund.

Diane’s family would like to thank Dubuque Internal Medicine for all of itssupport, Hospice of Dubuque, and the entire staff of Bethany Home for the excellent care they gave to Diane.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.