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Clarice Pence, 1927-2020

Clarice J. Sorenson Pence, 92, of Owatonna passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Koda Living Community in Owatonna. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Community Lutheran Church in Geneva. The Rev. Dr. Kristen Venne will officiate. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the memorial services at the church. Burial will follow at Geneva Cemetery.

Clarice Pence

Clarice Sorenson Pence was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Ellendale to Julius and Clara (Narveson) Sorenson. Clarice grew up in the area and attended country school.

In 1944, she married Bennie Pence and was a farm wife for 28 years. They enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and playing cards with friends. Clarice’s four sons were very important to her and people enjoyed her spirited personality. She and Bennie later divorced in 1973 and Clarice moved to Owatonna in 1974. She owned and operated a cafe on Rose Street for a few years in Owatonna before beginning her tenure at Owatonna Canning Co., retiring in 1995.

Clarice is survived by her four sons, Larry (Vikki) Pence, Steve (Sue) Pence, Neil (Ellen) Pence and Chuck (Nancy) Pence; grandchildren Megan Pence, Ashlee (Jeffrey) Andrew, Jason (Tracy) Pence, Cory Pence, Jennifer (Juni) Chavez, Charlie (Liz Evenson) Pence and Jake (Hopefull) Pence; and her great-grandchildren Trent Pence, Morgan Pence, Anthony Pence, Zachary Pence, Arianna Ortega, Chente Ortega, Layla Chavez, Joclyne Chavez, Harbor Pence, Isabel Pence, Ayden Evenson, Henry Pence, Gus Pence, Macs Pence and Jack Pence. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Solvieg Sorenson; and many nieces, nephews and extended relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents Julius and Clara; and her siblings Norris Sorenson, Jeanette Johnson, Gordon Sorenson, Warren Sorenson, Henry Sorenson, Lila Ballard and Stanley Sorenson.

A special thank you to the staff at Koda Living Community Staff and the Allina Hospice staff for the wonderful care they provided for Clarice. Memorials may be directed to Geneva Community Church or to the donor’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bonnerup Funeral Services of Albert Lea.