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Melvina J. Sorenson

August 9, 1915 January 19, 2011
Melvina J. Sorenson
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Melvina J. Sorenson, 95, of Bone Lake Township, died peacefully in her sleep at Comforts of Home in Frederic, WI on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011.

Melvina was born on August 9, 1915 in Clam Falls, WI to Marion and Stella Smith and grew up in a family of five children. She graduated from Frederic High School in 1932. Melvina met Leonard Sorenson going to dances in Clam Falls and Coomer. They were married in West Denmark in 1938. They lived in Cushing and Lewis, WI where she ran the telephone office until 1941.

Melvina and Leonard moved to Lombard, IL where they raised a family of four children, always keeping close ties to the family in Wisconsin. Melvina worked as a school cook for years. She did lots of volunteering including teaching Sunday school. After retiring in 1974, she and Leonard moved back to Leonard’s old home farm in Bone Lake where she lived until this past November.

Melvina’s joy was family and friends. Her life revolved around them. Special caregivers were part of her circle of friends. She was a wonderful mother, a great grandmother and a true friend to many. She loved handiwork, word puzzles, card games and gardening. Song birds kept her company at the feeders by her window. She was a master cook - homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, and dill pickles were specialties.

Melvina didn’t judge others and her ability to listen and hear what others had to say made her a special confidante.

She is survived by son, Larry (Nancy) of Boulder, CO; daughter, Avis (Jon) Erickson of Liberty, MO; son, Bruce (Cathy) of Chippewa Falls; daughter, Mary (Gordon) Folkman of Forest Lake, MN; grandchildren: Neil, Mark (Molly), Diana, Chad (Naoko), Kaja (Asbjorn) and Brian; great-grandchildren: Lukas, McNeil, Grant, Alexa and Nicholas; brother, Allen (Jan) Smith; brother-in-law, Harold Owens; sister-in-law, LaVonne Smith; cousins, and many nieces and nephews.

Melvina was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; brother, John; and sisters, Hazel and Agnes.

Funeral services will be held at Bone Lake Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 PM; Visitation will be held Friday evening at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck from 5-7PM and again at the Church on Saturday beginning at 1:00 PM.

As information is updated it can be found on our website: or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444.
Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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