Kenneth Edward Sorensen
HUDSON, Wis. — Kenneth Edward Sorensen, 72, of Hudson, Wis., died peacefully while surrounded by family Jan. 17th, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Kenneth was born in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to his Danish parents, Edward and Nina Sorensen. Raised on their farm, Ken developed a passion for hobby farming and was blessed to have his own farm just south of Hudson.
Ken went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he earned his BA and MA in Diversified Education. He subsequently taught in Independent School District 834 for 34 years where met his wife, Joan. They were united in marriage on Dec. 18, 1965, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Their marriage was blessed with three children.
It was common for Ken to run into former students and their families during his retirement years and they always commented on how much they enjoyed having him as their teacher. Ken was loved by all who knew him. He was gracious, kind and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. In addition to his passion for hobby farming he enjoyed woodworking, fishing, boating, deer hunting, sports and travel. He used his love of woodworking to help family and friends finish basements and make furniture. Ken touched many lives and will be dearly missed.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joan Sorensen; dear sister, Kathryn Sorensen; his children, Matt (Lisa), Dan (Darcie), and Jennifer (Kirk) Holt; grandchildren, Megan, Emily, Ryan, Wyatt and David, and many other extended family members. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Nina Sorensen, and in-laws, Russell and Lillian Johnson.
A visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St. in Hudson and one hour prior to the Monday church service. Funeral Services are 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St. in Hudson with the Rev. John Lestock officiating.
Interment is at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Bob Jacobson, Ralph Swenson, Terry Felland, Bill Dahlin, Bernie Anderson and Jim Muckerheide will assist as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Ken’s ISD 834 colleagues.
Memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 715-386-3725. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.