Joyce LaVonne Sorensen, 85, of Burwell, Nebraska died February 13, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2013 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Alan Petersen and Fr. Tom Ryan will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Library or the Burwell Ambulance Supply Fund.
Joyce was born to Mabel Bishop on April 28, 1927 in Iowa City, Iowa. At the age of two they moved to Burwell. She graduated from Burwell High School and went on to receive her teaching certificate. Joyce taught at the Nunda Shoal School for one and one half years. She then married Marshall Sorensen on February 10, ? in Kansas. They lived in Garden City, Kansas, Red Cloud, and Nebraska and to Burwell in 1963. Joyce kept books for the gas station in Burwell for 28 years before retiring in 1998. Marshall died on February 12, 1989.
Joyce enjoyed reading.
Joyce is survived by five children; Nancy and Jerry Hughes of Fairmont, Nebraska, Dennis and Marilyn Sorensen of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pat and Dale Simpson of Kearney, Nebraska, Beverly and Larry Gaukel of Burwell, Nebraska and Marsha Sorensen of California and twelve grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren.
Joyce was preceded in death by her mother, husband and a son David.