Lucille Ellen Sorensen, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A graveside service and burial will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, March 10, 2018, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.
Lucille Ellen Meinke was born on July 24, 1925 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Louis C. and Thelma M. (Staman) Meinke. She attended Elwood school and upon graduation enrolled in Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI). She married Richard "Dick" Sorensen on July 23, 1950 in Elwood, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2003.
Lucille had taught in various school systems including Bellevue, Elwood and Maquoketa until her retirement.
She excelled in 4-H activities in Clinton County as a young girl, and later was involved in 4-H Junior Leaders, which was a part of the 4-H program in Jackson County.
Lucille was very active in the Jackson County Historical Society and their genealogy department for many years. People would often call on Lucille for history facts and figures concerning events, people, family ties, etc., of the area.
Lucille is survived by two nephews, Lynn Tonderum of Maquoketa, IA, and Paul Tonderum of Delmar, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, and a sister Evelyn Tonderum.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Historical Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Sympathy and prayers to the family. She was a very sweet lady!!
I couldn't believe it when I read about Lucille's passing. She was a great friend, wonderful 4-H chaperon and bowling partner. I loved her like my own Mother because she was always so funny, caring and attentive. I was still working as night nurse at Maquoketa Care when she was admitted. I spent a lot of visits to her room just to talk and remember the great times. She will be an angel for sure. Sympathy to your family because I am sure her leaving will leave a large gap. She had substitute taught all three of my sons and they couldn't believe that I was good friends with her...apparently she had their attention! Prayers and hoping God will help you get through this difficult time.
I've known Lucille all my life and have enjoyed working with her at the Historical Society. She and her mother had a positive influence on my life. Sunday, here in Texas, I was visiting with a former student of hers and we were talking about our experiences with Lucille. She was a special, one of a kind lady and we will miss her,
Lucille loved to talk and share stories. She was able to share her skills and talents in the classroom and as a community volunteer. My thoughts and prayers are with Lucille's family.
I was saddened to read about Lucille's passing. She was an important part of my life as she was my Junior High teacher at the Elwood school in the late 1950s. She was an interesting and excellent teacher. She prepared me well for high school as well as life with her teaching. It was always nice to connect with her on occasion whenever I would come back to the Maquoketa area.
So sorry for your loss. Lucille was quite the person to ask about so many things concerning family and events in the area. She will be missed,
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