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Judith H. "Judy" Sorenson

Judith H. Judith H. “Judy” Sorenson, age 91, of Manhattan, died March 1, 2017, at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

She was born December 18, 1925, in Rake, Iowa.

Judy graduated from high school in 1943, and then worked as bookkeeper and cashier in a Wolfe Habien Department Store in Bricelyn, MN, before attending Nurses Training in 1945. She graduated in 1948 from the Albert Lea Naeve Hospital with affiliations each of three months in pediatric nursing in St. Paul, MN, and psychiatric in St. Peter, MN. During the polio epidemic of 1949, she served as a Red Cross Nurse at Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO, and at Sister Kenney’s in Minneapolis, MN. Following the epidemics she became the Head Nurse in St. Paul, MN, at the Gillette State Hospital for Crippled Children. She was in charge of girls 12 to 18 years old in a surgical ward for three years.

On April 27, 1952, in Rake, Iowa, she was married to Leonard O. “Orlo” Sorenson. Dr. Sorenson preceded her in death on October 12, 2008.

She was one year in surgery at St. Andrews Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, prior to moving to Manhattan, KS, where her husband joined the Kansas State University Staff as a professor of Agricultural Economics.

They became parents of three children, all of whom survive: Mary Nickles of St. George, KS, Nathan Sorenson and his wife Debbie of Manhattan, and Jane Belford and her husband Mark of Ft. Collins, CO; 10 grandchildren: Jennifer Wright (Zack), Shirley Valdez (Kelvin), Kacey Ruhnke, John Cody Merriman, Brady Sorenson, Andrew Sorenson, Scott Belford (Jesse Robertson), Sarah Belford, Katherine Belford and Matthew Belford; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Judith was also preceded in death by her parents; two son-in-laws: Walter Nickles, Jr. and Lawrence Rogers; one great-granddaughter, Sky Merriman; and seven siblings: Arthur and Lawrence Johnson, Agnes Gunderson, Bernice Engebretson, Louise Skogen, Audrey Boekelman and Avis Weringa.

Judy was active in the First Lutheran Church in several areas, was past president of the Manhattan Nurses Club, and was a member of the Social Club and New Comers at KSU.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday at the First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Jerry Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church for youth programs or the Alzheimer’s Association. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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