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Bonnie L. Sorsen

April 19, 1935 ~ April 18, 2019 (age 83)

Bonnie Sorsen, 83, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids.  Visitation on Monday, April 22, 2019 will be held in the St. Mary Church Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The Christian Wake Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the church followed by the Rosary.

Bonnie was born on April 19, 1935, to Frank and Ella (Lewis) Walker in Junius, SD. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Madison, SD, and graduated from high school there. After high school, she worked in Madison, where she met Herman O’Neal Lail. Together they had three children: Aloma, Rick and Vern.

Following their breakup, Bonnie moved to Sioux Falls and, in 1970, married Robert Sorsen. This union produced a daughter, Tabitha, born in 1973. Bonnie also lovingly embraced Robert’s three children: Jeff, Michone and Jill.

Bonnie was known as a caregiver, devoted most of all to her husband, Robert. She loved all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her talents included playing the organ, sewing, macramé and baking. She also made original, intricately designed gingerbread houses from scratch.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; children Jeff Sorsen, Aloma (Bob) Graham, Michone (Paul) Collins, Rick Lail, Vern (Dana) Lail, Jill Sorsen and Tabitha (Ryan) Merriam; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, all three of her siblings and two grandchildren.

Tributes and gifts can be directed to the family, which will be distributed to various charities.


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