In Memory Of
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Joan Ann Buser Sorensen
07/05/1931 - 10/25/2020
Joan Ann Buser Sorensen, 89 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on October 25, 2020 in her home. She was born in Sabetha, KS on July 5,1931, the only child of Victor and Catherine McCarthy Buser of Seneca, Kansas. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ parish in Lincoln.
Joan attended elementary school at St. Peter and Paul’s in Seneca. She attended junior high in Marysville, Kansas and high school at Guardian Angel in West Point, Nebraska. On Nov. 27, 1954, Joan married Paul F. W. Sorensen in West Point. They were blessed with three children: Mark Sorensen, Petaluma, California, Mari Wanninger (David), Windsor, Missouri, and Michelle Keuten (John), Lincoln, Nebraska. Paul and Joan were married 42 years before he died in 1997.
As a young woman, Joan worked with her parents in their hotel in West Point. When her children were young, she was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. As the children progressed through school, she started working as a hostess. Eventually, she and Paul ran a restaurant together and later managed a motel in Salina, Kansas for ten years. She was the bookkeeper for the carpet cleaning business they ran with John and Michelle until they retired, when Paul became ill.
Joan was a devoted daughter, wife and mother. Her family was her life. She was extremely close to her parents. After Paul died she moved back to Seneca and lived across the street from her mother. They were best friends and enjoyed their time together.
Joan adored her eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Although the extended family lived throughout the country, she kept each of their pictures close and loved nothing more than hearing about the children and their accomplishments.
Joan took pleasure in the very simple things in life. Nothing made her happier than sharing time with her family. She loved to play cribbage and challenged her grandchildren. She was the family cribbage champ. Joan belonged to Red Hat clubs in Seneca and then later in Lincoln. The grandchildren remember her cheerful laugh and warm presence that made them feel happy and loved.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband. She is survived by her three children, grandchildren: Nichole Sorensen Walker (Bert), and their five children: Stephanie Sorensen Cerruti (Brian) and their three children; Kai Sorensen (Lindsay) and their two children, Pam Sorensen Blazo (Brett) and their three children; Garon Keuten (Amy), Jory Keuten, Devin Mirfasihi and Tori Mirfasihi Scheve (Jarod).
Visiitation will be Friday, November 6 at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.
Joan will lie in state at Lauer Funeral Home on Friday, November 6, 2020 for public viewing and to sign the book; the family will not be present that day.
A rosary will be prayed prior to the Mass which will be celebrated on Saturday, November 7 at 10:00 am at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions can be made to Saint Peter and Paul’s School in Seneca, Kansas.
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