Obituary – Joyce Elaine Sorrenson

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Joyce Elaine Sorrenson, 86, Iowa City, Iowa, died April 8, 2013.

No services are planned for Iowa City. The cremains of Joyce and her husband, Merlynn, will be buried at the Obert Cemetery June 24, at 10 a.m.

Joyce was born Aug. 26, 1926, on the family farm east of Hartington, to Stephen and Mabel Pearson Wohlman. She attended Branch Grade School and graduated from Hartington High School in 1944. She attended Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, before teaching for 10 years. She taught in the Cedar County country schools of Spring Valley, Branch, Mayflower and Golden Prairie; Mission Hill, S.D.; and Fort Dodge, Iowa. She also taught in her church’s Sunday school and was active in 4-H as a participant and a leader.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Iowa City Zion Lutheran Church.

Joyce married Merlynn Sorrenson June 29, 1947, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Hartington. They farmed in the Hartington area for several years. They lived in Laurel and Osceola; Yankton, S.D.; and Fort Dodge, Iowa, before moving to Iowa City in 1968. She worked as head of Chart Control in the Urology Department and the University of Iowa Hospital, retiring in 1986.

She enjoyed bowling and was on several teams in Nebraska and Ft. Dodge and Iowa City, Iowa. She also enjoyed crafting and crocheting. She has given crocheted afgans to Ronald McDonald House, the Domestic Violence Center, the VA Hospital, Emergency Housing, and to the Kuttawa Dialysis Center, Kuttawa, Ky.

She and her husband belonged to Coast to Coast Travel Club, Royal Parks International Camping Club, Mississippi Adventurer Resorts and the Good Sam Camping Club. They were members of the local Good Sam Camping Club, the Herky City Sams. She served as the Iowa State Good Sam Historian from 1996-2003. Since 1987, they spent winters in their RV throughout various southern states from Florida to Arizona.

Survivors are her two daughters, JoLynn and her husband, Arley Phillips, and grandson, Patrick Phillips, all of Kuttawa, Ky.; and RoZella and her husband, Lee Grabin, grandson, Adam, and wife Jeri, and two great-grandchildren, Wesley and Hannah, all of Oxford, Iowa; and one sister-in-law, Loretta Wohlman, Hartington, and her four children and families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merlynn; and brother, Merle Wohlman.

Memorials may be directed to Johnson County Humane Society or Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. or to the memorial of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation, Iowa City, Iowa.