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Linda Sorenson (Soroka)

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On June 10, 2022 @ 5:09 am In Obituaries | 15 Comments


It is with deep sorrow that our family announces the passing of Linda Sorenson (née Soroka), age 70, at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, on Monday, January 10, 2022, after a heart-related illness.

Forever missing Linda is her loving husband of almost 50 years, Jim; her daughter Kimberly Lavallee (Dave) and granddaughters Genevieve and Annick Lavallee of Winnipeg; son Jonathan (Jaclyn) and grandsons Thane, Leif and Ranon Sorenson of Kelowna, B.C.; sisters Evelyn Funk, Kathy Soroka (Garry McDonald) and Diana Soroka. Also mourning her passing are her Aunt Olga Soroko of Lac du Bonnet; Uncle Wally and Aunt Rose Lazecko of Warren, Michigan; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Nick and Stella Soroka; her grandmother Mary Holyk; and her brother-in-law Edwin Funk.

Linda was born on January 24, 1951 in Selkirk and raised in Lac du Bonnet. After high school, she moved to Winnipeg, worked at Royal Bank and CFRW, and attended Red River Community College for business administration.

In 1971, Linda met her husband Jim, and they married the following year. After two years living in Calgary, they moved back to Manitoba, settling in Gladstone and taking over the family insurance business – Sorenson Agencies – started by Jim’s late father. Life in Gladstone was very busy managing the business while raising their children Kimberly and Jonathan. Linda was also active in the community, serving on boards, curling, and participating in various community events.

In 1999, they decided to sell the business and follow their children to Winnipeg, settling in Charleswood. Linda began working for Morris Insurance and eventually became Office Manager. She made many friends with her co-workers and had a special relationship with Dave and Nancy Morris. This past fall, Linda retired and enjoyed a wonderful evening with her office co-workers.

Linda was a caring and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.  She loved spending weekends with her family in Lac du Bonnet, and especially her cousin Ellen, with whom she remained close all her life. 

Intelligent, beautiful and witty, Linda had a laugh that could light up a room. She could let her hair down and loved the family annual Beer & Skits in Lac du Bonnet. She also had a quiet confidence and was a great listener, and as a result, people were drawn to her.

Linda loved her family above all else. Her children and grandchildren gave her immense pleasure, and she loved sharing stories, photos and videos with friends and family. She loved taking shopping trips to Grand Forks/Fargo with her sisters and cousin Ellen. In 2018, she enjoyed a memorable winter vacation with her sisters to St. Lucia to attend her nephew’s wedding.

Linda’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Grace Hospital Emergency Room and ICU for their exceptional care and kindness during a difficult time.

A Celebrate of Life is to be held on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lac du Bonnet Legion Hall at 45 McArthur Avenue, Lac du Bonnet.  Interment will follow at the Brightstone Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Scleroderma Association of Manitoba.

Rest in Peace Linda/Mom. Even though you left us too soon, we know your spirit will live on in all of us.

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss.

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Condolence from Lori Miller on January 15th, 2022 9:42 am

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. So many great memories of her growing up in Gladstone. Thinking of you all and sending love your way….
Lori (Maryniuk)Darren Shae Morgan & Kami Miller

Condolence from Aileen Mowat on January 15th, 2022 2:49 pm

Jim, Kimberly, Jonathan and families,
I was so saddened to read of Linda’s passing this past Monday. She was such a good friend and neighbour in Gladstone. We shared many fun times together. Memories I will now cherish forever. . .Sending hugs and our love to you all at this most difficult time. Please pass on my condolences to Linda’s sisters and families from us as well. Take care of each other, your Mom would want you to.
Love Aileen, Stephen and Bryce Mowat and families

Condolence from Rod and Wanda Ferguson. on January 15th, 2022 5:23 pm

Jim, Kim, Jonathan and families. We are so very sorry to hear of Linda’s/your Mom’s passing. She was bubbly and friendly and a great person to know. We send our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you all.

Condolence from Joan Stone on January 16th, 2022 10:42 am

Over the years, I met Linda through Soroka family members as we attended various family lunches and occasions I remember Linda’s smile, her friendly conversation and love of her grandchildren. My sympathy to her family and all who loved her.

Condolence from Robert Adamson on January 16th, 2022 3:19 pm

Jim and families
Cindy and I were so sorry to learn of Linda’s sudden passing. Linda had a terrific laugh and a big heart; we send our sincere condolences and are thinking of you all in this most difficult time.
Robert and Cindy Adamson

Condolence from Faye & Allistair Scott on January 16th, 2022 4:19 pm

Jim, Kimberly, Jonathan and families,
We are so sad to hear of Linda’s death. Treasure the many memories you must have made with her.
We enjoyed running into Linda occasionally at a coffee stop when we would be in the city. It gave us
a chance to catch up and share news. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you learn to cope with such a loss.
–Faye & Allistair, Gladstone MB

Condolence from Wilf & Diane on January 17th, 2022 4:38 pm

Jim & Family

So, sad to hear of Linda’s passing….. What a loss of a beautiful person….
Wilf & I are sending our deepest condolences

Condolence from Doug and Kathy Stewart on January 18th, 2022 10:10 pm

Jim, Kimberly, Jonathan and families,
We were so saddened to hear of Linda’s recent passing. We have only good memories of her years spent in Gladstone. Our sincere condolences to you at this most difficult time.
Sincerely, Doug and Kathy Stewart

Condolence from Gary and bev foxon on January 19th, 2022 9:02 am

we were so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time.

Condolence from Jackie Hodge on January 19th, 2022 11:17 am

So sorry to hear this RIP Linda

Condolence from Donnie & Norma Hladki on January 19th, 2022 5:31 pm

We were saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. It was always nice to see her whenever her family visited Lac du Bonnet. Sincere sympathy to all her family. Donnie & Norma

Condolence from Vicky Wyrich on January 21st, 2022 4:48 pm

To Jim, Kim, Jon and extended Soroka family,
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. I met Linda and the Sorenson family in my first year of high school, and whether they wanted me to or not I quickly became their families +1, as Kim and I were inseparable. Joining them for regular school day lunches, pizza nights, trips into Wpg and long weekends to LDB. No matter what, Linda always made me feel comfortable and welcome no matter where we were, or how full their house was. So many fond memories and so grateful that she included me in on her journey. Showing me a glimpse and including me to be apart of her most prized possession….her family!
My deepest condolences,
Vicky Wyrich & family

Condolence from Susan Zeller on January 26th, 2022 8:45 pm

I am so shocked and sad to see this. I was going to send Linda a birthday greeting on face book but couldn’t find her. I sent her an email with no response. I googled her name and find an obituary. I first met Linda when I was 13 and my family visited relatives in Lac du Bonnet. We are from Nebraska, USA. She babysat for my relatives and we became instant great friends……and have remained friends through all these years. I am so stunned to find this news. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Linda’s family and friends. I know you will miss her deeply. Rest peacefully my dear friend.

Condolence from The Karaz’s on January 26th, 2022 10:25 pm

Jim, Kimberly, Jonathan and families,

We were so shocked and so very saddened to hear of Linda’s sudden passing – we know how much she will be missed by all of you and by all of those whose lives she touched. We have so many wonderful memories of Linda and all the crazy shenanigans over the years. Who will ever forget that infectious laugh and that devilish twinkle in her eye? May you be surrounded by love and support as you get through this difficult and heart wrenching time. You are in our hearts and in our prayers.
Terry, Barb and family

Condolence from Jonathan Sorenson on June 26th, 2022 7:53 pm

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