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1961 Connie 2017

Connie Gayla Marie Sorenson (Brown)

March 28, 1961 — March 28, 2017

1961 ~ 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Grandmother, Daughter and Sister, Connie Sorenson on October 11, 2017 at the age of 56.  She is survived by her son and daughter in law Christopher and Jerilyn Sorenson and her “Grand-babies” Chase and Julianne; her Dad John Brown; siblings Gerald (Connie), Lucille, John Henry and Jerry Anderson; sister in law Jackie Wilson as well as her niece and nephews; Danielle (Anthony) and their daughter Layne, Jeremy, and James; and Special friend Clarence Steiner. She will be lovingly remembered by her previous husband John, and the Sorenson family, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends. ​She is predeceased by her Mom Ida, and Brother Kirk; mother and father in law, Tina and Rudy; and also, her dear friend Marlene.

Connie grew up in Rennie, Manitoba where she and John raised their only son Christopher. Together they built what would be their family home; A home that over the years would be filled with love and laughter, good friends and family. Family was very important to her and she loved her Mom and Dad and siblings immensely. Her bubbly, friendly personality was magnetic, and Connie made friends wherever she went. She loved having people around, and their home in Rennie was often full of visitors. Anyone in her circle has likely been a victim of Connie’s mischievous side. She loved pulling off a good prank that would scare whomever happened to be her carefully selected victim.  She would laugh with delight as her target jumped and screamed.

Connie worked in the Whiteshell Provincial Park for 25 years.  She loved the park so much that she convinced John that they needed a trailer and a seasonal site in the campground to call home for many summers. Big Whiteshell has always held a special place in her heart and she often reminisced about her time there. Over the years working the gate and the campground she made many friendships with all of the campers and cottagers who came to the park year after year and were greeted with her familiar smiling face, excited for the summer season. Eventually, Connie and John bought the Rennie General Store, a perfect place for her to continue to greet the Whiteshell’s many visitors. After selling the store Connie moved to Beausejour where she found employment at ACL- Association for Community Living.  She truly enjoyed her work there; she had so much love and joy to give to the residents.

Unfortunately, in recent years Connie suffered with an illness that challenged her strength and resolve. She fought everyday to get healthy and find herself again. The family would like to Thank her dear friend Clarence Steiner who loved and cared for her over the last few years as well as her best friend Gina Newman who wouldn’t give up on her. We will fondly remember the beauty and big heart that her struggles could not take away. Connie had a way of making everyone feel welcome and important. Her laughter and presence filled the room, and her joy warmed the hearts of everyone around her.

A celebration of Connie’s life will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at Sobering Funeral Chapel. Lunch to follow at the Rennie Community Hall. In lieu of flowers please donate to Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, or a charity of your choice.

“The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind”

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