Teresa Sorensen, 61, of Omaha, NE died on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
Private family funeral services will be held on Monday, December 28, 2020. A graveside service for the public will be on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill, NE. The visitation will be on Sunday, December 27, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Munderloh Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.
Teresa L. Sorensen was born in Wakefield on June 6, 1959 to her parents Russell and Hazel Sorensen. She attended elementary school in Wakefield, NE and later transferred and graduated from Pender Public High School in 1978. While in high school, Teresa was active in sports. She had a very successful track career. Teresa's events were running and long jump. Her team mates nicknamed her “frog” because of her jumping ability. She still holds school records in the long jump and 800 meter relay today.
After graduating from high school, Teresa moved to Omaha and attended Cosmetology school. She worked in numerous other fields until she found her calling at the fire department. She became a fire fighter on the Omaha Fire Department in October of 1989. Teresa was in the second hiring class that allowed women on the job. During her 10 years of service, she was #4 female on the roster. During her time on the fire department, Teresa attended Southeast Community College and received her Associates degree in Fire Science. After retiring from Omaha Fire Department in December of 1999, she worked as a manager at Quest labs.
Teresa enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She loved the outdoors. She enjoyed sailing and riding her bike around the lake. Teresa loved to travel and go on adventures. She went on several missionary trips to Guatemala. Teresa was very faithful and loved Jesus with her whole heart. She was a prayer warrior for those that were in need of prayer. Although she never had any children of her own, she loved and cared for her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews as if they were her own. Teresa was always their biggest supporter and went to their events when she could. Teresa had her faithful companion, Bailey a chihuahua, with her where ever she went. Many of us felt she spoiled and pampered her over the 20 years she had with her, but she would always correct us by saying she was not spoiled but blessed.
Survivors are her siblings Marjorie (Jerry) Johnson of Eldorado, KS, Steve (Tifani) Sorensen of Aurora, CO, Phillip Sorensen of Omaha, NE, Audrey (Kevin) Kaser of Pender, NE, Cecil (Leslie) Sorensen of Thurston, NE, 13 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.
Proceeding in death by her parents Russell and Hazel, Grandparents Viggo and Beulah Sorensen and Wilmer Potter, Louise Potter-Richard and Step grandparent Robert Richard and her faithful dog Bailey.