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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Mariella Sorensen

Mariella Sorensen (Dunn)

Thursday, July 27th, 1944 - Saturday, February 13th, 2021
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Mariella Catherine Sorensen, age 76, of Vermillion, SD passed away Saturday, February 13th, 2021 at her home after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Mariella Dunn was born on July 27th, 1944 on the farm in Farmer, SD. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peters Catholic Church in Farmer. She attended Farmer grade school and high school before attending Pierre Nursing School where she received her LPN nursing license. She then completed her Registered Nursing License at Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD and started working at the hospital in Yankton.
Mariella married James Sorensen on August 9th, 1969 in Yankton. Through the years of marriage, she loved caring for her family. She took pride in her flowers and gardens. She would never say no to helping with livestock and farm chores even in the rain and snow. She always looked forward to seeing her grandchildren getting off the school bus at the farm. She loved all of her family, friends and grandkids and enjoyed attending their many school and sporting events. She had a special talent for creating meals that brought people together, from family dinners to holiday celebrations.
Mariella is survived by her husband Jim of 51 years, sons Dan (Amy) Sorensen of Sioux Falls, SD, Tim (Amy) Sorensen of Vermillion, daughters Carol (James) Miiller of Ethan, SD, Karen (friend Adam) Sorensen of Vermillion; seven grandchildren: Ashley, Justin, Nick, Sam, Wyatt, Hunter and Kate; a brother Mike Dunn of Eden, and four sisters Barbara Danielson of Vermillion, Leona Cowles of Yankton, Joyce Carlson of Erwin, SD and Margaret Swanda of Eagle, NE; along with many Brother-in-laws, Sister-in-Laws, nieces, nephews and close friends.
Mariella is preceded in death by her parents Leo and Katherine (Steinmetz) Dunn, brother Brian Dunn and niece Nicole Dunn.
Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM Friday, February 19, 2021 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with Father Kristopher Cowles officiating and assisted by Father Jerome Ranek. Burial Services to follow at Bluff View Cemetery, in Vermillion. Visitation will begin 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 18, at the church with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the St. Agnes Catholic Church. Social distancing and masks are required, and the service will be livestreamed at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 5:00pm
    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 5:00pm
    St. Agnes Catholic Church
    416 Walker St.
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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    Prayer Service at 7:00 PM.
  • Service

    Friday, February 19th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, February 19th, 2021 10:30am
    St. Agnes Catholic Church
    416 Walker St.
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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  • Interment

    Bluffview Cemetery
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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Dawn Jensen

Posted at 10:14pm
My condolences to the family. She was the sweetest lady and I am so sorry for your loss. May all of your many wonderful memories help you ease the pain at this time.

Sharron Hinseth

Posted at 12:30pm
Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you Jim and your family at the loss of Mariella, cherish the memories.
Elton and Sharron Hinseth

Jerri Endor Edwards

Posted at 07:10am
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.. my sister ,Bonnie and Brother Ronnie and myself went to school in Farmer with the Dunn kids, such a wonderful family..Hold all those special memories close to your heart......

Bill Kennedy

Posted at 03:54pm
What a wonderful woman! When she and I were fighting the same disease, I would stop down and see her, or she would call on the phone. She would always be so up beat, and would always say she was praying for me. Never any "woe is me" comment from Mariella. I pray that I can be half the person she was. May pace and comfort be with her family,and may you all meet again in heaven.

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