Nettie Sorensen

Nettie Sorensen, 91, of Wapello, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2023 at Arbor Court Nursing Home in Mt. Pleasant.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral and Cremation Service of Wapello is caring for the family.  A general memorial has been established.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Nettie Jean Blanchard was born on February 12, 1932 in Fort Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph and Edna (Lange) Blanchard. On October 18, 1951, she was united in marriage to Donald Sorensen in Burlington, Iowa.  She worked as a bookkeeper at the Danville Elevator and Wapello Republican for many years.  Nettie was a 50-year member of the Good Hope Rebecca Lodge #267 of Wever, also serving as the Assembly President of Iowa in 1987-1988.  She was member of the Denmark Congregation Church and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Wapello.  Nettie enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, telling jokes, baking for family and friends and loved flowers.

Nettie will be deeply missed by her husband, Donald Sorensen of Wapello; children, Sharon (Darwin) Fritz of Fremont, Nebraska, Michelle (Ben) Heckart of Danville, Dawn (Jon) Oliver of Martinsburg, Douglas Sorensen of North Little Rock, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald ‘Squirt” (Nancy) Blanchard of West Point and Roberta (Jack) Stout of Alabama.

Nettie  was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Herbert ‘Doc” Blanchard.