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Victor C. Sorensen

Victor C. Sorensen

April 1, 2019

Victor Sorensen

I, Victor C. Sorensen, started living on November 14, 1943 with Hans C. and Victoria (Ziemba) Sorensen, my parents, in Stanley, WI. I stopped living on April 1, 2019 because of pancreatic cancer.

I attended Brownville grade school, a one room country school, was active in the FFA, and graduated from Stanley High School in 1961.  I farmed with my parents for 2 years after high school, but the winters got too boring, so I then attended UWEC while still helping my parents on the farm and commuting to college.  I graduated with a chemistry major, math and physics minors in 1967.  I did my student teaching at Altoona High School with Arnie Johnson as my mentor, Arnie and I became best friends.  I was hired by the district, loved teaching, my students, and remained teaching in Altoona for 43 years, retiring in 2010.  I graduated with a master’s degree in chemistry from UWEC in 1974.  I was active in teacher negotiations, the Democratic Party, Chippewa Valley Apartment Association, ski jumping, genealogy, and was a volunteer at the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, and a member of St.

Matthew’s Lutheran Church.  I spent many summers doing building construction for myself, relatives, and friends and owned a number of rental units, where I did my own maintenance on them.

I was married to Barbara Luchsinger from 1966 to 1992. We had two sons, Rolf Erik (Tara Butterfield) and Christopher Hans (Michelle Kiefer) of Eau Claire.  I married my true love, Darla (Hepburn) Blexrude in 1995. Darla and I made many trips to Hawaii as supporters of the University of Wisconsin Swim Team and enjoyed using our timeshares in Florida, California, Virginia and elsewhere. 

I was preceded in death by my parents; brothers, Jack of Boyd, Hans L. and Raymond of Stanley; sisters, Roselle of Stanley and Dolores Ernst of Midlothian, VA; Grandparents, Jens and Regina (Ipsen) Sorensen, Jan and Anna (Sliwka) Ziemba and a close friend, Arnold I. Johnson. 

I am survived by wife, Darla; my two sons, Rolf and Christopher of Eau Claire; brother, Richard (Carol) of Gwinn, MI; sister, Roseann Dorn and sister-in-law, Violet Sorensen of Stanley; grandsons, Dominick and Bronson Sorensen of Eau Claire, Josef  and Alex Gunter of Augusta; Great-grandson, Bryant Sorensen, Eau Claire; two stepchildren,  Kristin (Aaron) Koepke of Eau Claire and Brandon Blexrude of Madison, and step-granddaughter, sweet lovable Aria Koepke of Eau Claire.

I enjoyed skiing, golfing, and hunting with family and friends.  My greatest enjoyment was dancing with Darla to Polish music, especially Obereks.  We loved attending the Pulaski Polka Fest. This January I was surprised and honored to be nominated to the Eau Claire Ski Club Hall of Fame. I received an award at the Silvermine Ski Jumping Tournament acknowledging the many years of work I contributed to rebuilding the ski jumping hills and adding electricity and lights on the hill.

I want to thank the Mayo Cancer Center of Eau Claire and Rochester for the great care I was given by doctors and nurses who worked there.

I enjoyed a good life and didn’t look forward to it ending, so just remember all the good times. I was cremated and please come to my Celebration of Life Service which will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1915 Hogeboom Ave, Eau Claire, WI and share memories of our time together.  Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11 a.m., service at 11 a.m. followed by the committal at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Following the committal, a luncheon will be served in our Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to “Doctors Without Borders “, 40 Rector Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10006, or “The Stanley Area Historical Society”, P O Box 142, Stanley, WI 54768.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family.


9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at church.


11 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2019, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1915 Hogeboom Ave, Eau Claire, WI

Florist Information

Brent Douglas- Flowers for Everyday 715-831-0997. Flowers are to be delivered to church by 8:30 a.m. on Monday


  • Joanne Z Fineberg To Vic's family. I corresponded many times with Vic on our hunt for genealogy info on the Ziemba family. I'm so sorry to hear of Vic's passing. Please accept my condolences and prayers.

    June 4 at 2:57pm

  • Barbara Gosch Darla, I will always remember, years ago, greeting you and Victor at the Democratic Party picnic-dinner. I feel so blessed to have known him and will always remember his wonderful smile and personality. He was an amazing person and champion in more ways than one. I'm sending my condolensces to you and the family, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to attend the visitaion and service. My caring thoughts are with you and the family.

    April 12 at 8:20pm

  • Sandie Lee Kisting Sincerest condolences to all of your family. Brandon my heart goes out to you.

    April 10 at 10:57pm

  • Chris Gunthert I wish to express my most sincere condolences to the family of Victor Sorenson. He was an amazing teacher and for my time at school in Altoona a great mentor. I enjoyed my classes and time with him. He was one of the few teachers I can really say that about. He was good at encouraging you to be you. I learned more than chemistry and physics with him. I also learned to hide your favorite snacks from people who thought it was hilarious to steal them. Your oreos were the best, Vic. I hope your adventures continue.
    Chris, class of '94

    April 9 at 10:35AM

  • Kathy Carey Vic was a kind, caring person and was always happy to visit and share ideas with others. I will miss our conversations at Menards. He seemed to always be working on a project. I pray his family will be comforted with the wonderful memories of Vic. I have many memories of him at school. He could be quite a character! :) Lifting you all in prayer and trusting that God will hold you close. With sincere sympathy. Kathy

    April 8 at 7:02PM

  • Ruth "Harris" Munden I had Mr Sorensen as a Chemistry teacher at Altoona many years ago. I enjoyed his class and him as a teacher. Our paths crossed over the years and he was always took time to visit with a past student. He was a very jolly - happy gentleman and will be missed by many. My sincere sympathy to his family. May all the special memories you have will carry you through this difficult time. I know I will always remember his smile and laugh.

    April 7 at 2:41PM

  • Donovan Brummond To Victors' family. I can not Express in words how much Vic impacted my life. He was the best teacher/friend I have ever had. I learned more about being a good person from him than i did about science. He approved everything and everyone with such passion, he amazed me! He will be greatly missed.

    April 6 at 1:43PM

  • Rex Gilligan I am saddened to hear of Vic's passing. He is an old friend and I respected him as a leader.

    April 6 at 9:38AM

  • Dan Miller My condolences to family and friends. I always enjoyed Mr. Sorensen's classes. Physics and chemistry aren't easy subjects but he always found ways to make things fun and keep us engaged. He genuinely cared about his students. The world could use more teachers like him! Dan - Altoona Class of '75.

    April 5 at 11:05PM

  • Marilyn Gozzo and Family Dear Darla and the Sorensens,
    We are sad to hear about Uncle Victor. We miss your visits to Virginia. We always looked forward to talking to you and Victor and hearing the news from Wisconsin. Victor was so loved, and he was such a great role model. He and all of you are in our prayers.

    April 5 at 5:39PM

  • Joanne Genest Dear Darla and Sorensen family,
    Dan and I are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Darla and Vic's visits to Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

    April 5 at 1:51PM

  • Erin Uncle Victor, you will be missed. Grandma always looked forward to your visits and so did we. My brother and I would marvel at how much energy you always had.We wouldn't have been able to build Dad's firepit Father's Day present without your help. Tell Grandma," Hi," for me and I hope you two have fun talking about your beautiful great grandchildren together.

    April 5 at 1:47PM

  • Michael Roosevelt My condolences to the family of Victor Sorenson. A great guy and teacher.
    Michael Roosevelt
    Altoona High Class of 1973.

    April 5 at 9:27AM

  • Scott Blexrude & Jim Zachary Our deepest sympathy to Aunt Darla, Cousin's Brandon & Kristen, and the whole family. Vic was such a smart decent & kind person and he will be missed dearly. The whole family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    April 5 at 8:28AM

  • diane wedlund Darla and Family sending my sincere condolences to you.. you are in my thoughts and Prayers. may you find comfort in your wonderful memories and the love of your family

    April 5 at 7:55AM

  • Emily Hehl Dear Sorensen family- There are no words I can express about Victor that haven’t already been written other than how much he’ll be missed.

    He never had a bad opinion about anybody he came into contact with not even his students of which I was one. He always had a smile that was infectious when ever he walked by you in the hallway. He also took time to talk with students like me that where having a ruff time to make us feel better.

    That’s how I’ll always remember him. Peace be with you all.

    Emily Hehl

    April 5 at 6:57AM

  • Sandy Sorensen & Mark Pilgrim Darla, Rolf and Chris, sympathy to you and your families. Uncle Vic was one special guy, educator to many, and a helper to more. A life well lived until the very end. The impact he leaves on the many people he touched, is his legacy. The memories will live on!

    April 4 at 7:42PM

  • Dick Korn Family Words cannot express our sadness over Victors passing.......
    He was the most caring, thoughtful, compassionate and generous friend ever.....
    He was a part of our life and family for over 60 years from being a Best Man to a Godparent....... always there and always an inspiration to all.......
    We will miss you Vic so very much.....
    God be with you till we meet again.....
    The Richard Korn Family

    April 4 at 6:22PM

  • Jeff Meyer You will be missed by all Vic rest in peace. Jeff Meyer class of 96

    April 4 at 4:41PM

  • Tim J Brennan Peace to all of Mr. Sorenson's family & friends. I was in the Altoona class of 1975. I remember Mr. Sorenson as a good teacher and a gentleman.


    April 3 at 7:28PM

  • Gloria Hochstein My heart goes out to all of Vic's family and friends. He was a very special person: smart, funny, generous, informed, kind, and courageous. I will miss seeing him at every coffee klatch and every other gathering of concerned and informed citizens. I hope knowing that he was much loved by so many will bring some comfort to his loved ones.

    April 3 at 3:57PM

  • Allan Dorn Darla,Rolf and Chris, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Uncle Victor was a good man and an inspiration to me. I will always remember him fondly. Sincerely, Allan Dorn

    April 3 at 11:18AM

  • Lynette and Mike Meadows Darla, Rolf & Chris - You and your families are in my heart and mind. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I will always think of Uncle Victor as "The Teacher".
    Love and Condolences - Lynette

    April 3 at 9:24AM

  • Sharlean Johnson My sympathies to your whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I enjoyed working with Vic at Altoona High School. He will be missed and remembered by students and staff alike. I have always heard nothing but good things about him. and I agree with them all.

    God bless him and his family at this time.
    Sharlean Johnson

    April 2 at 10:02PM

  • Bob Baldwin I am deeply saddened to learn of Vic's passing. He was a dear colleague for many years. He impacted the lives of many young people who will carry his lessons with them for life.

    April 2 at 9:15PM

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