Jeanne Valley Sorensen, March 22, 1934-April 17, 2022
Sorensen, Jeanne Valley passed away at home in Plymouth on Sunday, April 17, following a brave battle with cancer. She was 88 years old.
Jeanne was the eldest of three daughters born to Esther and Lester Valley, and grew up on a small farm in Maple Plain. One of her fondest childhood memories was riding her bicycle to Woodhill Country Club, where, at age 12, she was one of the club’s first-ever female caddies. Before “retiring,” Jeanne caddied for both Bob Hope and Prince Bertil of Sweden. After graduating from Mound High School in 1952, Jeanne moved to Florida to work as a nanny. When she returned to Minnesota, she took a job at Northwestern Bell in Wayzata. Over more than three decades, she held a variety of jobs there, including one of her favorites: helping to install the telephone system for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign. In the late 1950s, Jeanne met Doug Sorensen on a blind date, and they were married on July 30, 1960. During the ensuing six decades, the couple had three children; attended countless little league, football, volleyball, basketball, and hockey games; and looked forward to their annual summer vacation on Woman Lake in Longville. In later years, Jeanne and Doug spent their winters in Fort Myers, Florida, where thunder and lightning were the only things that kept Jeanne off the golf course. Jeanne is preceded in death by her husband, two sisters (Judy Allen (Bill) and Patricia), and her parents. She is survived by three children, Susan (Hawkins Dale), Daniel (Dores), and David; four grandchildren (Jack, Fiona, Hank, and Nora); and many friends. A private funeral mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to North Memorial Hospice.
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