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Oda Marie Sorensen

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SORENSEN, Oda Marie (nee Nielsen)  

1923-2022 Gone Fishing 

 

Oda passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Golden Manor in Timmins, Ontario on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the age of 98 and stayed feisty until the end. Her loved ones will continue to honour her legacy by living life though her love of the outdoors, appreciation for the Arts and proving a woman can live life on her own terms.

Oda was predeceased by her loving husband Carl in 1988. Survived by her son Arne Sorensen, grandchildren Ian (Carolle) Sorensen and Lisa (Shawn) Bryce and great grandchildren Cambria Bryce, Carrsen Bryce, Kalleah Bryce, Maxime Sorensen, her niece Jette (late Gord) Helm and her remaining extended family from Denmark with special connections to her grandnephew Carsten Bech Nielsen and niece Lola Bech Frederiksen. She was predeceased by her parents Eina & Marie Nielsen and her siblings: Ruth, Ivan, Erring, Hilmar, Rita, Neals, Doris, Arne.  

Oda was an informal and private woman and will be always remembered as being both emotionally and physically strong, straight forward, helpful and caring. She seemed reserved but freely expressed herself as a determined and independent woman. Her final years were heartwarming and pleasant with a soft demeanor. Prior to entering the manor, she would either be found at the Timmins bingo, in her beloved garden or in the kitchen having exceptionally strong coffee with a cigarette, or two.  

Oda, otherwise known to many as Bestemor and Oldemor, was born in Egense, Mou Sogn, Denmark into a fisherman family. As a young girl of 13, she began her life journey by leaving home to work on a farm estate as a housemaid. Continuing her employment in factories, farms and as a housemaid all while living through WWII and the occupation of Denmark. She met her only love Carl, had one child Arne and married on April 29, 1947 in Aalborg, Denmark. On March 11, 1957 they left Denmark and immigrated to Canada. This is where Oda threw her energy into helping Carl, a master mason, to settle and establish Carl's Masonry supplies in Porcupine, Ontario in April 15, 1975. 

She always had a passion for fishing, gardening, crocheting, travelling, her birds, painting and creating pottery. Also remembered for her coffee and cigarettes, traditional danish dishes of open face sandwiches, pickled herring, roasted duck, topped with a glass of Kirsberry cherry liqueur and a few chocolates.

The family wishes to thank the Golden Manor staff and in particular the amazing nurses for their love, care and compassion towards her.

A private celebration of life will be held in the summer. Grateful to have had her in our lives as she leaves us rich in memories and laughs. We wish her peace and in lieu of anything, have a toast of your favourite beverage to a life well lived! Cheers

Arrangements entrusted to Stinson Funeral Home, 100 Bruce Avenue, South Porcupine, ON, P0N 1H0 (705)235-2900 www.stinsonfuneralhome.net

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