1916 - 2014 DUMMERSTON Elizabeth (Lee) Dorothea Sorensen, 98, passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by the love of her family, Wednesday morning, Aug. 20, 2014. Elizabeth was born in Bronx, N.Y. on Feb. 17, 1916, the dau0ghter of the late James and Catherine (Carter) Lawler. She was raised in New York where she attended public schools. She married Philip E. Sorensen on Sept. 1, 1943. Her loving husband of 52 years predeceased her in 1995. She was employed in various positions working at Schulte's; one of the last of the great secondhand bookstores in Union Square, N.Y., which was her favorite. Lee and Phil purchased Loyal's Lodge Motel in Brattleboro in 1970. Their unique hospitality, in this family run business, led to its success as well as many long lasting friendships. In 1975 they purchased Lawrence's Smoke House in Newfane. The corn cob smoking of the hams & cheeses was perfected and expanded. The Sorensen's retired in 1984. Known for her art of letter writing, Lee was most beloved for her uncanny ability to remember friends and family for every birthday and special occasion throughout the years. Her priority in life was her family and she created many cherished memories for family and friends through her kind and thoughtful ways. She enjoyed old movies, crossword puzzles and was engaged in politics. Elizabeth is survived by her son and caregiver, Thomas of Newfane and three daughters, Catherine Gayle and husband, Bill of Chester Springs, Pa., Patricia Maio and husband, Bob of Brewster, N.Y. and Elizabeth Wessel and husband, Woody of Orange, Calif. Additionally she leaves nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Philip and John and by her five siblings, Mary James, Margaret, Katherine and John. A Memorial Mass and celebration of her life will be conducted at Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Walnut Street, Brattleboro on Nov. 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elizabeth's name may be made to Grace Cottage Hospital, Route 35, Townshend, VT 05353. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit : www.atamaniuk.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the ATAMANIUK FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Aug. 23, 2014