Sorter, Mabel Clarice (Severts) (1918-2010)

Mabel Sorter, 91, died on Friday, April 2, 2010 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, April 5, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend John Voelker, Ph.D. officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Middle River, MN.

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 4, 2010 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer service on Sunday evening. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Mabel Clarice Severts was born on October 22, 1918 to Henry & Annie (Fosterston) Severts at Middle River, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended school in Middle River. She worked at the Rex Cafe in Middle River.

She was united in marriage to John Sorter on June 26, 1939 in Newfolden. They made their home on the farm in Cedar Township, Marshall County for many years. Mabel was an active farm wife and homemaker. They moved to Skylight Apartments in June of 1998 and then to Thief River Care Center in 2001.

Mabel loved to embroider pillow cases and dish towels. She also crocheted and quilted many quilts. She liked to make bead jewelry and put puzzles together. She grew huge gardens and loved to can the produce. She made wonderful fruit jelly. She was a long time member of Ringbo Church. Mabel would light up when her grandchildren and great grandchildren came to visit.

She is survived by two sons: Merle (Donna) Sorter, Eagan, MN, James (Sandra) Sorter, Thief River Falls, MN, 4 grandchildren: Kevin (Keri) Sorter, Thief River Falls, MN, Kimberly (Brian) Van Elsberg, Thief River Falls, MN, Dawn Hinojosa, Glencoe, MN, Todd (Wendy) Sorter, Norwood, MN, 3 step grandchildren: Kent Morrison, Eagan, MN, Kari (Art) Vesel, Farmington, MN, Kirk Morrison, Eagan, MN, 11 great grandchildren: Lindsey & Kyle Van Elsberg, Katelyn, Kenzie, Kora Sorter, Clara Jo & Olivia Hinojosa, Hayden, Samantha, Amber Sorter, Olivia Vesel, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband John in 2008, parents, 1 granddaughter Lisa Sorter, 1 great grandson Beto Hinojosa, 3 brothers: Selmer, Herman, and George Severts, 4 sisters: Alma Engen, Ida Olga, Mary Walton, and Eunice Larson.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky