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Phyllis Sornsin

March 27, 1927 - November 14, 2011


4-6:15 P.M. Friday, November 18 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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Time for Sharing: 6:15 P.M. Friday, November 18 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

7:00 P.M. Friday, November 18 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


9:30 A.M. Saturday, November 19 at Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Phyllis Sornsin

March 27, 1927 - November 14, 2011


Phyllis Sornsin, 84, Fargo passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 surrounded by her loving family and assisted by Hospice of the Red River Valley and the Bethany Retirement Living Memory Care Staff.

Phyllis was born March 27,1927 in Fargo, to Stewart and Vivian (Ellis) Roden. She attended Sacred Heart Academy, graduating in 1944. Following graduation, she and her sister, Virginia, moved to Chicago where they worked for the US Treasury Department filing U.S. War Bonds She then attended NDSU for two years before marrying Thomas Charles Sornsin in 1946. Phyllis was a dedicated and loving wife and mother.

She was a long time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was a Grand Life Master Bridge player where she competed nationwide. She was an avid cook and loved to entertain with her family, friends and puppies! She spent many summers on Lake Melissa and loved to read and play cards with her grandchildren!

Phyllis is survived by her children, Jane (David) Lundeen; Thomas Jr. (Jodi); Sarah (the late Douglas) Doran, Robert (Terri); Nancy (Rob) Oster; Mary Beth (Douglas) Stensgard; Julie (Dale) Cardwell; brothers, Donald (Doreen) Roden, David (Mary Ann) Roden; sisters, Virginia (Tom) Grady, Susan (Robert) Thompson, Dona Roden; Several nieces and nephews; She also had 27 Grandchildren; and 24 Great-Grandchildren.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Thomas Charles Sornsin, son, Timothy Stewart Sornsin, infant daughter, Mary Theresa, and son-in-law, Douglas Doran.

Memorials may go to Bethany Homes Willow Lane Memory Care Unit, Hospice of the Red River Valley and/or The F-M Humane Society.


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  1. Pamela Olson James says:

    Moorhead MN
    To Jane,

    I’m sorry to hear about your mother. Since I’m in Arizona, I couldn’t attend the funeral. My thoughts are with you and your family .


  2. Lyn Reis says:

    Fargo ND
    I was sorry to have missed your mom’s funeral we were out of town. I know how hard it is to lose your mom. Our thoughts are with you, Jane, Sally, Tom, and all the family. I think of you all when I look at your old house, right across the street from us now.

    Lyn Reis

  3. Nancy Volk Reger says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Sornsin Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Thinking of all of you,
    Jack and June Volk
    Brad Volk and
    Nancy Volk Reger

  4. Susan Wedberg says:

    Moorhead Minnesota
    Phyllis was a special delight, so vivacious, energetic, compassionate, and ready to feed anybody that was hungry. I only knew her for a short time, but she radiated love. We will miss her….but for just having the pleasure of knowing her. Special prayers to the family.


  5. Kathy Ulseth-Tenold says:

    A classy lady to the end…I will miss making rounds and seeing her expressions and the compliments we’d give each other on our fashion of the day.
    Thoughts and prayers are with your family…even with thoughts of sorrow I hear her chuckle.

    Kathy Ulseth-Tenold
    Bethany Retirement Living

  6. Sr. Jane Walker says:

    Dear members of Phyllis’ family
    How I enjoyed my visits with Phyllis when she was at River Square. I will remember her in prayer.

  7. Donna (Cardwell) Layman says:

    Graceville, Mn Julie & DAle and extended families,
    Our Sympathy to your entire family on the loss of your mom.
    Treasure all the great memories of your mom forever.

    God Bless,

    Donna & Curt Layman & Family

  8. Sid Staszko Kuropchak says:

    Orono MESorry to hear about your mom Sally and family. I sure have fond memories of her and her infectious laughter. She is up in heaven now playing bridge with my mom and most likely they are the best duplicate bridge team up there! Sid Staszko Kuropchak

  9. Pat Bergen says:

    Sornsin family, Bill and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.Aunt Phyllis had a memorable laugh that will be with us forever.You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless, Bill and Pat Bergen

  10. Nancy Anvary says:

    Fargo NdOh what a wonderful person Phyllis was! She welcomed all with her warm heart into her home. Her friendly spirit lives on in all of her girls. Our thought and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Hugs to all of you! Love, Ben and Nancy Anvary

  11. Ann Sornsin Peery says:

    Littleton COTo my cousins, I am thinking of each of you at this time of Phyllis’s death. God bless her and each of you. Ann

  12. josephine massung says:

    Glendale Az.Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Mourning with all of you for the loss of a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace.

  13. Chuck Sornsin and Susie Balsdon says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    We will miss our talks with Phyllis as we delivered some of her meals. She would brighten up at susie and insist on welcoming us into her home to sit and talk. I belive that is a long forgotten custome that I greatly miss.
    I too remember searching threw the home looking for lost treasures anding in some big boy games.
    when Alzheimers takes over, you fear that all is lost yet it is not, little clues keepwaking up memories. Thank you Phyllis, for those talks and sharing those memories with us..
    May god be looking over all the famillies,’Janie and Sally hold tough.

    Psalm : 23. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

  14. Laura Isensee says:

    Eden Prairie MN
    Dear Janie and Sally and families:

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I hope that everyone is doing OK.

    I remember hanging around in your “big” house and marveling at your parents huge bedroom. Way before the idea of “master bedroom with a connected bath”. I believe that your Mom had a dressing table (?) and some huge closets (?) and we would sneak in there sometimes and look around. I always liked being at your house.

    Take care, all of you, and I’ll say a prayer for your mother. Regards, Laura Pancratz Isensee

  15. Vanessa Bryn says:

    I will miss Phyllis. She was such a sweet lady. I am so glad I got to know her before her Alzheimers got worse. I will miss her kissy faces and they way she would even look at a puppy. She was so kind and will never be forgotten.

    Sincerely, Vanessa Bryn
    Activity Coordinator on Willow Lane, Bethany Retirement Living

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