Donna Marie Sorenson

July 16, 1939 - March 3, 2020

Donna Marie Sorenson, 80, a resident of Fort Myers, FL for over 50 years, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Ruskin, FL. She was born July 16, 1939 in Batavia, NY to Donald and Dorothy Vahue, now deceased.

Donna was of the Baptist faith. During the times that she did attend church she enjoyed being the church organist.  Donna’s career path was a school teacher at various schools and taught various grades. To the chagrin of her children she was even their teacher at certain times.  She was married to the love of her life Robert (Swede) Sorenson for 16 years and now they are together again. She was an amazing mother to her children, nannie to her grandchildren and gigi to her great grandchildren.  Even though she is no longer on this earth she will always be in our hearts.

She is survived by four loving children, William Messer of Fort Myers, FL, Ann Bustamante (Robert) of Lehigh Acres, FL, Sabrena Remillard (Ernest) of Ruskin, FL, and Donald Messer of Fort Myers, FL.  She is also survived by three loving stepchildren, Rob Sorenson (Eric) of Houston, TX, Chuck Sorenson (Rebecca) Battle Ground, IN and Deanna Sorenson, Cape Coral, FL; two siblings, Joyce Vahue of Rutherfordton, NC, and Gary Vahue of San Antonio, TX; 18 grandchildren; as well as 11 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Friday, March 6, 2020 at Mullins Memorial, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916.

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Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Joanne LaDuke Mar 5, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Dear Ann and Family~ thinking of you during this difficult time. I have such fond memories of your mother. She was a beautiful lady with such zest for life! May she Rest In Peace…..
    Joanne LaDuke

  2. Jeremy Kantz Mar 5, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    You will always be in my you Donna

  3. Sandy (Sami) Lynch Mar 5, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    It was a great pleasure knowing Donna. Many good conversations with her when I worked at the Moose Lodge. May you rest in peace with your husband Swede in Heaven. Fly high♡
    To her family, may God wrap his loving arms around you all and carry you through this hard time and help you find warmth and peace.

  4. Stephen & Dee Brown Mar 5, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Our condolences to Deanna and her family. She will be forever in your heart 💓

  5. Etta Mariotti Mar 6, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Sending love and prayers for the family….I have many great memories of fun times we had…..Donna was such a good friend….<3

  6. Kathy “& Charlie. Barker Mar 6, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss

  7. Barbara ,Amanda and (Calvin) Michael Mar 6, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Sorry for your loss it been a long time since we all lived on Edgewood. Sebrena \ Ann and rest of family.

  8. Bj and Jennifer Howe Mar 7, 2020 at 9:26 am

    It was a pleasure to meet you Donna Jennifer and i always enjoyed are conversations we had with you about life and family You will truely be missed Fly High Sweetheart Love BJ and Jennifer

  9. Bev Crowell Mar 7, 2020 at 11:00 am

    My condolence to Donna’s family. It has been many years since my path crossed with any of my husband’s Vahue cousins, but I always remember them as kind and loving. May you all be comforted by God’s loving presence and knowing that Donna is in Heaven with those she loved and is no longer suffering. God bless you all.

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