Geniel Sorensen DeLeeuw
December 7, 1929 – January 16, 2020
Geniel Sorensen DeLeeuw, born December 7, 1929 in Draper, Utah, passed away peacefully at home on January 16 , 2020 after a short Illness.
Geniel loved growing up in Draper with her many friends & relatives. She attended Draper Elementary School where she played the flute for the Draper Band, members of whom she kept in touch with for years. She also played the flute for the Jordan High School Orchestra. While at Jordan High School she was chosen to attend the first Girls State of Utah. She also attended Brigham Young University.
Geniel was proud of her pioneer heritage and was an active member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers during her life and she volunteered as a docent at the Sorensen Home in Draper, Utah. Geniel worked many jobs over the years including collection duties and bookkeeping for businesses, schools and physician offices.
Geniel loved her grandchildren, music, gardening and her pets.
Geniel is survived by her children Denise Christensen, Steven (Tammy) DeLeeuw, David (Laura) DeLeeuw, 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and her beloved cat Tootsie.
She was preceded in death by her husband Max J. DeLeeuw, parents Arno Woodruff and Lettie Estelle Andrus Sorensen, sister Linda Sorensen, brothers Wilson Sorensen and Dale Sorensen.
Viewing will be held on Thursday, January 23, at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 9119 South 1300 East, Sandy, Utah with funeral services following at 12:00 pm.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the tremendous care given by Aspen Ridge Transitional Rehab. and Canyon Home Care and Hospice. Their attention to detail and genuine concern for mom and our family provided comfort and peace during her last days.
In lieu of flowers please consider Geniel’s wishes of a donation to the Humane Society of Utah.
- Max J. DeLeeuw, Husband (deceased)
- Denise Christensen, Daughter
- Steven DeLeeuw, Son
- Tammy DeLeeuw, Daughter-in-law
- David DeLeeuw, Son
- Laura DeLeeuw, Daughter-in-law
- Arno Woodruff Sorensen, Father (deceased)
- Lettie Estelle Andrus Sorensen, Mother (deceased)
- Linda Sorensen, Sister (deceased)
- Wilson Sorensen, Brother (deceased)
- Dale Sorensen, Brother (deceased)
- Mrs. DeLeeuw also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and her beloved cat Tootsie.
- Greg DeLeeuw
- Melissa Sanderson
- Kylie Sanderson
- Parker Sanderson
- Briggs Sanderson
- Jed DeLeeuw
- Alec DeLeeuw
- Michael DeLeeuw
- Max DeLeeuw, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2020
- Funeral Service Thursday, January 23, 2020
Geniel Sorensen DeLeeuw
January 30, 2020
Our condolences to Geniel's family and friends. She was proud of her pioneer ancestors. She was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, joining in 1965. 55 years!
January 22, 2020
I only met your mother one time but she left an impression of quiet grace. Peace be with you all at this time. Love, from the Dixon clan
January 21, 2020
We loved having Geniel serve at the Sorensen Home Museum. She had a great love for it and for her Sorensen heritage. She was so sad when her health no longer permitted her to come there, and often told me, or sent word with family, that she would come back "as soon as her health permitted it." I still have a vivid memory of Geniel standing on a ladder cleaning the beautiful woodwork in the parlor at the Museum. She was in her 70's then, I'm sure, and always wanted the Home to look its best. We loved her.
Russ & Carolyn Wardle
January 20, 2020
Our condolences especially to our former neighbors, Steve & Tammy.