Mrs. Margaret H. (Thompson) Sorensen

  • Born: June 7, 1926
  • Died: October 28, 2021
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

A Loving Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend

Margaret Helen Sorensen (née Thompson) of Stoneham, Mass., died on Thursday, October 28, 2021, following a long illness. She was 95 years old.

Margaret was born at the Sunnyside Hospital in Somerville on June 7, 1926, to Arnold Kenneth and Rubena (Keddy) Thompson of Malden. As a child, she was a beloved and fun-loving older sister to Rubena Elizabeth, who died in 1994, and to Gilbert and Edna, both of whom survive her.

In 1941, when Margaret was almost 15, the family moved from Malden to Stoneham. With just one theater in the square, the new town felt small to her. She found much to enjoy at the Stoneham High School, however, participating in activities as diverse as prize speaking, basketball, and the glee club while also earning a place on the honor roll.

"Curly black hair, a flashing smile, and a warm friendly manner—that's Marg," proclaims the yearbook for the Class of 1944. "She's as pretty as she is popular, and that's a hard combination to beat." That combination helped Margaret (voted class sweetheart) to catch the attention of her classmate and future husband, Raymond Sorensen (class comedian), who now survives her.

Margaret graduated from high school in the midst of World War II, and found herself at work assembling transformers to aid in the war effort. She then entered the Bridgewater State Teachers College as a member of the Class of 1949, where she joined the Student Co-operative Association and the Dramatic Club. While able to complete only two years of study at Bridgewater, Margaret never abandoned her love of learning. She returned to the classroom almost thirty years later and earned a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University with highest honors.

In the meantime, Margaret's life was changing in other ways. Having dated since high school, she and Raymond were married in Stoneham on August 20, 1949. Margaret became a caring mother to two daughters, Bette Jean and Marcia, both of whom survive her. She also leaves many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

It was motherhood that prompted Margaret to obtain her first driver's license, and she could be seen driving about town in her cream-colored Buick well into her eighties. In an era when fewer women were working outside the home, let alone earning college degrees, Margaret taught kindergarten for several years at the First Unitarian Church in Stoneham. She later served as the director of the Stoneham Senior Center.

At home, Margaret was a lifelong poet. She wrote, not for the glamour of publication, but for her own peace of mind. Writing was a daily habit, one that near the end of her life would even help Margaret to combat the early effects of dementia. She also excelled in a wide range of textile arts. Her handmade quilts, afghans, wall hangings, crafts, and needlework now grace the homes of those whom she loved.

In later years, Margaret and her devoted husband Raymond enjoyed spending their summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. The couple celebrated 72 joyful years of marriage on August 20, 2021.

Family and friends are kindly invited to visiting hours on Monday, November 8, to share memories with Margaret's family at the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (Rt. 28), STONEHAM, from 3–7 ᴘᴍ. Parking attendants and elevator available.

A funeral service celebrating Margaret will be held on Tuesday November 9 at the First Congregational Church, 1 Church Street, Stoneham, at 11 ᴀᴍ. Interment will follow at the Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.

Please consider donations in memory of Margaret to The First Congregational Church's Food Bank 1 Church St. Stoneham MA 02180.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Ray, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your lovely wife Margaret. Please know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time.
Bill Previdi

Posted by Bill Previdi - Gloucester, MA - Friend   November 08, 2021

So sorry to hear about Margaret,she always had a great smile.Prayers for her and her family

Posted by Ed and Rita Manuel - Stoneham, MA - Friend   November 06, 2021

So sorry to Margaret's husband, family and friends. I remember her from a few Keddy reunions and wakes of other cousins. She always struck me as a sweet person and lovely lady.

Posted by CHARLES H. FENTON - Family   November 05, 2021

So sorry to hear of your loss Chief Sorenson. Margaret was such a lovely lady. We send our prayers to you and your family. God has now acquired another angel.

Posted by Rick and Jeanne Johnson - North Port, FL - Coworker   November 04, 2021

So sorry to lose another Keddy cousin. I remember her at a family reunion, with the inherited beauty of all the Keddy kin. Those genes are strong. Her father Kenneth was my science teacher in Medford schools.And, I married a Thompson (no relation that I know of there). My loving thoughts and cares to her husband and children and all who knew her. Luella (Lucy) Fenton Thompson

Posted by Luella (Fenton) Thompson - Scottsdale, AZ - Family   November 04, 2021

Ray, I wish your peace during this difficult time. Memories of the good life you shared with Margaret will help you through. Kathy Sullivan

Posted by Kathy Sullivan - Stoneham, MA - Friend   November 04, 2021

Chief so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife she was a sweetheart she always had a wonderful smile every time I met her she will be missed but never forgotten your friend billy mcnulty

Posted by Billy Mcnulty - Woburn, MA - Coworker   November 03, 2021

So very sorry to hear of the sad news! May God rest her soul!
Chief Lawrence Lamey, (Ret.)

Posted by Lawrence Lamey - York Harbor, ME - Friend   November 03, 2021


Aunt Marg was such a wonderful person. I can so easily call up her laugh in my memory. She was unfailingly kind, a truly sweet soul, and talented and creative in so many ways. The world was and is a better place because of her and she will be missed.

Posted by Jill Gustafson - San Diego, CA - Family   November 03, 2021

What an absolutely beautiful tribute here to Margaret Sorensen. I had the pleasure of working with Ray for many years during his time volunteering at Winchester Hospital. You could feel the love and devotion that Ray had for Margaret when he spoke of her. To Ray and his daughters, I am sending my sincerest condolences to you. May you feel Margaret's spirit with you every day, and may it comfort you when you need it the most.

Posted by Marguerite Fahey - Wakefield, MA - Coworker   November 02, 2021

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