Sorensen, Karen. Passed away Nov. 24, 2005, at age 42. A devoted wife and mother, Karen spent her life in the South Bay and graduated from South High School and El Camino College. She is survived by her husband, Keith Shaffer; cherished daughter, Erika Shaffer; parents, Carl and Barbara Sorensen; sister, Lisa Sorensen, as well as nieces and a nephew. Karen brought joy to all who knew her. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Rice Mortuary, 5301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.

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  1. Karen was a dear friend from our high school days. I have lost touch with her but always hoped to reconnect. She introduced me to Joni Mitchell and sailing, with her family. We shared many memories at YMCA camps and other special days. I will never forget our trip with her family to the carribean. I am so, so sad that I never had the chance to know the beautiful woman I know she had become. My prayers are with her family.

  2. I first met Karen in elementary school.I remember her as being a very kind and friendly person along with being very intelligent. It saddened me to hear of her untimely passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends,

  3. Keith, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your wife, Karen. I will pray for you and Erika – for comfort during this great sense of loss you are experiencing.

  4. Keith: I am saddened to learn of your wife’s passing. My condolences to you and Karen’s family. You will be in my prayers.

  5. Keith: My sympathy for your loss and condolences to you and the families during this difficult time.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. We spent so much time together as kids: sleepovers,watching the Brady Bunch, hanging out at the marina,playing with Butterscotch,listening to records,tennis against the garage. Her friendship was such a huge part of my childhood. My prayers are with her family and friends at this time.

  7. I’m saddened to hear about Karen. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know what an important friend she was to Judy and Francis as we all were growing up on Miradores. I still remember her as Lisa’s little sister coming over to play, and now she has a little girl of her own. Her memory is still strong and will always be in my prayers.

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