Arlene Sorensen

Arlene Sorensen, 70, of Valley Cottage, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Loving mother of Evan Torrens and his wife Chloe of Bardonia. Cherished grandmother of Valentina, Dominic and Michael. Dearest sister of John Sorensen and the late Edward Sorensen and caring aunt to Troy.
Arlene was a educator for over 30 years, and was involved in organizing many charities on behalf of students and seniors. She was the Director at Rock the Point, an annual event that showcased local student musicians at The Turning Point.  Arlene was also a Lead Teaching Artist for Explore the 60’s at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. She began her teaching career at New Paltz High School and retired after many years at the South Orangetown Middle School.  Arlene dedicated her life to helping her students realize their full potential, and was instrumental in connecting different generations through creative projects in the local community. 

Arlene was above all a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be forever missed.

Visitation is Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 from 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale with interment at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY.

The Mass can be viewed through the link below:

Those who wish may make a donation to Arlene’s favorite charity, The Global Medical Relief Fund,


  1. Arlene was a lovely soul, and I regret not having stayed in closer touch. Rest in peace, and condolences to her friends and family.

  2. Rest in Paradise, beautiful soul. Thank you for shining your light and making this world a better place ❤️

  3. God bless Arlene. Her pleasant, talented personage enriched us all.

  4. Rest easy now kind and beautiful soul.
    A donation was made to the Global Medical Relief fund to honor you.
    Heaven has a new angel.
    In love and light,
    Nancy Mindes

  5. Jonathan Swartz

    I first met Ms. Sorensen 30 years ago, when she filled in for Dr. Marshall in my 6th grade class at South Orangetown Middle School in Blauvelt, NY. I found her to be a wonderful teacher, and I learned a lot from her, especially how to write clear and concise essays. Her techniques adequately prepared me for high school and college. I enjoyed having her as a teacher, and also enjoyed reading about her work in the community, especially at Bethel Woods, and Rock The Point, inspiring a new generation of students to follow their dreams. My condolences to the family, she will be missed.

    Jonathan Swartz

  6. Rest in Peace, Genteel Lady. Your light and love will be forever missed.
    My condolences to the family and friends of Arlene.
    With Compassion and affection,

  7. Racquel, Scott Sky and Jett and Nile

    Thank you, Arlene, for your indelible belief in the talents, and the good, in everyone around you.
    Your light will be missed in the world.
    A donation was made to the Global Medical Relief fund to honor you.
    Racquel, Scott, Skyler, & Jett

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