Dennis Sorhagen, 70, business owner who ‘valued family and friends above all else’

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Dennis Sorhagen.
Dennis Sorhagen.

Dennis Sorhagen, member of the Wilmington community, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at the age of 70 with his family by his side.

Born July 23, 1945 in West Orange, New Jersey to James and Hilda Sorhagen, Dennis was the middle child of three siblings. After his father’s passing, he assumed responsibility for the family business at the age of 17. He dedicated himself to his family and his father’s business for 50 years, being recognized along the way as a leader in the corporate moving industry.

A giving, sensitive and loving man, Dennis valued family and friends above all else. He had a sense of humor that was ever-present and inspired others to laugh often. He spent the majority of his life in New Jersey before moving to North Carolina in 2001. Dennis quickly gained an appreciation for coastal living and enjoyed golfing at Cape Fear Country Club, playing with his dog Tomo on Wrightsville Beach and anchoring at Masonboro Island with friends. Forever a child at heart, Dennis had a fondness for planes, cars, boats and all “big toys,” and was an instrument rated pilot for 14 years. He enjoyed life and cared for those he shared it with.

Dennis is survived by his soulmate and wife of 21 years, Anne Sorhagen; his son James Sorhagen and his wife Jean Lee of Whippany, New Jersey; his daughter Juliette and her husband Brian Fershtman of Kensington, California; his stepson Nicholas Wilson of Los Angeles, California; his sister Barbara Grosslicht of Mendham, New Jersey; his brother Roger Sorhagen of Flanders, New Jersey; his six grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Tomo, a Bouviers Des Flanders.

His memorial was held Monday, Dec. 14 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home, followed by a graveyard service at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association, 272 N. Front St., Suite 215, Wilmington NC, 28401, or online.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home.

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