By Ron Malast

Observer correspondent

    OCEAN PARK — When it comes to filling out a personal “bucket list,” Diane Sorenson of Ocean Park is well on her way to filling her goals. This past weekend, she took one more step up the ladder by retiring from her job of 13 years as bartender at the Peninsula Moose Lodge in Ocean Park.  

    Sorenson was born in Oakland, Neb., and spent several years on the family farm — eating corn, attending high school and becoming a devoted fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. She is also a supporter of NASCAR, the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks. She is an avid and very successful fisherwoman.

    “An old charter boat captain once showed me how to fish for sturgeon and I never forgot,” she said. “It afforded me to go for many years as a successful fisher-person and allowed me to introduce sturgeon to my family back home.”

    Sorenson has been living on the Peninsula for 30 years and prior to her job at the Moose Lodge she was stir-master at the Eagles. She has three grown children and four grandchildren. She has been hitting the bucket list hard by buying herself a house in Ocean Park, and just last week she bought a new car and is currently packing for a trip to Maui, Hawaii, thanks to selling some family property in Nebraska.

    On Wednesday, July 3, the Moose and her friends honored her retirement with a huge potluck party with cards, cake, gifts and a service plaque celebrating her long-time commitment, attendance, goodwill and service to the Lodge.

    Thanks Diane, your smile and friendly service will be missed.

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