Amanda Sorg, 1981-2020

Amanda Sorg (Oct. 10, 1981 – Oct. 14, 2020)

In keeping with Amanda’s strict instructions, there will be no sad cr** in this obituary.  She was very clear.  We should celebrate her life, and when this pandemic winds down, we will do just that. Her request was no funeral, just have a party, complete with bingo, sparkles, and snow cones. And no tears. Seriously. Don’t think she didn’t notice.

Amanda Sorg packed more living into 39 years than most do in double that. She gave her parents, Mike and Gail Laughlin, a run for their money in her teen years.  Many an epic fight happened between Manda and her sister, Laurie Smith.  They always got over it.  She married AJ Sorg, who has been her rock. We cannot thank him enough for the love he has given Amanda.  Their two daughters, Sophie and Shayla Sorg, are their pride and joy.  I know it sounds cliché, but it’s the truth.

Amanda has a lot of friends.  I mean, have you seen her Facebook?  She’s a popular lady.  She’s also a busy lady.  Amanda never did anything half a**.  She was all in.  This obit will be ten pages long if I list all of her accomplishments and activities.  Just know they are many and she poured her heart into all of them.   During the week, she worked several jobs in radiation therapy.  Thank you to Amanda’s MHO and IUN co-workers for supporting her.  Amanda helped organize and support many community events for charitable organizations.  Inappropriate Trivia, anyone?  And I can’t forget to mention her softball family!  Most weekends, spring through fall, were spent at the ball fields.  Each October, she organized the annual Sorg Family Wiffleball Tournament to bring in donations for the local animal shelter.  Even with this crazy schedule, she found time to explore the world.

We’d like to offer special thanks to Devon, Courtney, and Lisa. Your love for her is endless and it shows.

We will miss her fierce spirit, her joyous heart, her generosity, and her wicked sense of humor.

Thank you to all of her friends for the love and support.  We’ve read your messages and they mean so much to us.  Please, take a moment and commit an act of kindness for someone.  Think of Amanda while you do.  She’d approve.

Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice.

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at

10 Responses to “Amanda Sorg, 1981-2020”

  1. Anita M Way

    Oct 15. 2020

    The name “Sorg” comes with smiles, laughter and heartfelt memories! We lived across the street from Art and Gerlinda Sorg in Stone Lake Drive here in La Porte. As time went on there were silly parties, weddings and even deaths as time marches on. I can’t help but think there is an even greater party going on as our Stone Lake Drive families come back together to celebrate and wait for those of us who remain on earth. As Art and Gerlinda, the Cortelyous, the Hickmans, the Reuilles, Brian Way, the Allens and the Groffs have all climbed the Golden Stairway already, now Amanda will be added to the Family. Our sympathies and wishes for the peace that passeth all understanding. Sincerely and respectfully, Jerry & Anita Way

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  2. Darlene Jesch

    Oct 15. 2020

    Mike and Gail, my sincere sympathies.

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  3. diane Humphrey

    Oct 15. 2020

    Gail, I am so deeply sorry to read of your beautiful daughter, Amanda’s passing. You, your husband & all your family have my most sincere condolences. I pray that God gives you strength in knowing Amanda is now in His loving care. Good bless you all.

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  4. Nancy Brinklow

    Oct 16. 2020

    Amanda and Laurie were former students. Later, Amanda did my radiation therapy for breast cancer. She was a lovely little girl who grew up to be a terrific woman. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  5. Tracey Cummins

    Oct 16. 2020

    Mike, Gail and girls, I am so sorry to hear of Amanda’s passing. I have been thinking about and praying for you all! Mike, you will always be apart of our County-Wide family! I used to love when you would bring Sophie in. Love to you all!


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  6. Karen Kleist

    Oct 16. 2020

    Mike, My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

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  7. Virginia Behenna

    Oct 16. 2020

    Dear Gail, family and close friends that are just like family.

    Deepest sympathy to all of you!
    Just too soon for such a wonderful person!

    Praying for healing and comfort in the days to come.


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  8. Susan Zinner

    Oct 17. 2020

    To the family of Amanda, I just learned of Amanda’s death yesterday during a tribute at a faculty meeting at IUN. She was my undergrad and graduate student in SPEA at IUN years ago. She was always very enthusiastic about healthcare in general and all of her classes; she had a strong belief that she could make a difference in the lives of others. I was glad to see that she chose to come back and teach at our campus. My sincere condolences.

    Prof. Susan Zinner, SPEA, IUN

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