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Thordis K. Danielson

Thordis K. Danielson, 92, died July 24, 2013 at the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Hospital, Fargo. Thordis was a resident of Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo, and formerly of New Rockford, ND.

Thordis Katherine Lee was born June 8, 1921 to Lars and Helga (Bolstad) Lee. She grew up on a farm near Colfax along with eight brothers, four older and four younger. She graduated from high school in Colfax. Thordis married Terry La Fournaise in September 13, 1943, in Havre, Montana. Sgt. LaFournaise was a member of a B-24 Liberator bomber crew and shortly after their marriage, he was deployed to action. On January 21, 1944 he was killed in a plane crash in Aden, Yemen. Thordis returned to North Dakota and enrolled in NDAC (NDSU) to pursue a degree in Home Economics. She was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. During summer breaks from college, she worked at the Canyon Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. On September 3, 1948 she was united in marriage to Vernon L. Danielson of Abercrombie, ND. Mr. Danielson was also enrolled at NDSU after serving as a commissioned officer in the US Navy during World War II. Thordis graduated from NDSU in 1949, with a degree in Home Economics Education.

The Danielsons moved to New Rockford, ND in 1950 and lived there for 57 years. Thordis taught Home Economics in Sheyenne, ND and New Rockford until 1973. During that time she had a positive impact on the lives of the many students she touched. In addition to the standard curriculum, she taught life skills and she made an effort to make each student feel special and respected. Over the years, Thordis educated 50 student teachers, of whom she was also very proud. She had a strong commitment to her students, and to advancement of her profession. She attended summer school classes at NDSU and served in leadership positions in professional education organizations. She was awarded a lifetime membership in the American Vocational Education organization to recognize her years of contributions to that organization.

Thordis was a member of First Lutheran Church, Minerva Club, and Pioneer Daughters. She participated in organizing community events, including a centennial celebration for New Rockford. She joined two others in writing a book which commemorated the history of that city.

Her husband, Vernon, died in 2004. In 2007 she moved to Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo, first residing in the independent living apartments and later in the skilled nursing facility. She enjoyed her many friends at Sheyenne Crossings and the staff members who took good care of her.

Thordis is survived by one daughter, Katherine (Randall) Seifert of Walker, Minnesota, three brothers, Herbert (Shirley) Lee of Lacey, Washington, Willard (Betty) Lee of Winter Park, Florida, and Clayton (Joan) Lee of Abercrombie, North Dakota. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Pearl Lee, Fargo, Sylpha Lee, Abercrombie, and Alice Holmes, Portland Oregon, along with 26 nieces and nephews and life-long friend, Doris B. Johnson of Fargo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vernon Danielson, brothers, Melford Lee, Oswald Lee, Arthur Lee, Oscar Lee, and Kenneth Lee, and nephew Duane K. Lee.


PRAYER SERVICE: Monday, July 29 at 7:30 PM in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford

FUNERAL SERVICE: First Lutheran Church, New Rockford

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, July 30 at 2:00 PM

GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Abercrombie, ND, Wednesday, July 31 at 10AM

Posted Condolences:



Name: Tomi Jill Folk

Date: 11/26/2013

Message: Kathy, I just came across this summary of your mother's life, and am thankful for all the years she and I were able to stay in touch. The same weekend you were preparing for her services, I was helping lay my parents cremains to rest in Hunter, ND, as my mother passed away in our home in April, and Dad back in 2007. How lucky you and I were to have our mothers so long, and my sympathy is with you at the approaching holiday season without her. God's peace be with you--Tomi Folk


Name: Shannon Ehlers

Date: 08/26/13

Message: Kathy
I cannot tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your Mom. Thank you so very very much for the letter telling me about her passing; I so wanted to be at the service to say good bye and should have been in closer contact with her. The last time my daughter and I stopped to visit, oh we laughed, talked about the past, my future plans,what grade Madison was in, just so much - we just had a great visit! I have appreciated her support and encouragement (and that of your Dad) for all these years and when I was able to tell her I completed my MBA I am honestly not sure who was more excited and proud - her or me! She will be missed!!!


Name: Colleen Sinkler

Date: Aug. 17, 2013

Message: Kathy, just wanted to get in touch and send my sympathy to you. I always remember your mom in home economics, I still remember the dress I made, it was black with purple flowers, and I never liked it. I never was much into sewing. Losing one's mom is never easy, and you were lucky to have her for so many years. Always cherish the memories. Your "old" classmate, Colleen


Name: kelsey lee

Date: July 30, 2013

Message: To the family of Thordis K. Danielson, I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34;18) With sympathy,


Name: James F Dawson

Date: 7/29/2013

Message: Our family has great memories of Thordis. She was a lot like the " church", a rock, the calm in the storm, all loving, a caregiver, forgiving, a leader, a gatherer, a mother to many, a good listener and an awesome teacher.

Thordis loved life and She lived it fully! We will miss her!

Jim Dawson