Thordis K. DanielsonThordis 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.