Grace E Thorson

July 29, 1930 ~ February 19, 2021 (age 90)


Grace Eva Thorson, 90, of New London (formerly of Kerkhoven), died Friday, February 19th at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. Her memorial service will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.


Grace Eva Thorson was born July 29, 1930, to George and Mary (MacAndress) Whalen in Red Lake Falls. She attended school in Red Lake Falls, graduating in 1948. She continued her education in Teachers Training in Thief River Falls and started working at a country school near Kerkhoven in 1949. After working for a year, Grace was united in marriage to Walter G. Thorson at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. The relationship started due to Walt driving school bus for the school. Grace continued to teach for another year before their first child was born. Grace and Walt continued to live in Kerkhoven until moving to Lake Andrew, near New London, in 1983. Grace would help substitute teach at Kerkhoven Schools and later in life started working at Simmons Produce and Willmar Poultry Company. She loved living on Lake Andrew. She also enjoyed baking three batches of cookies every Saturday, and her donuts were one of her family favorite treats. In Grace’s leisure time, she enjoyed reading books, knitting and traveling. She has traveled all over the United States including Alaska, and to Italy and Ireland. Grace also enjoyed being members at Church of St. Mary, American Legion Auxiliary, and Alter and Rosary Society. She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, and friend.


Grace is survived by her children: Mary (Tom) Diederich, Lisa (Paul) Mohs, Kari (Tom) Struthers, and Paul (Kelly) Thorson; daughters-in-law, Linda Thorson and Shirley Thorson; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Kitty Gagnon, sisters-in-law; Ione Whalen and Doralyn Whalen.


Grace was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sons: Daniel Thorson and John Thorson.

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