University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Remembering Lorraine G. Gunderson

lorrainegundersonLorraine G. Gunderson, retired head cook, died April 13 at her home in Grand Forks, with family at her side.  She was 88.

Lorraine Glendora Sondreson was born Sept. 5, 1922, to Carl and Emma (Olson) Sondreson in Milton, N.D. In her early twenties, she moved to Oregon and started working as an electrician and housekeeper. She then moved back to Grand Forks.  She married Gustav Gunderson on June 27, 1949, in Crookston, Minn.

She worked as a head cook at UND until retirement. After she retired, she proceeded to work part-time. On March 30, she received "The Mother Theresa - Phenomenal Woman Award" from UND. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, gardening, rummage sales, baking, and going to the casinos with family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter, Judy (Brent) Demarais, Grand Forks; grandchildren, Jeremy, Ashlynn, and Sammi Demarais; great-granddaughter, Naomi Wilson; sister, Edith Einarson, Kalispell, Mont.; brother, Victor (Rita) Sondreson, Seattle, Wash.; many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and special friends Betty Tweed, Marty Erickson, Celeste Long Elk, and Vince Kerzmann.

She was preceded in death by her her parents and husband, Gust; daughters, Lila and Diana and foster daughter, Suzie; eight siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 815 20th Street North, Grand Forks, N.D.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Wednesday. The online memorial registry may be signed at

-- Courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald.

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