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Thora Johanna Hansen Bjornstrom
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1923
Ludington
Mason County
Michigan, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 1975
Norton Shores
Muskegon County
Michigan, USA

Thora Johanna Hansen was the fifth of eight children born to Hans Ingwald and Juliane Hansen.

When all of the siblings were living, they were Ruth Marie, Agnes Annette, Vera Juliane, Hans Ingwald Jr, Thora Johanna, George Leslie, Russell Arthur & Edna Mae.

On the same day that President Kennedy was assassinated, unmarried Thora gave birth to a baby girl, but could not bear the stigma nor the perceived shame, so she put the baby up for adoption and it was a secret among most family members. Thora's family would have, of course, still loved her and loved her baby, but times were different.

Thora married late in life at age 50. She married Gerald P Bjornstrom, who was also 50, in Muskegon, Michigan. Thora was three weeks older than Gerald.

Sadly, Thora battled with depression during portions of her life and she passed away at only 52 years of age when she just walked out into Lake Michigan and let the water end her emotional suffering.

Thora shares a grave marker with her husband, Gerald, who passed away 24 years later in 1999.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Hans Ingwald Hansen (1883 - 1958)
  Juliane Andersen Hansen (1888 - 1957)
 
 Spouse:
  Gerald P Bjornstrom (1923 - 1999)
 
 Siblings:
  Ruth Marie Hansen Carpenter (1916 - 1973)*
  Agnes Annette Hansen Nickelson (1918 - 2004)*
  Vera Juliane Hansen Nickelson (1920 - 1972)*
  Hans Ingwald Hansen (1921 - 1953)*
  Thora Johanna Hansen Bjornstrom (1923 - 1975)
  George Leslie Hansen (1925 - 1994)*
  Russell Arthur Hansen (1927 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakhurst Cemetery
Whitehall
Muskegon County
Michigan, USA
 
Maintained by: Mardi Kightlinger
Originally Created by: Twist
Record added: Aug 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75077695
Thora Johanna <i>Hansen</i> Bjornstrom
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Thora Johanna <i>Hansen</i> Bjornstrom
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Thora Johanna <i>Hansen</i> Bjornstrom
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Aunt Thora, I was too little to remember you the last time I saw you, but I always thought it was cool that I had an aunt named Thora. :D I wish I had been able to spend time with you. I hope you have found the peace we all deserve. With love,
- Mardi
 Added: Apr. 22, 2013
 
 
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