Sondre Auverson Norheim married Rannei Aamundsdatter on Jan. 15, 1854, in Brunkeberg Church in Kviteseid parish in Telemark. Rannei was the daughter of Åmund Olavson Bergestig and Hæge Olsdatter in Øyfjell. Sondre and Rannei had eight children: Ingerid, Hæge (died at 1 year), Ole, Hæge, Anne, Auver, Amund and Talleiv.
Until recently, the age of Rannei has not ben known. We knew that she was born in Bergestig, Øyfjell in Telemark and that she passed away in Oregon, USA. Through Hadeland Lag of America, it has been made aware that Rannei passed away on Nov. 1, 1913, in the State Hospital in Salem, Oregon. It was David Gunderson, Lag genealogist at Hadeland Lag in Fergus Falls, Minn., who supplied the death certificate for Rannei Aamundsdatter Norheim. Rannie was Dave’s great-great aunt, so Dave has his roots from Telemark too, in addition to Hadeland. He coordinated the purchase of a memorial marker for Sondre Norheim’s wife, Rannei, and the Telelaget of America’s Board of Directors has been a major contributor for the marker. Dave and American relatives have contributed funds too, and th emarker is now placed on Sandre’s grave in Denbigh, N.D.
– by Hermod Monsen