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Lonna J. Hillis

Lonna J. Hillis, age 62, of Cavalier, ND passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2015 in Cooperstown, ND with her husband and three daughters by her side.
Lonna Jean (Stenerson) Hillis was born on January 26, 1953, in Grafton, ND, to Lon and Arlene (Holt) Stenerson. She attended school in St. Thomas, ND, graduating in 1971. After high school, Lonna attended the University of North Dakota where she graduated with her bachelor's degree in Music Education. After college, Lonna taught school in Maddock ND, Melrose, MN, Grand Forks, ND, and Grafton, ND before marrying John B. Hillis June 12, 1982.
John and Lonna began their life in Backoo, ND before moving to Cavalier, ND in 1988. She taught private piano lessons from 1982-2010. In 2004, Lonna started teaching choir in St. Vincent, MN at Lake Agassi School. Lonna loved everything about music and teaching. She enjoyed sharing her talent with everyone, volunteering at various nursing homes to play piano and accompanying her girls with their various music endeavors.
As a member of United Lutheran Church, Lonna was involved in Worship and Music, was a member of the choir, helped implement a contemporary worship band, was the Sunday School music director, and gave her time as a church pianist/organist. She also became involved with a program called Sounds Like Love.
Lonna and John were blessed with three daughters, Sadie, Whitney, and Hannah, Kayla Wolf, a close friend of the family, and three wonderful grandchildren; they were her whole world. Lonna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was filled with a passion to help others in need and bring them joy through her musical talent. In her free time, Lonna enjoyed making homemade cards and sending them to her loved ones. She also enjoyed reading, photography and scrapbooking, riding her bike and gardening in the sun, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, John Hillis of Cavalier, ND; daughters, Sadie Hillis of Grand Forks, ND, Whitney (Brady) Austfjord of Cavalier, ND, Hannah Hillis of Grand Forks, ND; three grandchildren Vohn, Declan, and Harloe Austfjord of Cavalier, ND; her siblings, Leanne (Steve) Olslund of Fargo, ND and Montelle (Donna) Stenerson of Stevens Point, WI; her sister-in-laws Kathy (Herb) Debban of Lenoir City, TN and Susan (Bart) Thompson of Flagstaff, AZ; her brother-in-law, Stan (Joan) Parrish of Deadwood, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
Lonna was proceeded in death by her parents, Lon and Arlene (Holt) Stenerson; her father-in-law, Jack Hillis; her sister-in-law, Joan Parrish.
Lonna's family and friends will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's this September in Grand Forks, ND. They ask that donations be sent to team HILLIS by going to alz.org and clicking on Walk to End Alzheimer's.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Interment will be held in the Cavalier Cemetery.

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I always loved to see Lonna whenever she came to visit at Hope Church. She had a way of making me feel like we were old friends and had just seen each other yesterday. Prayers for all the family members. Jan Gunderson

Jan Gunderson Aug 3 2015 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, John. I am thinking of you.

Jennifer Grube Jul 28 2015 12:00 AM

We are so saddened to hear of Lonna's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Keith & Shirley Kiner

Keith & Shirley Kiner Jul 27 2015 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the entire Hillis family.

Grant stenerson Jul 27 2015 12:00 AM

John & Family, God bless all of you at this time of great sadness. We all know that Lonna will be playing piano, singing, riding her bike and enjoying her days all over again. May those that surround you give you comfort, strength and courage to face the days ahead. GOD bless Lonna's memories and our deepest sympathy to all of you, Don & Michelle Murray

Don & Michelle Murray Jul 27 2015 12:00 AM

John, my condolences on the passing of your wife.

Curtis Wells Jul 27 2015 12:00 AM

John & family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. May God touch your hearts with peace during this sad time. Jerry & Carol

Jerry & Carol Greenwood Jul 26 2015 12:00 AM

Our thoughts & prayers go out to you all in this time of remembrance of Lonna. She was so talented & gave so much of herself!

Allen & Cindy Anderson Jul 26 2015 12:00 AM

Dear John, Sadie, Whitney, Hannah ~ Please know that we are thinking of all of you. You will be receiving a card/memorial in the mail next week. Blessings, Lynn (Loree and Aimee's Mom :) )

Lynn Dion Jul 26 2015 12:00 AM

Lonna was a great neighbor and wonderful person. Sincere sympathy or Lonna's Family ...

Bob and Geri Thomas Jul 26 2015 12:00 AM

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