Cover photo for Vivian "Dolly" M. Lohnes's Obituary
Vivian "Dolly" M. Lohnes Profile Photo

Vivian "Dolly" M. Lohnes

August 19, 1947 — May 29, 2021

Vivian "Dolly" M. Lohnes

Vivian “Dolly” M. Lohnes, “Sunkawakan ob Waci Winyan” (Dances Among the Horses) 73 of the Spirit Lake Nation passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks ND.

The family will honor Dolly's wishes and there will be no Wake Service.  Mass of Christian Burial for Dolly will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church with the Reverend Paul Schuster celebrating the Mass. The procession to St. Michael will leave at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday from City Plaza.  Dolly will be laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery. 

Vivian Mae, daughter of Mary (Smith) and Anthony M. Lohnes Sr. was born on August 19, 1947 in Devils Lake ND.  She grew up in the St. Michael area and attended St. Michael’s Mission School for a time and then went to Stephen Indian Boarding School in Crow Creek Reservation, SD. Vivian lost her father at the young age of 8 and later at 14 she lost her mother, and brothers in a car accident. In Dolly’s adult years she later lost her last 3 siblings, Angeline, Mary Frances and Willis Lohnes.  Leaving her the last of her kin.

In 1967 Dolly met Ronald Delorme Sr. and they were the proud parents of Ronald Jr, Tony and Francine Delorme. The family made their home in Belcourt ND and then spent a winter in Washington picking apples and grapes in the vineyard.  She wanted to do everything she could to provide for her family. Dolly and family returned home to North Dakota and later separated/divorce with her then husband.

In 1979, Dolly met Jesse McKay Jr. and they were blessed to add to the family Jesse III. They enjoyed life and family together until his passing in 2007.

Dolly’s love of children, teaching and nurturing them caring for others was demonstrated throughout her life, in her home and in her work.  She worked as a Nurse’s Aide from 1969 to 1972.  She then began a long career with the Spirit Lake Head Start, from 1973 to 2009.  Her work at Head Start inspired Dolly to move to Bismarck in 1995 and she earned her degree in Early Childhood Care at the United Tribes Technical College.   In her employment with Head Start she worked a variety of positions including, Family Coordinator, Parent Coordinator, Disability Coordinator, Teach Aide, Teacher and eventually as the Director on two occasions.  After retirement from Head Start she worked for Spirit Lake Game and Fish from 2009 to 2010, part time at Spirit Lake Senior Services from 2013 to 2014 along with part-time back at Head Start a place so dear to her heart until 2014.  Of course, Dolly was never idle and worked part-time at the Spirit Lake Casino from 2014 to 2016. She always wanted to be active, to contribute to her heritage and to her community. 

But most of all, Dolly loved her family with all of her heart.  They were her pride and joy, she treasured every moment spent with them. 

In her spare time, Dolly enjoyed reading, keeping up with friends and family on FACEBOOK, gardening, listening to country music (especially George Strait), collecting black and white cows, and sitting in the kitchen window watching nature especially the passing of deer.


Dolly is survived by her loving family.  Her children Ron (Sheila) Delorme, Isanti MN, Tony (Elaine) Delorme, Maddock ND, Jesse McKay III of Fort Totten ND; grandchildren Norris James Lohnes, Antoinette Nelson, Cole Delorme, Mary McKay, Camille Delorme, Cheyenne Delorme, Jasmine Lohnes, Sarah Alsaedy, Ray Ann McKay, Caelen Lohnes, Jesse McKay IV and Joran Lohnes; great grandchildren Veronica, Randal, Liam, Amelia and Benjamin; Nephew and Niece John (Rena) and Kristy Lohnes special friends Ruth De Larios, Mildred Chase, Debbie Herald, Celeste Herman, Faye Jetty and Jeanne Cavanaugh; many cousins, nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents Anthony and Mary, daughter Francine, granddaughters Dolly Mae Delorme and Felicia Delorme, great grandson Tanner de la Paz, brothers Emerson Redfox, Anthony Lohnes Jr. and Willis Lohnes, adopted brother Richard Dean Little. Sisters Angeline Lohnes and Mary Frances Abraham, many other precious relatives. 

Casket Bearers will be Ron Delorme Jr., Tony Delorme, Jesse McKay III, Jesse McKay IV, Cole Delorme, John Lohnes, Caelen Lohnes and Randal Nelson











To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Vivian "Dolly" M. Lohnes, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

St. Michael's Catholic Church

, Saint Michael, ND 58370

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 28

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree