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Avis Luetgers, 82

Avis Astrid Adelaide Hanson Anderson Luetgers, 82, Alexandria, died February 26, 2009 at her home.

Avis was born November 2, 1926 in Holmes City as a first generation American. She was the 6th of 7 children born to Albert and Hilda (Oberg) Hanson.

Avis grew up on the Mill Lake family farm and lived in the Holmes City area until 1990 when she moved to Alexandria, where she spent the remaining 18 of her 82 years.

Avis graduated from Alexandria High School in 1944. After graduation she worked as a telephone operator. She was responsible for managing the home farm, which also included tending a large garden, raising chickens and selling cream. She rented her Mill Lake cabin and boats during the summer. She was an Avon representative, worked at the Kensington Municipal Store and was a frequent cook at the VFW Club for a variety of functions. Avis was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and a volunteer for the Red Cross Bloodmobile.

Avis was a very social person who enjoyed participating in a variety of activities. These included bowling, dancing, bridge, playing games and gardening. She always had a big garden and enjoyed canning and freezing her own produce. Her flowers were gorgeous. She always had the coffee pot on and was ready for a game of cards, to work on a picture puzzle or visit with the many family and friends that stopped by almost daily. She loved to cook. A favorite was frying fresh fish (which she also loved to eat). Her famous homemade bread and sugar cookies were often on hand and you never left hungry after spending time with Avis.

Avis was united in marriage to George Luetgers on February 8, 1964. Together they have six children, Wayne (Vi) Luetgers of Maple Lake, Greg (Diane) Hanson of Dayton, OH, Sharon (Darrell) Klimek of Alexandria, Romelle Anderson with special friend James Hohn of Farwell, and Jay (Kalee) Luetgers of Holmes City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Luetgers; son, Roger Luetgers; infant sister; brother, Orville Hanson; sisters, Melba (Harold) Berg, Harriett (Phillip) Berg and Elna Carlson.

She is survived by her brother, Sandy (Shirla) Hanson; brother-in-law, Roger Carlson; five children; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Avis leaves behind many friends and family who will miss her presence in our lives and many fond memories that will live in our hearts forever.

A funeral service was held March 3 at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Peshek officiating. Virginia Hegre was the organist, Joyce Buntje was the soloist and Carolyn Bachman gave a eulogy. Casket bearers were Mark Hanson, Jeff Hanson, Gary Hanson, Jami Hanson, Mike Doherty and Mark Skidmore. Honorary casket bearers were all of Avis's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery near Holmes City.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;