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Mavis Olene Biltz, 98, June 29, 2008

Mavis Olene Biltz, 98, of Red Wing, died Sunday at the Fairview Red Wing Seminary Home. Born April 30, 1910, in Devil's Lake, N.D. to Albert and Olene (Landsverk) Tennis, she graduated in 1928, from Albert Lea High School and then attended St. John's Nursing School in St. Paul, Minn. graduating in 1931 as a Registered Nurse. Her first job after college was at Hamm's Brewing Company in St. Paul, where she was the company's first nurse. On Nov. 16, 1935, she married Francis Biltz in Minneapolis, Minn. During WWII, they moved to New Jersey, where she worked as an ambulance nurse. In 1946, they returned to Minn., where she worked at the city Sanatorium. They moved to Welch in 1975, and she worked at Haven Homes Nursing Home, retiring at age 75. He died Nov. 17, 1993. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway. She was also an artist, and enjoyed painting as well as gardening and sewing. A horse lover, she took her last horse ride at the Horse Expo in the state fairgrounds this April

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn (Howard) Poylio of Welch; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, John and Paul and two brothers, Lowell Tennis and an infant brother.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Concordia Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Stehr officiating. Pallbearers will be Matthew Poylio, Fredric Biltz, Paul and Richard Tennis. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hay Creek. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials preferred to the Church.