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Avis V. Cordes

Avis V. Cordes

Avis V. Cordes, age 82, of Wanamingo, died Monday, February 19, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester, St. Mary's Campus surrounded by family. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wanamingo with Pastor Heather Culuris officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Mahn Family Funeral Home - Larson Chapel in Zumbrota and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Avis Verona Berg was born to Alfred and Verna (Schliep) Berg on September 11, 1935 at home in Pine Island. She was baptized into Christ at Christ Lutheran in Zumbrota and confirmed at United Lutheran in Zumbrota. She was the high school homecoming queen in 1952. After graduating from Zumbrota High School in 1953 she worked for Monson Dray Line in Zumbrota until she married Lloyd Cordes on September 14, 1956 at United Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, after meeting at a 4-H event. They made their home on the farm in Cherry Grove Township. Here they raised three children and she helped manage the farm. They moved to Wanamingo in 1991. Avis loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Avis collected nativity sets from places that she and Lloyd visited on their many travels. Avis loved to bake and became well known for her dinner rolls and sugar cookies. These were especially a favorite of the grandchildren, they would get their own supply of cookies on special occasions.

Avis has been a long time active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wanamingo, ladies aid, quilter and financial secretary for many years. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society, Homemakers group and County Fair Extension.

Avis will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 61 years, Lloyd. She is also survived by her three children, Cynthia (Alvin) Stabenow, Scott (Jill) Cordes, John (Angie Jensen) Cordes; grandchildren, Adam, Kasey (Brian Hinrichs), Nathan (Michelle Zidlicky) Cordes, Rachel (Cameron) Japuntich, Shannon (Henrick) Wood, and Allison Cordes; great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Chase, Emily, Addyson, and Paul; four step grandchildren, Shane and Jesse Meyer, Leslie Firkins, and Joe Stabenow; sisters, Grace (Floyd) Buhler, LouAnn (Harlan) Jopp; sister-in-law, Audrey Cordes; brothers-in-law, Robert (Audrey) Cordes, Gunder Froyum; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Avis was preceded in death by her parents; and sister-in-law, Elaine Froyum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Wanamingo Trinity Lutheran Church or American Heart Association.

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