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Avis T. Van Wechel

February 7, 1926 — November 9, 2019

   Avis Naas Van Wechel, 93, of Mayville ND, died Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, ND.

   Avis was born on February 7, 1926 in McVille North Dakota to Thomas and Agnes (Drengson) Naas.  She graduated from Kloten High School and attended Mayville State Teachers College.  She taught school for one year.

   Avis married Willard Van Wechel on June 26, 1949 at McVille, North Dakota.  She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, full-time chief cook, bottle washer, combine operator, and tractor/truck driver.

   Avis was a member of the Pioneer Daughters club. She was active in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs where she served as state president and was appointed to serve as chairman of the National GFWC Convention in 1981.  Avis, Marijo Shide and others worked hard and traveled hundreds of miles to get the youth statue “Pioneers of the Future” placed in Bismarck and the “Sakakawea” statue placed in the Capitol in Washington, DC. She held many offices on the Gran Lutheran Church Council and the Gran Lutheran WELCA.  Avis loved traveling with Willard and family and enjoyed many winters in Texas and Big Sky, Montana.

   Avis is survived by her husband of 70 years: Willard; sons: Wendel (Ruth) and  Lynndel; son-in-law: David Cleveland; grandchildren: Aaron (Tracie), Nathan (Tamara), Kyle (Kari) Van Wechel, Brandon (Laura) and Vanessa Cleveland; great-grandchildren: Brenden and Camden Van Wechel,  Lukas and Zachary Van Wechel, Hailey, Rilynn, Isaiah Cleveland, Layla, and Ava Cleveland; brother: Tracy (Rosalie) Naas; several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter: Vickie Cleveland; brothers: Lester (Harriet), Irving (Alaine) and sister: Ieleen Naas.

Visitation: Will be 5–7 PM with a 7 PM Public Prayer Service on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Mayville, ND and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral Service: 2:00 PM Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Gran Lutheran Church, Mayville, ND.

Burial: Will be in the Gran Cemetery in Mayville, ND.

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