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Avvy Mathias 1937–2020 Minnetonka—Avvy Mathias of Minnetonka, passed away peacefully, with her daughters by her side, on November 28th, 2020. She was born on July 8th, 1937, in Kenyon, the daughter of Gustav and Thelma (Jacobson) Hilling. After high school, Avvy worked for Farmers State Bank in West Concord as a teller. Avvy loved to drive all of her life and had an interest in cars. Two years after she started working, she was very proud when she bought her first car, a two-toned gray, l957 Ford. She married soon after that, and had 3 children. In the early years, Avvy's priorities were being a mom and was very busy supporting her daughters' school activities; serving as the local Girl Scout Leader; and enjoyed sewing her daughter's clothes including Halloween costumes. She taught Sunday School and was involved in a variety of roles at Hegre Lutheran Church, in rural Kenyon, where she and her family attended church. Avvy took every opportunity to travel with her young girls during the summers, driving coast to coast. Avvy's occupations included: Operating Room Technician for St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester; taxi cab driver for Rochester Cab; and owning her own cleaning business. Avvy grew-up surrounded by many aunts and uncles, and cousins, and relished attending endless family gatherings and reunions. She developed many deep and meaningful relationships with her relatives as a young person. Her love of family continued throughout her life, especially as her grandchildren came along. She wanted nothing more than to share in the lives of her daughters and six grandchildren. "Loving and adoring" her grandchildren would be an understatement of how she felt about each of them. She loved them unconditionally and never stopped talking about them. Avvy counted it a privilege to be her grandchildrens' nanny in her later years. Avvy leaves behind her family including her children: Kathy and Jim Roberts (Minnetonka) and their children, Sam, Jacob and Grace ; Karen and Scott Saboe (Minnetonka) and their daughter Annika; and Susan and Jerry Walker (Cottage Grove) and their children, Lauren (Walker) and Jeff Bloem (St. Paul); and Andrew Walker (Milwaukee) and fiancé Laura Barron; her sister Reenie and John Spreiter (West Concord); and her niece Sarah(Spreiter) and Bryan Datema (Rochester) and their children Max and Ingrid. Avvy was preceded in death, by her parents Gustav and Thelma Hilling; and brother, Orlan Hilling. Over the years, Avvy enjoyed traveling with her adult daughters to a variety of special places. Norway was one of those notable trips where she had the opportunity to meet some of her Norwegian relatives, and learn more about her family genealogy. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and on special occasions, requests were made to "Grandma Avvy" for her sugar cookies, banana bread, lemon bars, and brownies. She loved to host parties for family and friends. Avvy was a collector in general, and was a fan of garage sales; she passionately collected dishes and antique glassware. Our Mom's big laugh will especially be missed. She will be honored, and remembered in our hearts forever. A private service will be held to commemorate Avvy's life. Interment will be in Hegre Church Cemetery in rural Kenyon.

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