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Mavis Hereid

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Mavis Adeline Hereid, age 87, of New Hampton, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at the Jerico Lutheran Church, rural Lawler, with Pastor Daniel Larson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery with Joel and Theresa Knutson, Victoria Knutson, Melinda Knutson, Nathan Schmitt and Spencer Schmitt as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Mavis Adeline Hereid was born September 7, 1927, in Howard County, IA, the daughter of Andrew J. and Anna (Thompson) Johnson. She received her education in both Howard County and Chickasaw County country school and was a 1946 graduate of the New Hampton High School. She continued her education at the Upper Iowa University where she obtained her teaching certificate and taught for six years in Howard and Chickasaw County Schools. On August 26, 1951, at the Jerico Lutheran Church, she married Orlo Julian Knutson. To this union two children were born. Mavis was a housewife, raising her children and helping Orlo with all the farming chores. Orlo died in a farming accident on June 5, 1973. Mavis then worked briefly at the Farmers Mill in Protivin and at Schueth Ace Hardware from 1973-1989. On January 13, 1979, at the Jerico Lutheran Church, she married Lowell “Pete” Hereid. Following Pete’s death in 2010, Mavis became a resident at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mavis was very active in her church having served in several offices at the Jerico Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre and Rucka, BINGO, watching and feeding goldfinches and going for rides in the countryside. She especially cherished her time with family and friends. Survivors include one daughter, Karen (Mark) Schmitt of New Hampton; a daughter-in-law, Ann Knutson of New Hampton; grandchildren, Joel (Theresa) Knutson of New Hampton, Victoria Knutson of Sioux City, IA, Melinda Knutson of New Hampton, Nathan Schmitt of New Hampton, Spencer Schmitt of New Hampton; great-grandson, Daniel Steven Knutson of New Hampton; one brother, Spencer Johnson of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Hazel Newgard of Glenville, MN and Norma Jean (Robert) McArthur of Victoria, Canada; brother-in-law, Paul (Lucy) Hereid of New Hampton; sisters-in-law, Ann (Art) Borlaug and Hazel Hereid all of New Hampton, Ada Engstrom of Chaska, MN, Orrie Hereid of Edina, MN and Marcia (Dale) Wagoner of Lawler; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orlo Knutson on June 5, 1973; one son, Daniel Lee Knutson on June 15, 1997; her husband, Lowell 'Pete' Hereid on June 27, 2010; brothers, Robert Johnson in infancy and Thomas James Johnson.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Mavis Adeline Hereid

  2. Karen and family, your all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through one of lifes hardest tests. Be strong and help each other through. After all family is all we have. Lean on each other. Time does heal everything Jim and Kris Shatek

  3. Knutson and Hereid Families, Our sympathy and prayers are with all of you at this time. Jean and Dan Scott

  4. Please accept our condolences for the loss of Mavis. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew her

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mavis was one of the sweetest women we know. She always wore a smile and listen intently to what you were sharing with her. We know her last few years were a struggle, but now she no longer has to bear that burden. She is free to enjoy eternal life with our Lord and Savior. May she rest in peace. Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  6. Mavis was a wonderful person….I always enjoyed doing her hair all those years…she was so pleasant and never said a bad thing about anybody! Now she can play cards and be reunited with all former loved ones in heaven! They will have one big reunion!!!

  7. So sorry to hear about Mavis. I’ve known her since I was a little kid. Awesome lady. Always friendly and smiley. Even when I would stop to see her in the nursing home when I went to see my dad, she would always say ‘you’re the other Karen’. I have a Karen. Big hugs to you all!

  8. Mavis will be missed by all I always enjoyed talking to her when I worked at nhnrc she always had a smile on her face

  9. Karen, Mark, Ann and families. We are sorry for your loss. Our sympathies with thoughts and prayers.

  10. Knutson/Hereid family so sorry for your loss of Mavis. Thoughts and prayers for you all in this time of loss.

  11. Karen and family, thinking of everyone on the loss of your Mother, she was a special lady. Always so kind and optimistic. Prayers to you all!

  12. Karen & Family, so sorry to hear of Mavis’ passing. She was truly one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Sending prayers & hugs.

  13. Karen, sorry to hear about your mom, she always had a good time playing BINGO and visiting with my 4H group when we came to NHNRC, I always got a kick out of her.

  14. Karen, Mark and family our prayers, thoughts and sympathy are with you during this time. Mavis was a great lady and we always had such great visits. For all she went thru she always had a smile on her face. Now may all the wonderful memories keep you in comfort.

  15. Karen, Mark, & family, Our sympathy and prayers to all of your family on the loss of your mother and grandmother. So sorry we can’t attend the visitation since we are in Arizona but you are in our thoughts. May your mom now rest in peace.

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