Avis graduated from Winthrop High School and attended St. Cloud State. She worked five years in Minneapolis at Blesi-Evans, mechanical engineering. She married Dale Klukas and has 2 surviving sons, Shad and Josh. Avis worked for Graham’s Shoppers Village in Gaylord, for 17 years as clerical, store manager and buyer. Then she was employed at TSE in Arlington, and finally at the State Farm agency in Gaylord, as a licensed insurance staff member. Retirement is filled with coordinating Meals on Wheels, helping with the 3 yr. old preschoolers at Immanuel Lutheran School and at the church, also whenever a community organization needs help. She really enjoys their granddaughters, Gabrielle and Madeline, every chance she can.