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Mary C. Tentis -- Wabasha

WABASHA -- A funeral Mass for Mary C. Tentis will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha, with the Rev. Donald Lovas officiating. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Kellogg.

Mrs. Tentis, 85, of Wabasha, a retired dental assistant, died Tuesday evening (Sept. 10, 2002) at her home.

Mary C. Schierts was born May 19, 1917, in Wabasha, graduated from St. Felix High School in 1934 and attended St. Joseph's School of Nursing in St. Paul from 1935 to 1937. On Jan. 31, 1939, she married Virgil J. Tentis at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha. They farmed in Cook's Valley, rural Kellogg, for several years before moving to Wabasha. Her husband died May 20, 1965. Mrs. Tentis was a nurse at Buena Vista Sanitarium and St. Elizabeth Hospital, both in Wabasha, and at Lake City Hospital. She later did home health care for local doctors and for 10 years before her retirement was a dental assistant for Dr. J.D. Nadreau. She was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women and was active in St. Felix Traditional Choir. She enjoyed traveling and her work with the church choir.

Survivors include two sons, Max (Carol) and Raymond (Eugenia), both of Wabasha; five daughters, Mary Pat (Francis) Wallerich and Constance Gosse, both of Wabasha, Judith (James) Schmidt of Zumbro Falls, Laura (Dan) Kreofsky of Kellogg and Christine (Scott) Brennan of Peterson; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two infant children, two sisters and two brothers.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha and an hour before the service Saturday at the church. There will be a Council of Catholic Women rosary service at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Memorials are suggested to St. Felix Organ Fund.

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