Marty Major’s 80th Birthday Party

April 18th, 2016

Sunday 2-4 p.m. at the Lovilia Community Building Marty’s children hosted a lovely party for Marty. They displayed several of her beautiful hand stitched pieced and quilted by hand quilts.  Marty is stitching on some piece of sewing nearly nonstop if you know her.  She doesn’t wait for anything unless she keeps her hands busy.

Also were family photos, travel photos, and her singing groups pictures displayed to enjoy.  Many Lovilia and out of town guests enjoyed visiting and sharing birthday cake and punch.

Marty has been active in service to her community and church all her life.  She is a golden asset to Lovilia that we appreciate.  Thanks Marty and Happy Birthday!

Benefit for Teresa Conner April30th

Teresa, daughter of Bill and Debbie Conner, is fighting a bout with cancer.  There will be a benefit at the Lovilia Community Building on Saturday the 30th from 2pm start.

It will start with a buffet lunch at 2 p.m. then program followed by live music. Auction too.  All are welcome to stop and support Teresa and her family.

 

Lovilia Recycling Trailer in for Repairs

April 15th, 2016

The trailer left town to be repaired. It is expected to be back in Lovilia in two weeks or less( that would be about April 28).  If you need to recycle before it returns, you can leave it at the recycling building in Albia.  It is located one block west off  hwy5 when you turn on the street between the AY Mc Donald factory and the new law center.  There are windows to put each category of items in. It is for drop off 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Just keep checking the Lovilia trailer site and it will be back soon for your recycling use.  Thanks for recycling.

Methodist Noodle Supper Wed. was a Hit.

The community building was well filled with happy local and out of town eaters.  Servers are cheerful and fast and the food is tastey.  Thanks to the ladies and gents of the Lovilia United Methodist Church.

New sidewalk

Plans are moving forward for the new sidewalk at the Lovilia Community building.  We received word this Monday that we received the $1500 grant we applied for to help pay for it.  Contractor, Mike Romanco,  has agreed to remove the old sidewalk and form up and pour the new one.  If all plans go forward with no hiccups we could have it all done before Memorial Day.

 

Catherine Irene Gelles Passed away April 3, 2016

April 11th, 2016

Funeral services were April 8th at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Knoxville. Burial was at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Lovilia.

Cathy was born October 29, 1941 to Mike and Barbara (Ahn) Gelles.  She was welcomed home by two older brothers and was baptized at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.  She was educated in Lovilia schools and graduated with the high school class of 1960.

Her work life included:  Look Magazine in Des Moines, Ia; Griffin Nursing Home in Knoxville, Iowa; and the the VA Medical Center until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Knoxville, Iowa.

Cathy was a Knoxville Raceway fan and attended races for over 50 years.  She rarely missed a Saturday race and always attended the National races there.  She was a regular visitor to the Nashville country music festival.  Another pastime she enjoyed was going to garage sales, flea markets, and other shopping.

Her son, Todd Michael, and her parents preceded her in death.  Surviving are her two brothers:  Edward Gelles of Knoxville, Iowa and John Gelles of El Cajon, California.

Marlene Papich Terrell left this message:  “So sorry to hear of Catherine’s “Kitty’s”) passing.  Her father had the shoe repair shop across the street from our family Sundry Shop/Drug Store in downtown Lovilia.  We all went to school together!  Lots of memories…..Remembering the family, John and Eddie, in your loss.”

May she rest in peace.

Lois “Maxine” Chance died April 7, 2016

Lois ,age 95, was born October 31, 1920 to Andy and Bertha (Warren) Henderson in Monroe Country.  She was the oldest of six children.  She married Leo Chance December 13, 1939 in Unionville, Missouri.  They were blessed with one daughter, Barbara.

She was a member of the Independent Bible Church of Bussey, Iowa.

Her work years were: the Overall Factory in Knoxville; and Maloney’s Mfg. Company , Albia.   After retirement  she and Leo spent several winters in Arizona which she enjoyed.  When Leo died, she moved to a home in Lovilia and later lived with her daughter.

She was preceded in death by husband Leo, brother Robert, brother Ernest, and sister Evelyn Dunkin.

Maxine is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Don) Etcher of rural Lovilia; four grandchildren:  Scott (Julie) Etcher of rural Lovilia; Sandy (Chris) McFarland of Oklahoma; Steve (Thea) Etcher of Missouri; and Shawn (Heather) Etcher of Virginia; sixteen great grandchildren;  and thirteen great-great grandchildren; and brother Paul (Jean) Henderson of Ottumwa; and Joe (Joan) Henderson of Newton and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral was April 11, 2016 at Independent Bible Church of Bussey.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia.   A memorial has been established to the Independent Bible Church in Bussey, Iowa.

May she rest in peace.

Lovilia happenings: mark your calendars today!

April 6th, 2016

I will wait.  Go get your calendar and a pen. Got it?  Here are the coming events:

April 11, Monday Lovilia Fall Festival Planning meeting at the Lovilia Comm. Building at 5:30 p.m.  New people interested in helping are welcome.

April 11, Monday Lovilia Community Betterment Meeting at the Lovilia Comm. Building at 6:30 p.m. New people interested in helping are welcome.

April 13, Wednesday, United Methodist Church is serving a Chicken noodle supper with sides and desserts at the Lovilia Comm. Building from 5-7 p.m.  Free will offering to eat in and a $5 cost per carry out dinner.

April 16, Saturday, Craft night at the Lovilia Comm. Building at 6-8 p.m. We will be making May day gift jars.  Cost is $10 per person includes all materials and snacks.  For adults and you can learn more or sign up to attend on Facebook.  Type in the search line “Lovilia craft night”.  Jessica Mansur is our instructor.  All profits support the Lovilia Fall Festival.  Come join the fun!

April 23, Saturday, Can and Bottle Redemption Collection. All proceeds support the Lovilia Fall Festival.  If you want early pickup call 891-7837 or 891-7855.  Volunteers will meet at the fire station at 9:45 a.m.  Then they will go door to door to collect or people can drop off the cans & bottles at the fire station between 10-12 .

April 25, Monday, Blood drive at the Lovilia Comm. Building from 3-6:30 p.m.  New donors are welcome and can just drop in to sign up during this time.  The blood bank says only 10 out of 100 people donate.  We can always use new donors.  You must be 16 years old or older.  16 and 17 year olds need parental permission.

April 28,Thursday, is the annual Worker Memorial Day.  This day stop and say a prayer for any worker who has died on the job.  Then make an effort at your workplace or in lobbying the legislature to make sure work places follow the best safety procedures to protect all workers.

May 7, Saturday, is the annual city wide Yard Sales in Lovilia. Lovilia Community Betterment sponsors this and puts an ad in the Albia Newspaper for the sale and distributes flyers to let people know.  Have fun and set up a sale in your yard and spread the word to come on out and shop. Most sales are open 8-12 a.m. but each person can set their own sales hours.

June 8, Wednesday, Stuffed Baked Potatoes with all the Fixings at the Lovilia Comm. Building for supper.  This is hosted by Lovilia Betterment Committee and all earnings will go towards the community buildings insurance premium and building maintenance.

New Residents Coming Soon

A lady who grew up here, Ellen Hollinrake, and her husband are planning to move to Lovilia when they are retired.  They have purchased the empty lot between the Lundstroms and the Spaurs on North E Avenue (main street).  At some point they will place a home there and we look forward to welcoming them to town.

 

 

 

 

Beverly Ann Sofranko Dies

April 1st, 2016

Beverly Ann Sofranko, age 85, died March 30, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family.  Beverly was the daughter of Hayden and Eva (Anderson) Jones of Albia, Iowa and was born to them on November 3, 1930.  She graduated salutatorian of her  high school class in Albia in 1948.  Following graduation, she attended Mercy College of Nursing where she earned her Registered Nurse diploma in 1951.

Beverly married Gerald Sofranko on July 19, 1952 at Visitation Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa.  They moved to Columbus, Iowa where Gerald was stationed in the Air Force and were living there when their first child, Steven, was born.

In 1954 they returned to Iowa and moved to Lovilia.  The family was blessed with seven more children.  Beverly was a registered nurse at Monroe County Hospital for 37 years and retired from there in 1992.  Through the years she was a source of comfort and support to many friends and neighbors and patients under her care.

Beverly was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia, Iowa and St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia, Iowa.

She was a devoted mother, loved traveling and camping with the family, spending winters in Arizona for 13 years,  sewing, and shopping for gifts for others.

Beverly is survived by her husband of 64 years, Gerald.  Also survived by seven children:  Denise (Mark Rosacker) Sofranko, DVM; Janette (Gene Duchardt); Don; Elizabeth; Cecilia; John (Maria); and James (Monica).  She also has two grandchildren, William and Ava Sofranko.  She also leaves one sister, Betty (Paul) Clark and many nieces and nephews.  Her son, Steven, and her parents preceded her in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia with father Mike Volkmer C.P.P.S. officiating, and Deacon Edwin Kamerick assisting.  Burial will follow services in St. Peter’s Cemetery , Lovilia.

Visitation will begin at Sinnott’s Funeral Home, Albia at 1 p.m. , Sunday April 3rd.  There will be a Rosary at 4 p.m.  Family will be present 5-8 p.m.. Chrisitan wake at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be for either:  St. Peter’s Cemetery, Lovilia; Monroe County Hospital Foundation; or HCI Hospice.

May she rest in peace.

Robert Frank Durbala Dies

March 17th, 2016

Robert was the first child of Frank Alexander and Margaret Catherine (Bins) Durbala.  He grew up on the family farm near Lovilia and graduated from Lovilia schools.

April 19, 1950 he married Suzanne Alma Grundman in Newton. They had three daughters and one son.  He worked over 39 years at Maytag in Newton where he retired in 1985.  He was an electrician and after retirement built a country home on ten acres which he enjoyed caring for.

He died Tuesday, March 14, 2016 at age 87 at Skiff Memorial Hospital in Newton.

Surviving are his wife, son Michael Paul(Sandy) Durbala of Hills; daughter Anne Marie Bonawits of Naples, Florida; daughter Mary Lynn Durbala of Baxter, and daughter Catherine Sue (Ken) Curell of Boone.

He also leaves 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two sisters: Jean Hollinrake of Weller and Patricia Baldus of Ames.

Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Margaret Fisher, brother Thomas and brother Marion, and one great-grandchild, Tanner Titus.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 19th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton, Iowa.  Visitation with family will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton.

Memorials may be directed to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Newton.

May he rest in peace.

Evelyn Lucille Dunkin Dies

March 13th, 2016

Evelyn died in Knoxville at the age of 92 at Westridge Speciality Care on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Her parents, Andy and Bertha (Warren) Henderson welcomed her birth November 21, 1923.  She attended school in Lovilia and graduated with the high school class of 1941.  She raised her family on the farm and worked at Water’s Grocery Store in Lovilia.  Later she managed the Pine Knolls Country Club Kitchen in Knoxville and still later worked at Bingley Sell Barn Cafe.

She enjoyed gardening and going to casinos.  She was very proud of her five generations.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Beverly Hugen of Lovilia, Wendell (Linda) Dunkin of Des Moines, Katherine Thomas of Bussey, Lowell Dunkin of Des Moines. Also surviving is Lee Thompson of Knoxville who was her significant other for 44 years.  Also three generations of grandchildren survive her.  Also, her siblings:  Maxine Chance of Albia, Paul (Jean) Henderson of Ottumwa, and Joe (Joan) Henderson of Newton survive.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and brothers, Bob and Ern Henderson.

Celebration of Life Services were held March 9, 2016 at the Lovilia United Methodist Church and visitation was for an hour before the services.

Memorials may be directed to the family.  Services entrusted with Sinnott Funeral Home, Gilbert Chapel of Lovilia.

 

Jane Ann Ballalatak Dies

March 2nd, 2016

Jane was born on February 27, 1943 to Michael Edwin and Juanita Louise Chamberlain Ballalatak in Albia, Iowa.  She died on her birthday, February 27, 2016.

Jane attended and graduated from Lovilia schools with the class of 1961.  She worked many years at Monroe Plastics and later at VA Hospital in Knoxville until retirement.  She made her home in Lovilia.

Her enjoyments were sewing, traveling, and making quilts.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.

Jane Ann is survived by her siblings: Dennis (Karen) Ballalatak of Albia, Jeanette (Thomas) Evans of Oskaloosa, Jim (Deb) Ballalatak of rural Albia, and Donna (Don) Zoutte of Knoxville.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kevin and Jerry.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Sinnott Funeral Gilbert Chapel in Lovilia with pastor Rick Smith officiating.  Burial will follow services in OakView Cemetery in Albia.  A funeral luncheon will be served following burial at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, opening to the public at 1:00 p.m. and family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Sinnott Funeral Home Gilbert Chapel in Lovilia.

Memorials may be directed to the Lovilia Community Building.

May she rest in peace.

Lovilia Fall Festival Date Is Set: September 10, 2016, Saturday

January 12th, 2016

Festival committee met and the date is set.  Please mark your new 2016 calendar and save the date to join us.

It will be Saturday, September 10.  More details as the plans are made will appear here on under the water tower.

Newly elected Festival committee chairman is Sadie Dykstra.  She invites anyone who wants to help support the festival entertainment, food, and advertising costs, etc. to send donations to:  Sadie Dykstra, P. O. 142, Lovilia, Iowa 50150.

If you missed getting a Lovilia shirt last year. They will be available again this year by order only. Watch this blog and info. will be there about ordering.

If you want to be in the lighted night parade, tell Sadie or email your entry plans to the email site for this blog.

Save the date.  We hope to see you there for the fun and visiting with old friends and neighbors.  And we want to thank Sadie and her committee of volunteers who work long hours to bring you this good time.

 

Louise Sebben Golec McCoy dies today, January 5, 2016

January 6th, 2016

Louise, age 92, died today at Oskaloosa Care enter in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

She was born April 22, 1923 in the Rex 4 coal mining camp in Monroe County, Iowa to Santo and Luigia(Lucaora) Sebben.  Louise graduated from Lovilia High School with the class of 1940.  She was married in March 1960 to Edwin Golec and shared 29 years together before he passed away in 1989.

Later she married Hugh Ben McCoy on October 1, 1995 and they shared 20 years together before he died in 2015.

Louise lived and worked as a secretary in Chicago for 4o years.  Then she moved to Lovilia, Iowa where she was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and of the Altar and Rosary Society there.

Louise enjoyed music and dancing.  She liked children, visiting with her neighbors, and family.  People would say ,” She had a heart of gold”.

Louise is survived by her step-children and their families:  Robert McCoy, James McCoy, and S. Michael McCoy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, her sisters:  Antonette DeMarchi and Emma Tenerowicz, and her five brothers:  John, Angelo, Geno, Mario, and Joseph Sebben.

No visitation is planned.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2016 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.  Burial will follow services at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lovilia.

A memorial has been established to St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lovilia.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.

May she rest in peace.