Harold Gerome Showers Dies April 4, 2017

April 5th, 2017

Harold, age 73, died at Westridge Specialty Care Center at Knoxille, Iowa April, 4, 2017.

Visitation will be held from noon until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville.  Harold’s family will be there from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to share memories  with family and friends.

The funeral service will be Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Winfield Funeral Home.  Pastor Brian Harris officiating.

Burial will be held immediately following his service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia, Iowa.

A memorial has been established in Harold’s memory to HCI Care Services of Knoxville.

May he rest in peace.

Linda Chance Kendall Died March 16th

March 20th, 2017

Linda Elaine Chance Kendall died March 16, 2017  She was born on Oct. 5, 1942 to Alva and Pauline (Hittle)Chance of Lovilia.  Linda had five siblings:  Jim ( and the late Alice) Chance, Duane and Betty Chance, Bobby and Linda Chance, Jim and Nancy (Chance) Lenger, and Carolyn Chance.

Linda graduated from Albia High School.  She then worked as a secretary, helped on the farm, worked in her husband’s business, Gamble’s Hardware Store in Albia, and helped her son with his businesses,Quiktron and Muddy Outdoors.

On January 7, 1962, Linda married Dayton Kendall and shared 55 years together. They had two children, Dee and Larry.

Linda enjoyed listening to the music of her husband’s band, quilting, playing cards, and caring for the farm’s animals.  She was a meticulous bookkeeper, frugal, and a very hard worker.

Her husband and daughter preceded her in death. Surviving are her son, his wife Gervaise, and three grandchildren, Gage, Lainy, and Jack.

Visitation at Tharp’s funeral home in Albia will be Tuesday, Mar.21 ,2017 from 3-8 p.m.  Family will be present from 6-7:30 p.m.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mar.22, 2017 at Tharp’s.  Burial will follow at Osborn Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Osborn Cemetery.

May she rest in Peace.


Lovilia 2017 Fall Festival Has a New Date

The festival will be September 30, 2017, Saturday.  Our festival chairperson this year is Kristen Mick.

Plans are for a night parade this year. If you want to enter the parade, start planning on putting lights on your entry.  The parade will line up at 6:30 p.m. and start down main street (E avenue) at 7 p.m.

Some activities being planned are:  firemen water fights, car show, kid’s games, bags tournament, food booth at the Community Building, kettle corn, and a 50/50 raffle.

It was decided not to print a new T-shirt this year. Hopefully, guests will wear last year’s or vintage shirts from past  years.

More information will be posted here as the plans are made.  The date was set for later in the month to avoid the Iowa/Iowa football game day which drew away many Lovilia folks.  The new date coincides with pancake day in Centerville but we hope our locals will stay home for our festival.  It is darn near impossible to find a Saturday with nothing going on. So the 30th of September is when we will celebrate.  Please mark your calendar now and plan to be there.

The next festival planning meeting will be the second Monday of April, the 10th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lovilia Community Building.  If you would like to help, come to the meeting.


Former Resident, David V. Lucas Dies

March 16th, 2017

David Valentino Lucas was born February 14, 1925 in Monroe County, Iowa to George and Ann (Mitrisin) Lucas.

He grew up in Lovilia and graduated from high school  there. In 1948 on June 5th he married Bernadine “Bernie” Aversing.  He farmed with his father for a while and then worked at the VA  hospital in Knoxville, Iowa in the engineering department.  David  retired at the age of 55.   The family moved to Knoxville in 1975.

Dave liked gardening, exercising, and traveling with his wife.

Dave, 92 years old, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Park Lane Village.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, daughter (Vicki), son (Tim) and siblings (Eldon, Elna, and Maxine).

Surviving are son, Greg (LuAnn) of Newton, Iowa and daughter Lynne (Jody) Kasal of Elberon, Iowa.  Also grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

May he rest in peace.

A mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, March 16,2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Knoxville.  Family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m. until mass begins at 11 a.m.  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to H.C.I. Care Services-Knoxville Office or to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Susan Travis passed away in January

March 5th, 2017

Susan Marie Travis, age 66, of Coralville died after a battle with cancer January 21, 2017.

She was born in the Navy Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland to Thelma Sofranko Murray and Richard Murray on April 21, 1950.  Susan grew up and was educated in Lovilia, Iowa.

Herk Travis and Susan were united in marriage on September 21,1973. Together they enjoyed traveling, the Corvette Club, and NASCAR races, especially attending the Dayton 500 for many years in February.  Herk preceded her in death in 2005.

Susan began employment in 1974 with Sheller-Globe and worked in the International Automotive Components area until her illness forced her to leave in the fall of 2016.

Susan is survived by relatives in the Lovilia, Iowa area and many friends from her years at Sheller-Globe and IAC.  Friends recall her quick wit and dry humor.

A time of remembrance and sharing was held January 27, 2017 in Iowa City at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Iowa City, Iowa.

May she rest in peace.

Richard Maddy Dies Feb. 28,2017

March 2nd, 2017

Richard was born January 13, 1930 to Carl and Jenny (Davis) Maddy near Weller, Iowa. He grew up there on a farm and graduated from Lovilia High School in the class of 1947.  He was on the Lovilia Lions basketball team.

After school he served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict as a military policeman.

On June 11, 1955, he married Lois Clark in Albia, Iowa. They were blessed with three sons:  Michael, Max, and Mark.

Richard and his brother, Ben, owned and operated a Conoco gas station in Albia. Then the family moved to a farm north of Albia that he farmed until he died.  He was also a warehouseman at the Knoxville VA until retiring in 1985.

Richard enjoyed boating, camping, and gardening especially raising sweet corn.

He is survived by his wife, and three sons families and grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were: his parents; brothers Russell, Ben David , and Wayne; granddaughter Kaylea; and daughter-in-law Apryle.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia,  starting at 2 p.m. and family present from 5-7 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10 a.m., officiated by Suzanne Rider at Sinnott funeral home.

Burial and military rites by Albia, Melrose, and Lovilia American Legion at Union Chapel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Howard Cessna Post #136 or Welcome Home Soldier.

Ruth Elizabeth Hutchinson dies

February 20th, 2017

Ruth, age 81, of Lovilia died February 16, 2017 at her home.

Ruth was born on December 13, 1935 to William Bill” and Jessie (Bettis) De Tar in Albia, Iowa. She was educated in Albia and graduated with the high school class of 1953.  Wiley Hutchinson and Ruth were united in marriage on October 30, 1954 and shared 62 years of marriage.  They were blessed with two children, David and Debra.

Ruth was a homemaker her entire life and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and working in her flower garden.  She and Wiley traveled over several states where they planned, arranging, and hosting square dance events for over 30 years.

She is survived by her husband; son, David (Melinda) Hutchinson of Lovilia; and daughter, Debra (Cory) House of Ottumwa.  Also, nine grandchildren:  Dustin (Karrie) Hutchinson, Ken Hutchinson, Jess (Alana) Hutchinson, Austin Hutchinson(Sarah Kahler), Tyler Crall (Jessica Brady), Josie (Brock) Davis, Cody House, Kaylee House, and Makenna House.  She also leaves 6 great grandchildren and a brother, Vernon (Becky) DeTar.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. , Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Pastor Roger Henry officiating.  Burial will follow the services at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 with the family present from 5-8 p.m. at Tharp’s.

May she rest in peace.

Monroe County Democrat Scholarship Fundraiser

Democrats had a spaghetti supper and dessert auction Sunday, Feb. 19th at the Albia Christian Church fellowship hall.  Attending from Lovilia were Meg Kasper and Susan Beary.  Martha Viner, former postmaster in Lovilia, was elected to the chairmanship of the Democratic central committee.  Around $1000 was raised for scholarships for graduates from Albia and Eddyville.  Guests came from Ottumwa, Knoxville, Centerville, and Des Moines.  Three potential governor candidates spoke as well as the Democratic leader of the Iowa house.

New Buxton Book

My brother presented me with a copy autographed by the author and I have enjoyed looking through it.  The book is mostly pictures and quotes from former residents.  I was tickled to find quotes from Lovilia residents who you will remember.  Some quotes were from Nellie King, Sister Maureen Sofranko, Earl Smith, and Charles Lenger.

Jim Keegel, who currently owns the Buxton land site, is quoted  and his photo is in the book too.

The book is called “Lost Buxton” by Rachelle Chase and is available at the Book Vault store on the west side of the square in Oskaloosa.  It is a fun trip to the past to thumb through its pages.  It is a 2017 publication.

Kathryn Ballalatak died Feb. 15, 2017

February 16th, 2017

Kathryn, age 100, died at Monroe County Hospital in Albia.

She was born on July 23, 1916 to Edmond and Margaret (Kelly) Welsh in Weller, Iowa.  Joe Ballalatak and Kathryn were united in marriage at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia, Iowa on Feb. 16, 1942.  They were blessed with four sons:  Bill, Larry, Dean, and Gary.  Joe passed away in October 1982.

Kathryn was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia and the church’s Altar and Rosary Society.  She enjoyed cooking and baking and playing cards.  Family time and time with grandchildren was special to her.

She is survived by her sons: Bill (Betty) Ballalatak of Grimes; Dean (Vicki) Ballalatak of Lovilia; Gary (Karen) Ballalatak of Lovilia; daughter-in-law, Joyce Ballalatak of Marshalltown, Iowa.  Also, nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren are left to cherish her memory.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, son Larry, and brothers Bill Welsh and Edward Welsh, and infant Wilford Welsh.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.  Father Mark Yates will be officiating and assisted by Deacon Ed Kamerick.  Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lovilia.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017, It will open at 1 p.m. and family will be present from 5-7 p.m. at Sinnott Funeral Home, Gilbert Chapel in Lovilia.  Wake service will be at 6 p,m.

Memorials may be directed to the family wishes.

May she rest in peace.

New Book Published on Buxton

February 6th, 2017

We have an opportunity to meet the author, Rachelle Chase, and see the new book called, “Lost Buxon”.  She will be at the book store, Book Vault, on the west side of the Oskaloosa square on Saturday, Feb. 18th.  At 1 p.m. she will give a presentation about her new book and you can ask questions and even have her sign your copy if you buy one.  That is one of the fun things about going to meet the authors at Book Vault.  Also, snacks will be served.

Since the historical marker for Buxton is in Lovilia at Gibson Park beside Highway 5, Buxton holds special interest to Lovilia folks. Hope some of you will take advantage of this great oportunity to learn more.  I hope to see you there!

Geraldine Ann Grimes Died January 24, 2017

January 25th, 2017

Geraldine, age 87, died Jan. 24th at the Monroe Care Center in Albia.

She was born July 28, 1929 in Weller, Iowa to William Martin and Mary Ann (Bingaman) Flahive.  She was a Lovilia High School graduate with the class of 1947.   On October 2, 1948 Geraldine married Paul Robert Grimes at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia. They were blessed with four children:  Darlene, Jeff, Beverly, and Mark.  They shared 52 years of marriage before his death in 2001.

Geraldine was a homemaker and store clerk.  She was a member of St.Peter’s Church and the Altar and Rosary Society there.  Pastimes she enjoyed were dancing, card playing, crocheting, gardening, and watching Hawkeye basketball.  She was well known as an excellent cook.

She is survived by her children:  Jeffrey (Mary) Grimes of Lovilia; Beverly (Scott) Selby of Colorado Springs; and Mark (Sally) Grimes of Marysville, Iowa.  There are also 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are five sisters and one brother:  Mary Theresa Grimes of Albia; Marjoire (Edward) Martin of Cave Creek, AZ; Florence (Donald) Welch of Winterset, IA; Catherine (Jack) Thomas of San Marcos, CA; Delores Littlejohn of West Des Moines; and Jim (Diane) Flahive of Albia.

Preceding in death were her husband; daughter ,Darlene; parents; brothers: Edward, William, John; and sisters:  Madeline, Jo Ann, and Bernice.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia, with Father Michael E. Volkmer and Father Mark Yates officiating.  Burial will follow services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in albia

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia. Her family will be present from 4-8 p.m.  A rosary will be led by St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society at 4 pm. and a wake service will be held at 6 p.m.

Memorials may be designated to either Monroe Care Center in Albia or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

May she rest in peace.

Jack Champlain Wade Died

January 11th, 2017

Jack, age 70, died Jan. 5, 2017.  He raised livestock and farmed in the Melrose area.  His sisters are:  Sandra Wade of Lovilia, Crystal Stansberry of Oskaloosa, Arlene Riesser of Walcott, and Tamie Watson of Albia .  He also has one brother of Melrose, James Wade.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Celebration of his Live will be 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on January 16, Monday at the Lovilia Community Building with his family present.  As per his wishes the body was cremated and a private family burial will be at a later date.  A memorial has been established to the family.

May he rest in peace.

Dayton Kendall Died January 7, 2017

Services are pending at Tharp’s Funeral Home of Albia.  Many will remember him as the owner and manager of the Albia Gambles Store for several years with his wife Linda.  He also played in the country western band called Larry Johnson and the Roadrunners in the local area for 30 years or more.  He and Linda have many relatives and friends in the Lovilia area.

Alice “Coleen” Lenger Died January 8, 2017

She was Born Sept. 12, 1939 to Orland and Alice (Howard ) Sterner in Mahaska Country.  She graduated from Bussey High School with the class of 1957.  On June 20, 1959 she was married to Dan Lenger at St. Peter’s Church in Lovilia, Iowa.  They were blessed with six children:  Timmy, Denise, Ann, Mary, Danny and Jim.  Coleen and Dan shared 52 years of marriage until his death in 2011.

She was a farm wife and she worked 28 years for Mahaska Bottling Company in Oskaloosa.  Coleen was an active member of St. Peter’s Church and Altar and Rosary Society.  She considered the church ladies as dear friends and she also enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, traveling with Dan, and family time.

Coleen is survived by her children:  Denise Fisher of Lovilia, Ann McCloud of Albia, Mary (Pat) Wynn of Albia, Danny Lenger of Newton, and Jim Lenger of Anamosa, Iowa.  She also has many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also her sister Karen and her brother, John.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son Timmy and a sister, Linda.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Albia.  Father Mark Yates and Father Michael Volkmer will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Albia.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia with family present from 3-8 p.m.  At 4 p.m. a rosary will be led by St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society.

Memorials have been established to HCI Hospice, St. Mary’s Cemetery, or St. Peter’s Altar and Rosary Society.

May she rest in peace.

Barbara Gillette  of Ames Dies

She was born in Lovilia on May 9, 1928 to Robert and Catherine (Carr) Ross. Her parents moved to Milwaukee, Wis. where she attended school and graduated from the Mercy High School in the 1946 class.

She worked as a medical technician at Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee and then at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Barbara met her husband at Purdue and they were married in West Lafayette. They later moved to Ames, Iowa.  She was an active volunteer in her community and her church, St. Cecilia Catholic Church, in Ames.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Pat;sister, Bridget; brother, Daniel; and brother, Tim.

Barbara died Dec. 1, 2016 in Ames and burial was in Ames Municipal Cemetery.  May she rest in peace.  For those who may not know, her mother Catherine along with Eleanora Sofranko wrote the Lovilia History Book and the St. Peter’s Catholic Church history book.