Archive for November, 2010

Write your Servicemen and Women

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This is a good time to write a note of support and thanks to our troops.  Let them know they are not forgotten during the holidays and we are thinking and praying for their safety and efforts to bring about the end of the fighting and harm to local peoples.

I am printing the names of local servicemen and women so you can write them and have them in your thoughts and prayers.  If you know of others to add to this list please call me at 946-7952 for Susan Beary.  If not home, leave the address on my answering machine.

We want to welcome home Andy Chilton who recently completed his service time.  He is doing some construction work and also works at the south end tavern with his mother Brenda.

James Gordon is the grandson of Bonnie and Darwin Gordon.  He is currently in Iraq with the Army.

James D. Gordon

A. Co.3-15IN BN

APO AE 09396

Luke Conner has been in the service for 11 years.  While in Europe he married a Polish girl, Magda.  As a mechanic for the Air Force he has been deployed every year for part of the year until this year. He is currently stationed in Italy. He is the son of Bill and Deb Conner.

Luke Conner

PSC 103

Box 4817

APO AE 09603

Patrick Gilbert (Mike) and his wife Stephanie are currently in Mississippi but will leave in mid December for Spain for six months.  That will be followed by time in Wash., D.C. He is the son of Pat and Teresa Gilbert.

Be sure to mail this one this week to reach him before he heads to Spain.

Patrick and Stephanie Gilbert

2066 Appelway Court

Gulfport, Mississippi 39501

Tony Hood had spent a tour in Korea but is currently back and in Oklahoma. He is Susan Chance’s son.

Tony Hood

1311 SW Monroe Avenue

Lawton, Oklahoma 73501

The Life and Times of Mary Chamberlain

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

John and Rose Ballalatak were blessed with a baby girl they named Mary.  At the time her father was working at the Buxton coal mine and later he labored at Rex 4 mine.  The one room school Mary attended was called Dry Ridge school. She and her siblings did not go to high school because her parents saw no need for it and there were no school buses at that time to transport students in rural areas to school.

She was baptized and grew up a member of St. Peter’s Catholic church in Lovilia.  She was courted by Guy Chamberlain, a non Catholic.  He joined the church and then they were married at St. Peters in 1939.  The best man was Mary’s brother, Mike.  The maid of honor was Mary’s sister, Helen.  They were blessed with three sons, Gerald, Doyle and Leon.  All of whom still live in Lovilia.

They lived on a farm in the dry ridge area and Guy also worked at Maytag several years and some years on construction.  He even helped build the mile long bridge on highway 14 north of Knoxville.

Mary not only did the homemaker and mother’s work she was a helping hand in the farm work.  She gardened and canned produce.  She milked cows, raised chickens, ran the tractor, and bottle fed many calves and lambs and even a goat.  She remembers the goat caused a stir one day by getting on the school bus with the children!

During WWII Guy did not go to the service as he was farming and farmers were needed to feed the country and the troops.  Mary’s brother, Frank served and was wounded in action with a shot through his hip.  While recovering at a hospital in California,  he was walking across a street and was hit and killed by a passing car.  Tragic news for the family here at home.

Mary feels people should volunteer in their community and do it willingly.  She has followed her own advice and helped at church, Community Building fundraisers, hospice, and Oskaloosa Share food program to name a few.

Asked about her feelings when the changes came in the Catholic church in the 1960s with Vatican II,  she said she was happy mass went from Latin to English so everyone could understand and participate in the worship service.

Mary’s longest standing job was when she spent 30 years as the coordinator for the meals at the Lovilia Community Building every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Her work began there in 1980 and ended this year due to health problems that forced her to retire.

Mary says she is a “people person”.  That is an understatement.  She loves to meet and greet people.  She and her son Doyle raise tomatoes and sell to the public and she enjoys visiting with her customers.

( This is the first of several life stories of Lovilia vintage citizens.  If they will tell their stories,  Mary was reluctant to talk as she did  not think anyone would be interested in her ordinary life.  But it is Lovilia history we need to preserve about our citizens who love and serve our community.)

United Methodist church of Lovilia Hosts Free Thanksgiving meal Wednesay November 17th

At least 150 people shared a tasty turkey with all the trimmings meal at Lovilia community building.  Those serving and cooking were welcoming and helpful to all.  One surprise guest was Dennis Keeton and his wife from North Carolina.  They were visiting his mother Edith Keeton Blomgren.  Everyone welcomed them and chatted with them.  Dennis is retired from a career as a nurse anesthetist in the military.  He and his wife have two daughters who also live in Carolina.  Dennis graduated in 1971 from Albia high school and attended grade school at Lovilia.  We hope they will return soon.

Runner in the Family

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Blaise Robus Winegardner of Pleasant Hill, Iowa is the eleven year old son of Doug and Susie Winegardner.  He likes to run on the track and in cross country.

Last year in fourth grade he ran the mile in six minutes 30 seconds.  This year in fifth grade he ran the mile in five minutes 45 seconds and in the cross country race at 6 minutes 20 seconds.  He has beaten his elementary school record the last two years.  All of the competition is with 4,5,6, and 7th graders.  He attends Delaware Public School in Altoona, Iowa.  He also is an avid golfer, and plays baseball and basketball.

His grandparents are Bob and Sandy Winegardner of Knoxville, Iowa and Kenny and Pam Robus of Eddyville.  Great-grandmothers are Norma Gaass and Jeanette Robus of Pella, and the late Ann Funk of Lovilia.

Blaise has three brothers, Cory ,  Brock, and Brandon as well as a sister Becca.

You have been blessed with a talent.  We wish you many successful years of running in competition.

Fred and Goldie Kraber Have a New Granddaughter

Gladys, their youngest daughter , and her husband have three sons.  They have just welcomed a new baby girl.  Her name is Andrea Marie.  Both mother and baby are doing well.  Congratulations to you all as you welcome this bundle of joy.

Les Stevens Dies

Les was a member of the graduating class of 1952 at Lovilia.  He was an athlete active in track and high jump. He married the local girl, Peachy Owens.  They had been making their home in Santa Maria, California. We extend our sympathy and prayers to his friends and relatives.

Lovilia Volunteer at I MOM

Susan Beary was a volunteer dental hygienest at the free dental clinic held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 5th and 6th.  Susan worked Saturday from 1-5:30pm.  She  cleaned teeth and did oral cancer screenings on six patients. Two teen boys, two college students, one young mom who spoke no English, and a 56 year old woman.  They all were very appreciative of the free care.  This is the third year for I MOM.  It is held in a different city each year.  Two hundred dentists, and 800 volunteers hygienists, dental assistants, lab techs, supply company reps, and church and youth volunteers help the patients in the clinic.  Many wait in line 12 hours or more in hopes of being seen.  Patients are seen on a first come first served basis.  It is a very good service for persons unable to afford dental care.

November 11 is Veteran’s Day

Say thanks to any veteran you see to day or call and thank one.  Fly your flag today in their honor.  We owe all our freedoms to them and their sacrifices.

Janice Romanco Bailey Dies Oct. 30,2010

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Jan was born on September 10, 1945 to Mary and Frank Romanco in Lovilia, Iowa.  She attended Lovilia school and then graduated in 1963 from Albia High School.  She was a long time employee of the U. S. Postal Service and retired in 2001.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband Ronald Bailey. She is survived by her son Craig Jensen, his wife, and grandson, Carter.  Also, brother Tom Romanco and sister Dolores Huyler. Duane Griffith was a special friend.

Visitation will be at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel in Des Moines from 6pm-8pm Wednesday, November 3.  Graveside services will be held at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lovilia at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 4.   Donations may be made to the Greenwood Elementary Arts and Technology in her memory.

Our prayers are offered for her family and friends and for Janice.  May she rest in peace.