Archive for April, 2011

Community Building Receives Over $2000 Donation

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Sandra Showers of rural Lovilia attended the St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary meeting at Albia when they were choosing which non-profit groups to give the money they raise doing a weekly luncheon during Lent.  She requested that funds be given to Lovilia Community Building to fund updates to the building.  The committee chose Lovilia as one of the two groups to donate to this 2011 Lenten season.

We want to thank Sandra for taking her time to make this request for Lovilia and for thinking of our needs.  The check has been received by treasurer Fred Kraber and was written for $2,122.46.

We also want to thank St. Mary’s for their generosity to the local community.  The food is donated and the labor is donated at these luncheons.  So thanks to all those donors and workers !!

Lovilia Obituaries

Rita Christine Kurimski

Rita lived in Waukee, Iowa but grew up in rural Lovilia.  She died April 7, 2011 from Fronto-temporal dementia.

She was born Jan. 17, 1957 to Steve and Barb (Crall) Kurmiski.  She graduated from Albia H. S. class of 1975 and graduated from DMACC with an accounting degree.

Her brothers and families live in rural Lovilia, Mark and Bernard Kurimski.  Her sister Marla and family live in Runnells.

Funeral was at St. Peter’s church in Lovilia and burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lovilia.

Richard Paul Pierce

Richard died April 8, 2011 at Monroe County Hospital.  He was born May31,1964 in Centerville.  His parents were Richard Keith and Neta (Allen) Pierce.  He had a career as a union millwright.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Pierce of Lovilia and a daughter, Ricci, of Cincinnati.  He has a brother Brian of Pella.

Funeral was at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, Iowa with burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Cincinnati, Iowa.  A memorial has bee established to the family.

David Cecil Hunt

David died April 15, 2011 at his home in Lovilia.  He was born to Lloyd and Emma (Berto) Hunt on August 19, 1932.

He married Judy Self and they had four children:  Kevin, Lori, Brian, and Brad.  They later divorced and his companion was Sandy Wade of Lovilia.

He ran Hunt Auto in Lovilia for many years. Dave did mechanical work and sold motorcycles and chain saws.  He was a member of Lovilia Fire Dept. for a time.

Lori and Brad and families live in Lovilia. Memorials have been designated to Lovilia Commuinity building and Lovilia Fire Dept. and First Responders.

Funreral services were at Winfield’s and burial at Gosport Cemetery in Marion County with military rites.

Teddy Carl Visser

He died April22, 2011 at Monroe Care Center in Albia.  He was born to Carl and Ella Mae (Clark) Visser near Lovilia on January 8, 1930.  He grew up and was educated in Lovilia and later served in the Air Force.

He married Alice Colleen Clipperton June3, 1951.  He was a member of Lovilia United Methodist Church.  He had a long career as a truck driver and served several years on the Lovilia city council.

His son Larry of Lovilia survives and five grandchildren.  Preceding him in death was an infant son and his daughter Chris.  Three of the grandchildren live in Lovilia:  James Toopes, John Toopes, and Karrie Hutchinson.

Our condolences to all these families and to the departed we wish them peace.

Student Updates

Albia high school academic team tournament in April.  A junior team member was Aaron Kurimski of Lovilia. (Parents:  Bernard and Helen Kurimski)

This year two Lovilia area students Aaron Kurimski and Mikayla Vandenberg earned state FFA degrees which is FFA’s highest honor.  Aaron had beef and swine production and helped his brother with a lawn care business.  Mikayla (daughter of Russ and Becky) worked in lawn care and at Hyvee.

Jewel Whicker shined in music performance this spring.  She had a one rating in vocal solo and a one rating with another student in a duet.  She also earned a one rating playing in a brass choir.

2011 senior babe Ruth team includes Kile Overmyer and Hunter Hastings who have Lovilia family roots.

Albia high track team includes Caleb Maughan and Logan Williams with Lovilia roots.

Tennis team at Albia high includes Lauren Williams  and Mikayla Vandenberg with Lovilia roots.

Congratulation to you all for getting out there and giving to your team and learning for yourselves.

Wedding in June

Heather Kurimski (parents Bernard and Helen of rural Lovilia) will marry Sean Balzer of California on June 11, 2011.  She is an elementary teacher in DesMoines and he is a computer tech for Apple in West DesMoines.  Best wishes to you both!

Art Award

Juana (Jane) Plum formerly of Lovilia received an honorable mention for her water color in Knoxville’s recent Art Show.  Congratulations Juana!

Woodlawn Cemetery Web Site Update

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Stephen Stewart wrote this week:

I have upgraded the Woodlawn Cemetery pages to be a unique domain.  You may now reach it at:

I am now digitizing all of the birth, marriage, and death notices from The Lovilia Press, and have 653 obituaries on the Woodlawn site to date.  The Press ran from 1907 to the late 1950’s so I would still like to hear from folks with obituarys from before and after those dates.

Thanks. Signed Steve Stewart

His email address is:

This is a great service he is providing for family and community history buffs. Thanks again, Steve

Four Long Time Lovilia Residents Have Died

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Joan Loncarich

Joan, age 85, died March 7, 2011. She was born Oct. 7, 1925 to Reuben and Minnie Lemmons.  She married Tony Loncarich in 1943 and they spent most of their married lives in Lovilia.  Tony died last year.  She had been a secretary and a homemaker.  She has two brothers in Lovilia, Don and Jack.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia.

Joshua Lee Wuebker

Josh, age 29, died March 11, 2011.  He was born Aug. 20, 1981 to Kevin and Roxane (Richmond) Wuebker.  He was raised in Lovilia and educated here and then graduated from Iowa State University in 2005.  He had a degree in Agriculture studies.  In 2007 Josh and Emily Harris were married.  They were blessed with two daughters, Graecie and Bailey.  The couple later divorced.

Josh was a Lovilia Fire and Rescue Dept. member, St. Peter’s Church member, and an avid Iowa State fan.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia.

Mary Wells

Mary Jane Wells, age 96, died March 27, 2011.  At the time of her passing she was no doubt Lovilia’s oldest resident.  She was born Sept. 7, 1914 in Truax, Iowa to Elmer and Elizabeth (Amsberry) Slay.  The family later moved and Mary graduated from Lovilia High School in 1932.

In 1936 she married W. Keith Wells and shared their lives 57 years when Keith died.  She had one daughter, Kae, of Lovilia and one son, Jimmie, of Lovilia.  She had worked over the years at Amsberry Grocery, Tierney’s Restaurant, and the Dairy Creme which were all Lovilia businesses.

A private family burial was held at Union Chapel Cemetery in Monroe County.

George F. Gilbert

George died April 1, 2011.  He was born July 23, 1934 to George S. and Frances Essex Gilbert at Grinnell, Iowa.  He graduated from New Sharon High School and the Cincinnati College of Embalming.  George served in the United States Army in Korea.

In 1955 he married Bonnie Gilliland of Oskaloosa.  They lived in Ohio and Grinnell, Iowa before putting down roots in Lovilia in 1961.  George owned and operated Gilbert Funeral Homes in Albia, Lovilia and Bussey before retiring.  For the first 27 years in Lovilia he also operated Gilbert Ambulance service.

George and Bonnie had three children who all have homes in Lovilia.  They are Mike, Pat, and Angie. They have nine grandchildren.

The funeral is April 5th at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia and burial at Lovilia Woodlawn Cemetery.  Military rites by the American Legion Post of Albia and attendance and path of flags by the Patriot Guard Riders.

George besides his business in Lovilia had served the town for a time as its mayor.

We hold these Lovilian’s in our memories and extend our prayers and sympathy to the families.

Local Wrestlers Honored

Albia’s High School’s most decorated wrestling team ever was the 1985 team.  They were recently honored this year when the current Albia team won the conference championship for the first time since the 1985 team’s success.

Two of those men make Lovilia their home.  Ken Ross and Scott Hugen are lifetime residents.  Congratulations on the honor and your hard work to achieve it.  Ken has been active with ball teams in Lovilia and Scott is a current city councilman.

Lovilia Community Betterment Receives Grant

We received word that the Iowa Community Foundation would give us $3000.  This money will be used to strip clean the floors and seal them in all areas of the community building.  It will also be used to replace damaged ceiling tiles that had suffered water damage.  Any remaining funds could be used to purchase tables and chairs that needed replaced.

Community Betterment has also applied for KCCI mainstreet funds.  If they win funding it would be used to upgrade Gibson Park on the north entrance to town on highway 5.

The next meeting of the committee will be April 18 at 6:30pm at the community building in Lovilia.   Guests are welcome to come and consider joining the committee to work on projects to sustain our community.

Jewel Whicker and MacKenzie Wynn Academic Honors

Each year there is a South Central Conference Honor banquet to honor the top five percent of high school seniors from each conference school.  For Albia, that meant five students were there to receive their certificates. Jewel Whicker lives here with her family.  MacKenzie’s dad is David Wynn and her grandparents are Jerry and Camilla Wynn of Lovilia.   Well done girls!  We wish you all the best in your future education and careers.

Ted Church,M.D. Returns to Lovilia

Dr. Church and his wife Jeannie (Beary) have returned to live in rural Lovilia after some time away in Wyoming.  Dr. Church will be in practice at Monroe County Hospital and Medical clinic.  He is a board certified family practitioner and is accepting new patients.   Welcome back Ted and Jeannie!!

Archery Shoots at Lake Miami

If you want to participate, or be a spectator this is fun action right here at home.  The shoots are sponsored by Bluff Creek Archery store in Albia.

Dates are May 28-29 40 targets

June 25-26 40 Targets

July 23-24 40 targets

August 13-14 40 Targets and popups

To learn more call 641-932-2422 or 641-932-8140 or 641-799-8562.

Go out to Lake Miami for the sun, the water, and the action!!