Archive for September, 2012

Lovilia St. Peter’s Annual Dinner is October 14, Sunday

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

We decided several months ago to move the dinner away from the heat of July to the cool day of a fall Sunday for the comfort of our guests and our workers. We hope you will like the change and join us for the food and fun.

Raffle prizes are $500 cash, $300 cash, $200 cash, and five prizes of $100 cash. Tickets are $2.50 each for a chance to win the cash prizes. You can buy tickets that day at the church hall or in advance from any church member.

We have a beautiful hand quilted quilt donated by Sharon Stoffer, a church member from Bussey. It is blue and white and will fit a full or queen sized bed. There will be a silent auction bidding for it. So write down your offer and see if you can buy this beautiful artwork.

The women will have a country market from 10am-1pm. Items for sale will be homemade noodles made by the St. Peter’s women, baked goods, jam, jelly, flower and vegetable seeds, etc. Come and purchase your favorite treat.

Dinner menu is roast beef, ham, homemade noodles, green beans, pasta salad, coleslaw, rolls and pies and other mouth watering desserts. Dinner tickets are $8 each for adults, $4 for children aged 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.

Dinner is served from 11am-1pm.

Mass is at 10:30am.

Country Market from 10am-1pm

Auction at 1pm

Raffle drawings at Auction’s end.

Danny Warren Bunch died Sept. 10, 2012

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Danny is the son of George and Barbara (Baird) Bunch who are former Lovilia residents and who now reside in Albia, Iowa.

Danny, age 49, passed away at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1963 in Albia. He went to elementary school in Lovilia and later at Smith Warren in Ottumwa. He graduated in 1984 from Albia High School. His interests were NASCAR and computers.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Lynda(Jeff) Niffenegger of Urbandale and her two children.

Services are Sat., Sept.15, 2012 at Tharp Funeral Home, Albia, Iowa. No visitation is planned. Burial to follow at Woodlawn in Lovilia, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. or Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside.

May he rest in peace.

 Writers featured in the Hospice of Monroe County Newsletter Have Lovilia Ties

Rose Conner, widow of Ron Conner, wrote of their experience with hospice while Ron lived and died with bone cancer.  It is a well written and compassionate piece about Ron and hospice care.  Ron was the step son of Viola Conner which many of you will remember.  And many of you went to school with Ron.

Kim Murph, registered nurse with hospice and licensed massage therapist, writes of all the benefits of massage to patients.  This includes pain relief, preventing bed sores, improving circulation, and improving patient comfort in many ways.

Kim is the daughter of the late Bill Slofkosky and of Donna Gass Slofkosky Shelford of Lovilia.

30th Wedding Anniversary for Bob and Loita Williams

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Bob and Loita were married on Sept. 25, 30 years ago (1982). The wedding was at the Methodist Church in Albia, Iowa. Pam Barnes (Selby), her sister, was maid of honor and Randy Beary, Bob’s cousin ( son of Larry and Joan Beary), was best man.

They have lived on main street at 1104 South E Avenue for many years. This house was originally Frank and Maggie Barnes’ home ( Loita’s grandparents). They have worked steadily to refurbish the property and it is in excellent condition.

Their marriage has been blessed with three children: Sadie, Katie, and Christian. Sadie is married to a high school sweetheart from Twin Cedars school, William Dykstra. They have two children.

We wish you many more happy years together Bob and Loita!

Theme Park for Everyone Including Disabled and Wheelchair Occupants Now Open in San Antonio, Texas

Gordon Hartman has a daughter with mental and physical disabilities and decided with his skills as a home builder and friends in the skilled trades to build an all inclusive park that would be wheel chair accessible.

The theme park is named Morgan’s Wonderland.  There is a carousal that allows people in wheelchairs to float up and down like those riding the carousal horses.  There is a sensory free village for those who can not tolerate bright lights and loud noises.  There is a wheelchair accessible sandbox.  A train ride which is completely wheelchair accessible travels almost a mile around the park’s lake for the fun of the visitors.

The park is free to those with disabilities so no one is excluded due to cost.  Admission for adults who accompany a disabled person is $15,  $10 for children, and $10 for seniors and military members.

The park opened in April 2010.  One boy in a wheel chair said his favorite thing at the park was the swings which wheel chairs can use.  He said it was the first time he could swing like other kids and it meant so much to him to experience that.

To learn hours of park use or make a donation go to

Please pass the word about this exciting opportunity for anyone you know who could enjoy this chance to ride the rides and play for a day!


St Peter’s Catholic Church Annual Picnic to Be  Oct. 14th

Mark your calendar for the yummy homemade luncheon, auction,  raffles, and country store.  Even some games and fun in the plan too.  A beautiful blue and white quilt pieced by Sharon Stoffer, one of our members from Bussey, will be sold in a silent auction that day.  The quilt was hand quilted by the quilting ladies in Ottumwa St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  Sharon generously donated the quilt to the fundraiser.