Archive for April, 2013

Frances Iola Waters Dies April 22, 2013

Monday, April 29th, 2013

She lived her whole life at Lovilia.  She was born July 25, 1918 to Frank and  Maggie (Wilson) Barnes.  Frances married Harold Waters on October 2, 1934 and they shared 60 years together before Harold died in 1994.

Two sons, Kenneth and Keith, died in infancy.  Living to adulthood were six children.  Iola and John who have died in recent years.   Carol (Mrs. DeWayne )Allison, Phyllis (Mrs. Tom) Dunkin live in Lovilia. Gene (Mrs. Marge)Waters live in Muscatine, and Mark (Mrs. Joyce) Waters reside in Des Moines.

Her family has 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren.

Frances  and Harold were well known in the community for owning and operating Waters Grocery during  many years of their marriage.

She cherished family time and in later years hosted morning coffee for them and friends at her home.  She was a devoted member of United Methodist Church of Lovilia and served it in many ways including singing.  She also sang many years with the Sweet Adelines.  Her political party was the Republicans and she was an active participant.

Frances died at age 94 at the Monroe County Hospital.

Celebrant for the funeral was Rev. Randy Beary with services at the Lovilia United Methodist Church.  Her nieces, Pam Selby, Loita Williams, and Christy Newman, were the vocalists.  They are the daughters of Frances’ brother Bill Barnes and his wife Norma.   Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lovilia, Iowa.

Memorials were designated to the Loviia United Methodist Church or Lovilia Community Building.  May she rest in eternal peace.


Worker’s Memorial Day April 28

Twenty persons met to walk in Lovilia in honor of this day established in 1989 on this day for the passage of the OSHA law to try to create safety on the job.

Walkers walked in a loop from the Community Building to St. Peter’s Catholic church and turned to F Ave. and north to car wash and turned to community building once more.

There candles were lighted.  Susan Beary spoke of the history of the memorial and named the local persons who have died at work lest we forget them and those who have contracted occupational diseases from work hazards.  She challenged everyone to continue to fight for safe work sites for all workers in the world.

May 4, Saturday, Lovilia All City Yard Sale Day

Come stroll the town for bargains. There will be sales at many homes and the Methodist Church ladies will host a sale in their church basement on E Avenue.  The St. Peter’s women will host a bake sale on E Avenue just across the street from the post office. Most sales begin at 8am.

Come join the fun of spring outdoor shopping Lovilia style!!

St. Peter’s Mass Time Change

Beginning May 5th, Sunday at 8:30 a. m. will be the mass time through the summer months and September.   No mass on Saturday in the summer in Lovilia.



April 8, 2013 Community Betterment Meeting

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The committee applied for a Monroe County Iowa Community Foundation grant and will receive $3000 to be used for building maintenance. The roof has already been repaired. Now the painting will be done including the large room and the hallway.

A new sign for the front of the building is hoped to be in place by the all school reunion on June 9th, Sunday. They hope to include a lion’s head and the purple and gold colors to reflect the schools mascot and colors.

The committee members plan to have the Comm. building unlocked for memorial day weekend so visitors to the cemeteries can come use the restroom and have a cup of coffee.

Once painting is done, new gutters will be purchased and placed on the building.

A defibrillator was given by the city to the Community building to use if a visitor needed resuscitated. This is greatly appreciated.

Judy Johnson will be asked to talk withthe insurance company to review more than one companys prices and coverage and report back to the group. The committee wants to be sure the building is adequately insured in case of serious damage. The premium for one year currently is $769 dollars.

The committee was asked to serve a meal for the all school reunion on June 9th and agreed to do so. Goldie Kraber is chairman. Menu will be pulled pork or beef burger, potato salad, cookies and beverage (coffee, iced tea, or water). A price of $5 per meal will be charged. Meal will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. Approximately 225 guests are expected at the reunion.

Everyone is looking forward to seeing old friends and classmates.


St. Peter’s April 13, 2013 Celebration

To celebrate two children receiving their first communion today, a potluck supper was held at the church hall with all sharing homecooked delicious food.  The women’s A&R group furnished a decorated cake for the special occasion.  The two children honored are Rylee Dunkin of Bussey and Landyn Roland of Lovilia.

Next week the parish will nominate new members for the parish council.

Two students, Cole Kurimski and Hunter McAninch, are collecting pop cans and sold raffle tickets to help pay their way to the national Catholic youth meeting to be held next November. Thanks to all who bought tickets and brought cans.  Catholic youth from all churches in Monroe County are working on this project.  Local raffle winners were Jerry Wynn who won the quilt donated by Cleone Cap and Brad Stalzer won a White Buffalo Pizza and Pop certificate.

St. Peter’s A & R women will be holding a Bake Sale on May 4th, Saturday

This is the Lovilia all city yard sale day.  They will set up in front of Leon Chamberlain’s workshop just across from the post office.  Sale will begin at 8 a.m.  Stop by for a treat while you are shopping the yard sales.


April 17th Lightning damaged the Landfill electronics at HWY T-17.  The scales, computers, etc. and they will be working hard today to get things all in working order.  We have had well over 5 inches of rain in around 24 hours and creeks are over Hwy 5 north of Hamilton and Twin Cedars school was closed and I understand Chariton’s too.  Even though creeks and rivers were low from last year’s drought this much water so fast made for flash flooding. It is spring in Iowa!

April 17th United Methodist Chicken Noodle supper

The dinner was well attended and the food was excellent.  Workers were busy serving, fixing take out meals, and cleaning tables.  Guests were there from Albia and the surrounding area. Lots of good visiting was done.

April 28th Sunday,Worker’s Memorial Day

Join us and walk and attend our short memorial service that evening at Lovilia Comm. Building starting at 6:45 p.m.  If you have questions, call Susan Beary 641-946-7952.