Archive for March, 2014

Sandra Lee Chamberlain Dies March 11, 2014

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Sandra, age 61, of Lovilia was the daughter of Thomas and Eldora (Klug)Ryan. She was born on June 14, 1952.  She was a graduate of Albia Community High School.

She and Leon Chamberlain were married February 20, 1971 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.  They had two sons, Russ and Tom.

Sandra had worked in medical records at Veterans Hospital in Knoxville.

She is survived by her husband, sons, mother, and four sisters:  Diane Love of Ankeny, Iowa, Sharon Cunningham of Albia, Deborah Felton of Albia, and Pam Owens of Lovilia.  She is the grandmother of eight and great grandmother of five.


May she rest in peace.

Funeral services were at Sinnott Pierschbacher Funeral home of Lovilia and burial was at Osborn Cemetery, Lovilia, Iowa. A  memorial has been established for the Osborn Cemetery.


Indian Hills Community College Honor Roll

Edward L. Parcel and Katie Williams of Lovilia were on the honor roll for the winter term.  To be so honored the student must be a full time student and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  Congratulations on you achievement.


Joe Hollinrake Honored by IRWA

Joe and his wife Jean live near Weller on a farm.  He has been on the board of the Rathbun Rural Water Association since its inception and the board brought to fruition the water treatment plant which was completed and selling water in 1977.  Joe has been board chairman for many years but intends to retire this year from the board.  He served altogether 42 years on the board and was chairman for 20 of those years.  Through his efforts to improve the life of rural Iowans he has raised the quality of thousands of southern Iowans lives.  You are to be commended for your years of faithful service to your community.  May you enjoy your retirement from the board.

Catherine Kurimski’s Special Birthday

Catherine was born March 16th 90 years ago.  If you would like to help her celebrate, her family invites you to join their card shower for her.  Cards may be mailed to her at 1248 555th Avenue, Lovilia, Iowa 50150.  Congratulations and have a enjoyable special day!


Merrill Leroy Baker Died Mar.7, 2014

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Merrill,age 83, died from mesothelioma.

His parents were Vern and Pearl (Barnhill) Baker. He was born in rural Lovilia on August 15, 1930.  He graduated with the Lovilia class of 1948.  Merrill joined the US Army during the Korean conflict and served from 1951-1954.

Following the service, Merrill worked for Maytag in Newton,Iowa from 1955-1985 when he retired.  Then he ran his own construction company.

Merrill married Helen Corrick on June 19, 1954.  They were blessed with five children, Kevin, Jolinda, Kim, Jeff, and Brian.

He was involved in many community service activities.  For many years he donated his time to Lovilia Babe Ruth.  Recently he was very involved with the Welcome Home Soldier Memorial.

Merrill is survived by his wife, his five children, and ten grandchildren.  He is also survived by three sisters, Norma Barnes, Gayle Hastings, Lola Ivins, and one brother, Don Baker.

Funeral services will be Wed., Mar 12 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Albia, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. Private family burial at Woodlawn cemetery in Lovilia will be at a later date.

Visitation at Tharp Funeral Home, Albia will be Tues., Mar. 11 at noon-8 p.m.  Family will be present 4:30 -8 p.m.

Memorials to Welcome Home Soldier or to Lovilia United Methodist Church have been established. May he rest in peace.


Philip A. “Nonny” Papich Died March 8,2014

He was born Nov.16, 1929 and raised in Lovilia and Albia.  He served in the U.S. Army 1946-1950 where he was trained in radar mechanics.  His career was mostly with military aircrafts in the USA and overseas.

He is survived by one son, Bruce and wife of Colorado and one grandson, Shane also of Colorado.  Also surviving is his sister Francine Gansman of Chandler, ID.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Stephana Papich Larson.

Mass of Christian burial will be Thurs, Mar.13 at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Albia at 10:30 p.m.  Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Albia.

Visitation will be Wed. Mar. 12 from 2-8 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home. Rosary at 4:30 and wake at 5 p.m.  Family present 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials are to St. Mary’s church or the American Legion of Albia. May he rest in peace.


Belated report: Dorothy Anne Papich Crum Died Oct. 10, 2013

Dorothy was the daughter of Stanley Charles Papich and Catherine Jakovich Papich.  Most of you remember that Stank and Katie  owned Papich grocery store in the Lovilia south end.

Dorothy graduated from Ottumwa Heights Academy and Marycrest College.  She worked for the Iowa Dept. of Public Health and as an English teacher. She married Don Crum and shared over 50 years of marriage.  They lived more than 40 years in Iowa City, Iowa  and were active in many community services.

Dorothy is survived by her son Donald of Rock Island Ill, and her daughter Poppy Anne Carrie Crum of San Francisco, Cal.  She has one grandchild, Hanna Vance-Crum of Iowa City. Also surviving is her brother, Stanley D. Papich of Bloomington, N.Y.

May she rest in peace.


Janis Aldridge Named Comm. 1st Credit Union Albia Branch Manager

Janis has worked at the credit union for four years.  She has a bachelor of arts degree in business management from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Janis lives in Lovilia with her husband Jeremy and three sons, Jeremy, Devon and Aiden.

Congratulations on the promotion and best wishes.

New Director of South Central Iowa Solid Waste Commission

Rick Hurt has moved here from Nebraska to take over duties here at the landfill.   To learn more about the landfill and it’s services go to

Mark your calendars so you will not miss this day. Oct. 18, 2014, Saturday.  This will be the day for the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.  It will be held in Albia for all Monroe County residents.  Time will be announced later.

Sport Blurbs

Sydney Weldon, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Doug Weldon, and granddaughter of Bill and Betty Weldon has signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Des Moines Area Communtity College.  She was an all state softball player for Albia Comm. High School.

Monroe County Little League’s President this year is Mike Haywood (son of Doran and Jane Haywood of Lovilia) and umpire in chief is Kelly Romanco (son of Tom and Donna Romanco of Lovilia)

Albia Comm. High School wrestling squad made it to state tournament this year.  One of the team managers was Cheyenne See, daughter of Todd See and granddaughter of Jean See.

Jer McAninch, son of Kirk and Susan and grandson of Jerry and Camilla Wynn, was on the seventh grade basketball team at Albia that had a 23-1 record.  The coach was Farrington, son of Roberta Farrington of Lovilia.

Albia H. S. Boys basketball head to the state tournament.  Tanner Wynn, grandson of Jerry and Camilla Wynn is a strong member of the team.  Luke and Ryan Sarver, grandsons of Joe and Wanda Flahive, are both part of this winning team.  Good luck at state. Also on the team is Lee Curran, grandson of Jim and Shirley Beary.

4-H News

Lisa Etcher: ag. pin and outstanding ag. records award.

Logan Hatfield:  horticulture and gardening pin and outstanding award.

Valerie Beary and Joe Beary beef pins and Joe also outstanding beef record award

Valerie Beary and Lisa Etcher :  clothing pin award and Valerie Beary outstanding clothing record award

Marty Beary:  outstanding senior member award

Lisa Keeton:  leader award. she is a leader of the Bluff Creek Progressives