Archive for March, 2016

Robert Frank Durbala Dies

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Robert was the first child of Frank Alexander and Margaret Catherine (Bins) Durbala.  He grew up on the family farm near Lovilia and graduated from Lovilia schools.

April 19, 1950 he married Suzanne Alma Grundman in Newton. They had three daughters and one son.  He worked over 39 years at Maytag in Newton where he retired in 1985.  He was an electrician and after retirement built a country home on ten acres which he enjoyed caring for.

He died Tuesday, March 14, 2016 at age 87 at Skiff Memorial Hospital in Newton.

Surviving are his wife, son Michael Paul(Sandy) Durbala of Hills; daughter Anne Marie Bonawits of Naples, Florida; daughter Mary Lynn Durbala of Baxter, and daughter Catherine Sue (Ken) Curell of Boone.

He also leaves 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two sisters: Jean Hollinrake of Weller and Patricia Baldus of Ames.

Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Margaret Fisher, brother Thomas and brother Marion, and one great-grandchild, Tanner Titus.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 19th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton, Iowa.  Visitation with family will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton.

Memorials may be directed to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Newton.

May he rest in peace.

Evelyn Lucille Dunkin Dies

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Evelyn died in Knoxville at the age of 92 at Westridge Speciality Care on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Her parents, Andy and Bertha (Warren) Henderson welcomed her birth November 21, 1923.  She attended school in Lovilia and graduated with the high school class of 1941.  She raised her family on the farm and worked at Water’s Grocery Store in Lovilia.  Later she managed the Pine Knolls Country Club Kitchen in Knoxville and still later worked at Bingley Sell Barn Cafe.

She enjoyed gardening and going to casinos.  She was very proud of her five generations.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Beverly Hugen of Lovilia, Wendell (Linda) Dunkin of Des Moines, Katherine Thomas of Bussey, Lowell Dunkin of Des Moines. Also surviving is Lee Thompson of Knoxville who was her significant other for 44 years.  Also three generations of grandchildren survive her.  Also, her siblings:  Maxine Chance of Albia, Paul (Jean) Henderson of Ottumwa, and Joe (Joan) Henderson of Newton survive.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and brothers, Bob and Ern Henderson.

Celebration of Life Services were held March 9, 2016 at the Lovilia United Methodist Church and visitation was for an hour before the services.

Memorials may be directed to the family.  Services entrusted with Sinnott Funeral Home, Gilbert Chapel of Lovilia.


Jane Ann Ballalatak Dies

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Jane was born on February 27, 1943 to Michael Edwin and Juanita Louise Chamberlain Ballalatak in Albia, Iowa.  She died on her birthday, February 27, 2016.

Jane attended and graduated from Lovilia schools with the class of 1961.  She worked many years at Monroe Plastics and later at VA Hospital in Knoxville until retirement.  She made her home in Lovilia.

Her enjoyments were sewing, traveling, and making quilts.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.

Jane Ann is survived by her siblings: Dennis (Karen) Ballalatak of Albia, Jeanette (Thomas) Evans of Oskaloosa, Jim (Deb) Ballalatak of rural Albia, and Donna (Don) Zoutte of Knoxville.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kevin and Jerry.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Sinnott Funeral Gilbert Chapel in Lovilia with pastor Rick Smith officiating.  Burial will follow services in OakView Cemetery in Albia.  A funeral luncheon will be served following burial at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, opening to the public at 1:00 p.m. and family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Sinnott Funeral Home Gilbert Chapel in Lovilia.

Memorials may be directed to the Lovilia Community Building.

May she rest in peace.