Archive for October, 2016

Lorraine J. Comstock Dies

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Lorraine died at age 88 on October 15, 2016 at Oakwood Specialty Care in Albia, Iowa. She was born on May 19, 1928 in Burlington, Iowa to Francis and Dora (Thorne) Tice.

Robert Comstock and Lorraine were married on  September 17, 1944 in Grinnell, Iowa.  She liked square dancing, chicken on Sundays, music, card games, crossword puzzles, family gatherings, and was welcoming to strangers.

Their marriage was blessed with thirteen children.  Children surviving her are:  Barbara Comstock of Lovilia; Mary (Dave) Roberts of Victor, Iowa; John Comstock of Albia, Iowa; Jeff (Pam) Comstock of Lovilia, Iowa; Jean (Patrick) Giroux of Palmetto, Florida; Marla (Rick) Clement of Natural Bridge, New York; and Milo (Annette) Comstock of Lovilia, Iowa.  Preceding her in death were:  Sgt. Robert James Comstock, Jerry Wayne Comstock, Joey D. Comstock, Michael Comstock, Kathy Evans, and Dennis Comstock.

She is also survived by two siblings and many grand and great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, six siblings, three grandchildren, and one great grand daughter.

Funeral services were Oct. 19, 2016 at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia, Iowa with Pastor Jeff Comstock officiating.  Burial was at Chester Cemetery, north of Grinnell, Iowa.  Memorials may be directed to the family.  May she rest in peace.

Oct. 22, Saturday, Clean out Your Medicine Cabinet Safely

Unused or expired medicine may be taken to the Monroe County Law Center, 114 19th Ave. West, Albia, Iowa on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. (This new center is on hwy 5 just south of the AY McDonald’s factory)  This is sponsored by Monroe Co. Sheriff dept. and the Albia police dept.  This is a chance to dispose of these medicines safely away from children, pets, etc.

Lovilia Blood Drive, Monday, Oct. 24

Blood donations may be made from 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Lovilia Community Building.  You must bring a photo ID with you to donate.  New donors are welcome.  Previous donors arrive at their assigned appointment time.  You never know when you may need blood for an accident, surgery, or illness.  So join the donors and help us have blood ready for everyone when it is needed.

United Methodist Church of Lovilia Kid’s Club

Kid’s club is held from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.  on Wednesdays at the church. Included are snacks, a craft, a lesson, and videos. The club will be meeting on Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov.9, and Nov. 16.  All children are welcome from Kindergarten age – 8th grade.

Halloween Party Oct 29, Saturday

Noon-2p.m.  infant-first grade: $3 per child, adult must accompany the child

2-4p.m. second grade-fifth grade:  $3 per child

5-7 p.m. sixth grade-eighth grade: $4 if no costume, $3 entry if in costume

8-11 p.m. ninth-12th grade:  $5 if no costume, $3 entry if in costume

Party will be at the Lovilia Community Building.  If you have a question, call party planner, Jessica Manser : 641-218-0156.  Parties will include costume contests, photo taking of costumed kids, crafts, games, and dancing.

If you want to paint or decorate a pumpkin (NO Carving) you can bring it to the building between 9-11 a.m. Those who bring a pumpkin get $1 taken off their entry fee to the party.  Judging will be on different age levels:1-5, 6-12, 13-16, and 17+ ages.

Lovilia Trick or Treat Night

The city council has designated trick or treat night to be Oct. 31, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.  If you are handing out treats, turn on your porch light and the little goblins will find you.  Boo!



Steve “Tank” Lee Smith Dies

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Steve “Tank” Lee Smith, age 63, of rural Lovilia, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at the Monroe County Hospital emergency room.  Steve was born in Albia, Iowa to Elwood Oliver and Josie (Godfrey) Smith on January 30, 1953.

Tank married Vickie Burk on November 5, 1977 at the Knoxville Open Bible Church. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Jason and Melissa.

He worked as a school bus driver. His interests included hunting, fishing, animals, trucks, and collecting many types of things.

Surviving him are his wife, Vickie; son, Jason (Chelsea) Smith; daughter, Melissa (Archie) Little; six grandchildren:  Kevin Little, Rebecca Little, Hannah Smith, Ryan Little,  Titus Smith, and Corban Smith, all of rural Lovilia.

Also he has a sister, Ida Mae Hidlebaugh of Redfield, Iowa and a brother, Michael “Spook” Smith of Lovilia.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and one brother, Oliver Smith.

A Celebration of Life Potluck will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Lovilia Community Building from 4-8 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the family.  Online condolences may be left for the family at  May he rest in peace.

St Peter’s Picnic Results

The parish was grateful to all the people who joined us for the dinner.  The home cooked meal was served to 230 guests.

Following the meal was an auction and ended with having a small child draw out raffle ticket winners.  Winners of the raffle were $500 Marc Wynn of Lovilia, $200 Daniel Beary of Lovilia, $100 Mike Kearney of Newton, Iowa; $100 Sharon O’Donnell of Curlew, Iowa (who donated the winnings back to the parish); $50 Dionne Tyrell, mother of Angie Welsh of Lovilia;  and $50 Steve Reed, Oskaloosa, Iowa.  Congrats to all!

Old Hardware Building on Main Street Collapses

Most recently this building across from city hall was the recording studio/music lesson building of John Bain. John, still the owner, moved his music business to the Lovilia school building.  Before this it was the DeLong screen printing business which was a branch of the Grinnell business and it closed down.

Most people remember  it as a hardware store: purchased in 1960 by Slofkoskys (Mike & Velma), and last sold as a hardware store in 1973 to Charles Godfrey’s.

Wed. Oct.5, 2016 the roof suddenly collapsed and the weight pushed down the north wall of the building to the street below.  Fortunately, no one was nearby or injured.  The motion, noise, etc. set off the Bussey Bank burglar alarms across the street.  Lathrop construction is cleaning up the site after just recently doing the same  to the old drug store.

Only one two story building remains in the business district, the Soul Barn, which years ago was Miner’s Hardware.  The times they are a changing and so is Lovilia’s main street.

Lovilia 1903 Drug Store is Demolished

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

This building sat on the west side of Main Street (E Avenue north) corner with 17th street.  The most recent owners were Ken and Brenda Chilton. It was set up for Ken to repair motorcycles but has been in disuse for quite some time.  The second floor windows were missing and the bricks were no longer held by mortar but by habit.  The city deemed the building unfit and a safety hazard and sought out grant money to demolish it.  Dean Lathrop’s company got the bid and had the building down just a few short days before the Sept. 10th Lovilia Fall Festival.  They hauled away all the debris, filled in the basement, smoothed the lot and planted grass which is now up and looks like a well started lawn.

The Bremen to Lovilia 125 years history book written by Eleanora Sofranko and Catherine Ross gives us the history of the building.  Check it out yourself on page 33, 35 , and 36.  John J. Carr farmed in Guilford Township of Monroe County, Iowa ( the Hiteman  and Georgetown area).  A crippling hip injury pushed him to find a new career.  John entered school, Highland Park College of Pharmacy, and graduated in 1899. After graduating, he came to Lovilia and worked at a drug store where the current Lovilia post office stands.  Then he left his boss, Ivor Williams, and bought out the drugstore across the street owned by Charlie Bissell.

In 1902 he moved the Bissell building to the area north of the fire station on the north side of 17th street.  Then he proceeded to build the two story brick building which was just torn down as stated above.  In the history book is a picture of the store as it appeared in 1903.

What was on the second floor?  At the beginning of the movie theater business, a man named Carl Parker arrived in Lovilia from Wisconsin.  It was 1914 and he named the theater above the drug store His Happy Hour theater. Movies were shown two nights per week. Parker made extra earnings by showing his movies at the Rex 5 and Maple mining camps on other nights of the week.  Ken Hetherington loaded the hand operated projector with  reel 1.  When it was time to change reels, men and boys went out side for a smoke.  A player piano accompanied the silent movies.  Movie goers climbed the outside iron stairway to enter the theater.

Page 132 shows a photo of a Halloween Costume Party held above Carr’s drug.  The upstairs was also called Carr’s Opera House. Lovilia band played there and dances and plays were held there.

Carr was joined by a jeweler in his building. He worked with five different ones.  The last one named Kennedy joined Carr and moved their business to the current bank building in 1939.  Mr. Carr died in 1941.

He was the father of Joe Carr, Geraldine Carr Crumley, and Catherine Carr Ross.

A bit of history ends.

Pete Souply House Torn Down

This old house on back street (F avenue south) had been recently only used for storage by the owner, Bob Thomas, who lives next door.  He then built a new two door garage on the adjacent lot.

September 10, Lovilia Fall Festival

Celebration went off without a hitch.  Nice number of entries in the 1pm parade. Car show had eight entries and viewers picked their favorite for  a people’s choice award.  Bill and Connie Barnes donated the choice award plaque.

The bags tournament  drew seventeen teams to compete. The winning team took home 1/2 the entry money.

There were also kid games, vendors, food served at the community building, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and firemen waterfights.

Stage entertainment had toes tapping from 2pm -8:30pm on the stage in front of the community building.  One hundred T-shirts were sold this year  and those worn as well as the design from last year showed Lovilia pride.

The date is the same as the Iowa/Iowa football game.  The committee decided after evaluating the festival we would change the date for the fall festival next year to Sept. 30, 2017 to avoid this conflict.  Hope to see you all there!  Thanks to all who came to celebrate Lovilia roots.

Darwin “Peanuts” Gordon Dies

Darwin, age 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at Westridge Care center in Knoxville.  He was born in Pershing, Iowa to Edward and Ruth(Zimmerman) Gordon on October 21, 1924.

Darwin was married to Bonnie L. Potts on January 16, 1949 in Albia, Iowa. They were blessed with four children:  Dianne, Rick, Pam, and Ardie.

He was a veteran of World War II where he received seven medals including the Purple Heart.  His jobs included running Lovilia Dairy Creme, a Skelly Gas Station, co-owned White Oak Coal Mine, and selling cars. He once did a trade involving a monkey.

His church membership was with Community Baptist Church in Bussey.   Darwin was a Mason and an American Legion member.  In his younger days he liked hunting trips to Wyoming, pheasant hunting, and fishing.  He especially enjoyed time with the children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Dianne Cardenzana of Olathe, Kansas; son,Rick Gordon of Knoxville, Iowa;daughter, Pam (Mark) Kurimski of Lovilia; and son, Ardie (Lynn) Gordon of Waterloo, Iowa. Also, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.  One brother, Gerald Gordon of Farmington, NM; sister-in-law, Mary Gordon of Omaha, NE; brother-in-law, Mark Walker of Norwalk; and many friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents and siblings: Ruth Lucas, Eddy Gordon, Dr. Marvin Gordon, David Gordon, and Beverly Walker.

Funeral services were held Sept. 17, 2016 at the Community Baptist Church in Bussey.  Burial with military rites by the American Legion of Albia, Lovilia, and Melrose at Woodlawn cemetery of Loviia followed.  Memorials may be made to Welcome Home Soldier Monument or Lovilia Community Betterment. May he rest in peace.

Wilma Etcher Dies

Wilma, age 91, of rural Lovilia, died Sept. 18, 2016 at Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa, Iowa.

She was born May 4, 1925 in Ottumwa to Arthur and Abbie (Goff) Peterson.  Wilma received her education at Eddyville, Iowa and graduated with the class of 1942.  March 7, 1943 she married Albert Guy Etcher.  They shared 57 years of marriage.  They were blessed with six children:  Don, Dale, Jerilyn, Mary, Carol, and Jean.

Wilma was a member of the Independent Bible Church in Bussey and helped the Ladies Aid Group.  She was a talented seamstress  which included making: over 300 quilts, 150 dresses for Africa, and in one winter she made 50 afghans.  Wilma also enjoyed time with family, reading, and scrapbooking.

She is survived by her children:  Don(Barbara)Etcher of Lovilia; Dale (Jeanne) Etcher of Indianola, Iowa; Jerilyn Hall of Ottumwa, Iowa;Mary (Don)Hines of Montezuma, Iowa; Carol (Ray) Ryon of Ottumwa, Iowa; and Jean (Tim)Mercer of Fairfield, Iowa. She also leaves 25 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, and 19 great great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband; a grandson, Jeff Ballard; a brother, Maurice Peterson, and two son-in-laws, Kenny Chidester and Tom Hall.

Funeral services were held Sept. 21, 2016 at Independent Bible Church in Bussey, Iowa.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia.  Memorials may be made to Independent Bible Church in Bussey, Iowa or Christianburg United Methodist Church. May she rest in peace.

Richard ” Rick” Lee Franzen Dies

Rick, age 63, of Lovilia, died on September 22, 2016 at his home in Lovilia.  He was born on November 13, 1952 in Albia, Iowa to Harold and Madelon (Gladson) Franzen.

He graduated from Albia High School with the class of 1970.  Rick married Mary Louise Campbell and they were blessed with two daughters, Victoria and Angela. Rick and Mary later divorced.

Rick was a truck driver and drove for DJ Franzen trucking until his retirement in 2005.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic church, Lovilia. He enjoyed cars, golfing, trips to Florida, and time spent with family.

Rick is survived by his daughter, Victoria (Aron)Elder of Runnells, Iowa; daughter, Angela Gilson of Altoona, Iowa; grandson, Tyler Elder; grandson, Trevor Elder; granddaughter, Ela Gilson; granddaughter, Mya Gilson; brother, Denny (Linda)Franzen of Altoona, Iowa;  sister-in-law, Nancy Franzen; significant other, Doris Little; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hal Franzen; and his ex wife.

A celebration of life mass was held Sept. 26, 2016 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.  Memorials may be directed to the Lovilia Community Building.  Burial of cremains will be a family service at a later date.  May he rest in peace.

Oct. 9, 2016, Sunday,  St.Peter’s Catholic Church Picnic

Mass is 10:30am followed by dinner 11am-1pm. There will be a country store and auction too. Everyone is welcome to come and join in.