Archive for February, 2017

Ruth Elizabeth Hutchinson dies

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Ruth, age 81, of Lovilia died February 16, 2017 at her home.

Ruth was born on December 13, 1935 to William Bill” and Jessie (Bettis) De Tar in Albia, Iowa. She was educated in Albia and graduated with the high school class of 1953.  Wiley Hutchinson and Ruth were united in marriage on October 30, 1954 and shared 62 years of marriage.  They were blessed with two children, David and Debra.

Ruth was a homemaker her entire life and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and working in her flower garden.  She and Wiley traveled over several states where they planned, arranging, and hosting square dance events for over 30 years.

She is survived by her husband; son, David (Melinda) Hutchinson of Lovilia; and daughter, Debra (Cory) House of Ottumwa.  Also, nine grandchildren:  Dustin (Karrie) Hutchinson, Ken Hutchinson, Jess (Alana) Hutchinson, Austin Hutchinson(Sarah Kahler), Tyler Crall (Jessica Brady), Josie (Brock) Davis, Cody House, Kaylee House, and Makenna House.  She also leaves 6 great grandchildren and a brother, Vernon (Becky) DeTar.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. , Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Pastor Roger Henry officiating.  Burial will follow the services at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 with the family present from 5-8 p.m. at Tharp’s.

May she rest in peace.

Monroe County Democrat Scholarship Fundraiser

Democrats had a spaghetti supper and dessert auction Sunday, Feb. 19th at the Albia Christian Church fellowship hall.  Attending from Lovilia were Meg Kasper and Susan Beary.  Martha Viner, former postmaster in Lovilia, was elected to the chairmanship of the Democratic central committee.  Around $1000 was raised for scholarships for graduates from Albia and Eddyville.  Guests came from Ottumwa, Knoxville, Centerville, and Des Moines.  Three potential governor candidates spoke as well as the Democratic leader of the Iowa house.

New Buxton Book

My brother presented me with a copy autographed by the author and I have enjoyed looking through it.  The book is mostly pictures and quotes from former residents.  I was tickled to find quotes from Lovilia residents who you will remember.  Some quotes were from Nellie King, Sister Maureen Sofranko, Earl Smith, and Charles Lenger.

Jim Keegel, who currently owns the Buxton land site, is quoted  and his photo is in the book too.

The book is called “Lost Buxton” by Rachelle Chase and is available at the Book Vault store on the west side of the square in Oskaloosa.  It is a fun trip to the past to thumb through its pages.  It is a 2017 publication.

Kathryn Ballalatak died Feb. 15, 2017

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Kathryn, age 100, died at Monroe County Hospital in Albia.

She was born on July 23, 1916 to Edmond and Margaret (Kelly) Welsh in Weller, Iowa.  Joe Ballalatak and Kathryn were united in marriage at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia, Iowa on Feb. 16, 1942.  They were blessed with four sons:  Bill, Larry, Dean, and Gary.  Joe passed away in October 1982.

Kathryn was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia and the church’s Altar and Rosary Society.  She enjoyed cooking and baking and playing cards.  Family time and time with grandchildren was special to her.

She is survived by her sons: Bill (Betty) Ballalatak of Grimes; Dean (Vicki) Ballalatak of Lovilia; Gary (Karen) Ballalatak of Lovilia; daughter-in-law, Joyce Ballalatak of Marshalltown, Iowa.  Also, nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren are left to cherish her memory.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, son Larry, and brothers Bill Welsh and Edward Welsh, and infant Wilford Welsh.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.  Father Mark Yates will be officiating and assisted by Deacon Ed Kamerick.  Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lovilia.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017, It will open at 1 p.m. and family will be present from 5-7 p.m. at Sinnott Funeral Home, Gilbert Chapel in Lovilia.  Wake service will be at 6 p,m.

Memorials may be directed to the family wishes.

May she rest in peace.

New Book Published on Buxton

Monday, February 6th, 2017

We have an opportunity to meet the author, Rachelle Chase, and see the new book called, “Lost Buxon”.  She will be at the book store, Book Vault, on the west side of the Oskaloosa square on Saturday, Feb. 18th.  At 1 p.m. she will give a presentation about her new book and you can ask questions and even have her sign your copy if you buy one.  That is one of the fun things about going to meet the authors at Book Vault.  Also, snacks will be served.

Since the historical marker for Buxton is in Lovilia at Gibson Park beside Highway 5, Buxton holds special interest to Lovilia folks. Hope some of you will take advantage of this great oportunity to learn more.  I hope to see you there!