Mitzi Karen Pettyjohn dies June 15, 2017

Mitzi, age 78, of Marysville, Iowa died under the care of Hospice of Pella with her family by her side.

She was born June 28, 1938 in Ada, Minnesota to Paul and Lyla (Bulson) Wallace.  Mitzi was a graduate of Lovilia High School.  On May 5, 1956 she married Clifford “Harp” Pettyjohn.  They were blessed with five Children.  Delbert, Doreen, Donald, Karen, and Mark.

Mitzi played softball for Marysville, was a girl scout leader for many years, served on Marysville City Council, and Twin Cedar Booster Club. She loved her church family at Crossroads Gospel Church in Attica.  Her homemade bread was famous and she was a sports fan especially for Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings.

She is survived by her husband; son, Delbert Pettyjohn of Marysville; daughter, Doreen Pettyjohn and Don Carter of Flagler; son, Donald (Debbie) of Marysville; daughter,Karen (Gary) Ballalatak of Lovilia; son, Mark (Wendy) Pettyjohn of Marysville; and one sister; Paulette (David) Carlson of Bussey.  She also has 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Arlene, and granddaughter Christina Pettyjohn.

Mitzi’s body was cremated per her wishes. A graveside service was held Sunday, June 18, 2017 in Marysville Cemetery with Pastor Leo Freel officiating.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Pella or the Marysille Cemetery.

May she rest in peace.

Catherine Julia Beary died July 1, 2017

Catherine, age 96, died July 1, 2017 at Homestead Assisted Living in Albia under the care of HCI Hospice.  She was born September 4, 1920 to Mike and Julia (Navin) Knowles.

Catherine and Martin Leo Beary were married September 25,1941 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Iowa.  The lived on a farm west of Lovilia together for 51 years until Leo died in 1993.  They were blessed with six children: Jim, Don, Marge, Mary Kay, Rita, and Gene.

She graduated with the class of 1938 from Melrose High School and then received her teaching certificate from William Penn College. She taught for three years at Jack Oak country school east of Melrose before she married.  When her children were raised, she worked as a substitute teacher for over 25 years in Albia and Twin Cedars school districts.

Catherine was a devout Catholic and served in Weller and later Albia in Altar and Rosary Society.  She was a 4-H leader and on the county 4-H committee and was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.  She was a member of the Monroe Country Retired Teachers Association.  She was a skilled cook and seamstress.

She was proud of her family and her favorite slogan was “We do the best we can, and if we could do any better, we would”.

Surviving are five children:  Jim (Shirley) of Lovilia, Don (Mary) of Lenexa, Kansas, Marge (Gene) Waters of Muscatine, Mary Kay (Mike)Lampe of West Point, and Gene (Shelly) of Lovilia.  Also son-in-law Gary Kalmes of Glen Allen, Virginia and eighteen grandchildren and 41 great great grandchildren, grandson-in-law Rich Purkey, and sister-in-law Lois Knowles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter Rita,granddaughter Elizabeth Purkey, great grandson Zachary Beary, sister Mary Mahoney, brother John Knowles, and brother Pat Knowles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia with Fr. Michael E. Volkmer, CPPS and Fr. Mark Yates CPPS officiating.  Burial will follow services in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Albia.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 1-8 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia with family present throughout.  A Rosary will be led at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake will be held at 7 p.m.

May she rest in peace.

Yard Sale Earned Funds for Fall Festival

July 1st the Fall Festival committee held a yard sale at the Conner garage on hwy 5.   Shoppers purchased enough to make over $400 for the coming up festival this year on Saturday Sept. 23rd. (This is one week earlier than originally planned due to a conflict with Albia School Homecoming.) So note the new date on your calendar.

You can also donate your redemption can and bottle money for the festival at Jim and Charlies grocery in Albia by telling them to put it in the Lovilia Festival account.

Thanks for supporting the festival and mark your calendar, Sept. 23, Saturday.

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