John Joseph Johnson died March 27, 2015

March 30th, 2015

John, age 73, died after a seven and a half year battle with leukemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He was born Sept. 5, 1941 in Iowa City to Ernest D. and Isabelle Herman Johnson of Lovilia, Iowa.  John went to Lovilia schools and graduated from Lovilia High School.  In school he met Judith Ann Sickler whom he married on August 5, 1962 at the Lovilia United Methodist Church. He was a lifelong church member there.

John’s dad was a hardworking coal miner, but after only one trip to the coal pit, John sought to make a living some other way.  He became an insurance man and built up his own agency where he worked for 42 years successfully.

John always believed in service to his community.  He was an original member of the Lovilia Community Betterment Committee in 1976 and one of the five men who signed the loan so Lovilia could finance and build the Lovilia Community Building.  He also served many years on the Lovilia Fire Dept.

When the family and the insurance agency moved to Albia, John helped with Albia Victorian Stroll, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary.  He especially wanted to help improve Albia parks.  He enjoyed nature as a fisherman, hunter, and gardener.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judi and daughters Tammy, Terri and son, Anthony.

Tammy (Mark) McMains of Oskaloosa has a son John W. and two grandchildren.  Terri (Curtis) Krupp of Rockwall, Texas has four children: Victoria, Alexander, Phoebe, and Ella and one grandson.  Anthony and his son, Leo, reside in Polk City, Iowa.

Also survivng is John’s brother, Jerry, of Hamilton, Iowa.

John was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Lowell, William, Dallas, and sister, Doris.

Visitation is Friday April 3rd at Sinnott-Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Albia.  Opens to visitors at 1 pm. and family will be present 5-8 p.m.

The  visiting will continue at the United Methodist Church from noon -2 p.m. Saturday, April 4th. Services begin at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia.

Memorials may be made to Albia Rotary for city parks improvement, Lovilia United Methodist Church or Lovilia Community Betterment.

May he rest in peace.




Randalls Have a New Baby Girl

March 18th, 2015

Zackary Randall and Tiffany Stansberry Randall have a new baby girl. She has been given the name, Zacklyn Hope Randall.  That makes three beautiful girls  for Zack and Tiff. Zack is Lovilia’s fire chief also.  They live on F Avenue in Lovilia. Best wishes for you as you welcome this little blessing to your family.

New Clerk at Lovilia Post Office

Sarah Lang is now at Lovilia as her regular job. Sue who was here is now at Bussey post office as her regular position. Both ladies are happy with the arrangements. Welcome Sarah!!

She and her husband, Justin, and daughter, Ava, live on E Avenue South in Lovilia.  Sarah is the daughter of David and Linda Kraber and the granddaughter of Marilyn Kraber all of Lovilia. Rural route carrier will continue to be Nancy Runquist.

Two Local Natives Pictured on Front Page of Catholic Messenger Newspaper

Laura Hollinrake, daughter of Joe and Jean Hollinrake of Weller, was in the photo with John Popson.  John was formerly from rural Monroe County too and is married to Martha Plum , daughter of deceased Mr. and Mrs. Harlon Plum.

Both were working in the photo on a Habitat for Humanity home. Both are now residents of Knoxville and are members of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church there.

Laura is director of religious education at the church as well as chairman of the social action committee. Also a member of the church is the Habitat affiliate’s community outreach director, Beth Adamcik.  Beth asked St. Anthony’s for help and Laura and John answered the call along with others.  Other parishes help too including Melcher and Pella Catholic churches.

I am sure they could always use more help. If interested, call Habitat for Humanity 641-828-8844 in Knoxville. Everyone is welcome. Any one can volunteer from any church or no church membership.

Easter Services in Lovilia

St. Peter’s Catholic church mass will be Sunday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m.  Guests are welcome.

Lovilia All City Yard Sales Set for May 2, Saturday

Susan and David Beary will have a yard sale at there house a 1201 E Avenue South from 8 a.m. until 1pm and from noon until pm what remains will be sold for 1/2 price.  Proceeds will be divided and 1/2 will go to Helping Hands in Albia and 1/2 to St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.  No clothes.  All household, antiques, 20″ girl’s bike, books, etc. Come shop!

If you are planning a sale for that day or any day, contact us here at under the water tower and we will post it here, no charge.

Bake Sale by St. Peter’s women May 2, Saturday

8 a.m. until sold out. will be selling at Susan and David Beary’s house at 1201 E Avenue South .(four houses south of the Lovilia school building)


Delbert Hastings dies, age 83

February 18th, 2015

Delbert Hastings, 83, of Norway, Iowa died Jan. 21, 2015.  He was born March 7, 1931 to Robert and Deanie Smith Hastings at Eddyville, Iowa.  He and his younger brothers, Harold and John, grew up on a farm near Lovilia.  He graduated from Lovilia School with the class of 1949.

Delbert served for two years in the US Army during the Korean conflict.  After the service, he earned a degree at Simpson College.  June 3, 1956 he married Barbara Malloy.  They moved to Norway, Iowa where he taught school for 35 years.

Delbert was also a talented carpenter.  He was a very active member of Norway United Methodist church.

His son, Jeffrey, and wife, Sue, have two children, Emily and Scott and they all live in Cleveland, Ohio.  His daughter, Julie, and husband, Mike Sankot, live in Walford, Iowa.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.  Funeral service were in Oskaloosa Jan. 26.  Burial was in Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa.  May he rest in Peace.


Joann Flahive Derby dies Feb. 14, 2015

Josephine Ann “Joann” Flahive Derby was born in Weller, Iowa to Bill and Mary Ann Bingaman Flahive Nov. 4, 1936.  She was educated in Lovilia, Iowa and graduated with the high school class of 1954.

On Jan. 12, 1957 she married Samuel L. Derby.  They were blessed with four children:  Rick, Randy, Sandy, and Shelly.  In turn she is blessed with nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, children, and grandchildren.  Also by six sisters: Mary Theresa, Marge, Geraldine, Florence, Catherine, and Delores, as well as one brother James.

Preceding her in death were her parents, sisters Madeline and Bernice, and brothers, Ed, Bill and John.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 am Thursday Feb. 19 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Albia , Iowa.  Private burial at a later date.

Visitation Wed., Feb. 18 at Tharp Funeral Home, Albia, Iowa 3pm-8pm with rosary at 4pm and wake at 5pm.

Memorials may be made to Exira Care Center at 409 South Carthage, Exira, Iowa 50076.  She was residing there at the time of her death, Feb. 14, 2015.  Joann was 78 years of age.  May she rest in peace.

Donna Jean Shelford Dies Sept. 18, 2015

January 15th, 2015

I t just came to my awareness that I failed to publish Donna’s obituary.  I apologize for the oversight. Here is the information below:

She was born in Monroe County to Loren and Florence (Bingaman) Gass on January 7, 1938.  Donna received her education in Lovilia schools and graduated with the Lovilia High School class of 1954.

Bill Slofkosky and Donna Jean were married in 1955.  They were blessed with five children:  Tom, Debbie, Bill,Diane,and Kim.

Bill died in 1977.  She later married Jack Shelford in 1981.  Jack also preceded her in death July 24, 2012.

Donna Jean was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church and St. Peters Altar and Rosary in Lovilia, Iowa.  She is remembered as a humble and spiritual woman.  Her special interests were flowers, feeding birds, and enjoying her pets.

She is survived by her children: Tom (Melissa) Slofkosky of Liberty, Mo.; Debbie Peterson and George Teno of Albia, Iowa; Bill Slofkosky of Lovilia; Diane (Bill) Murray of Iowa City, Iowa; and Kim Murphy of Albia, Iowa.  Donna leaves 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are her brother: Jim (Diane) Gass of Michigan; and step-son Greg (Holly)Shelford of Knoxville, Iowa and two step grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill, husband, Jack and three step children.

Celebration of life mass, officiated by F. Patrick Lumsden, was Sept. 22, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lovilia, Iowa.  Honorary pall bearers were Donna’s grandchildren.  Inurnment was at Weller cemetery, Weller, Iowa.  Memorials were established to either Monroe County Hospice or Weller Cemetery.

May she rest in peace.


Mary Chamberlain dies Dec. 27, 2014

January 7th, 2015

Mary Ann Chamberlain died Dec. 27, 2014.  She was 97 years old.  Her parents were Rose and John (Charlot) Ballalatak.  She was born in Cricket, Iowa in Mahaska County Oct. 10, 1917.

On Oct. 24, 1939 in Lovilia she married Guy Chamberlain.  They were blessed with three sons:  Gerald, Doyle, and Leon.  Mary and Guy farmed together until retirement.  Then Mary managed the Lovilia senior meal site for thirty-five years.

Mary was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.  She was a dedicated volunteer with St. Peter’s Altar and Rosary and held the office of treasurer for many years.

She enjoyed people and volunteered also for SHARE program and Hospice among others.  One of her joys was raising flowers and and a garden.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Guy, four brothers: John, Frank, Joe, Mike, and two sisters:  Ann Kraber, and Helen Woodward.  She is survived by her three sons, all of Lovilia, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral mass was De. 31, 2014 at St. Peter’s in Lovilia.  Burial was at Osborn Cemetery near Lovilia.  Memorials to Osborn Cemetery or Lovilia Community Building have been established.

May she rest in peace.


Joan B. Crall dies Jan. 2, 2015

Joan, age 73, died January 2, 2015 at the Hospice Comfort House in Pella.

She was born September 10, 1941 to Don and Bertine (Slykhuis) Deeringer in Knoxville, Iowa.

She received her education in Knoxville and graduated with the high school class of 1959. The following year on May 14, 1960 she was married to Billy C. Crall at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Knoxville.   They were blessed with three children:  Mary, JoAnn, and Bill.

Joan was a homemaker and helped Bill with farming. Later in the 1980’s she went to work at the Chicago Rivet Factory.

When younger she enjoyed league bowling.  Her creativity was shown in flower arranging, cooking, baking and sewing.  Joan generously donated food for church and other needs.  She was nurturing and especially enjoyed time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Debra Bennot; a brother, Bud Deeringer; and nephews: Jeff Shilling, Rick Sager, and Paul Sager; and two brother-in-laws: Jack and Pat Crall.

Joan is survived by her husband of Lovilia; her daughter Mary (Steve) Haagenson of Virginia Beach, Virginia; JoAnn (Steven) Reed of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Billy (Joy) Crall of Lovilia; nine grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and a brother, Bill Slykhuis; as well as two sisters: Donna Thornburg, and Kayi Shilling.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family has established a memorial to Pella Hospice in Joan’s name.

Mass of Christian burial was January 5, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Albia , Iowa.  Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Weller, Iowa.

May she rest in Peace.


St. Peter’s Potluck

Families will have a potluck supper after 5:30pm mass on Saturday January 17 at the rectory basement.  Altar and Rosary will furnish a variety of soups and beverages.  Please join us and bring an appetizer or a dessert.

Mass time has rotated to 5:30pm on Saturday nights for Jan., Feb., March, and April.

Snowbirds Alert!

Enjoy your sunshine. We are having an arctic blast with subzero temp. today in Lovilia and a windchill that will make your knees knock.  But I enjoy a warm cup of coffee and curl up with a blanket in my recliner with the dog and read when my chores are done. It is all good!  But I do enjoy the thought of you all walking on the beach in the warm sand and listening to the waves hit the beach!

New Recycling Managers

David and Susan Beary retired Dec.31, 2014 from the Monroe County recycling job.  The new managers are Mark and Cindy Gillespie of rural Albia.  If you have recycling questions, you can call their phone:  641-932-2047.

Dave and Susan want to thank all the faithful Lovilia recyclers who help save tons of resources from being wasted by being buried at the landfill and instead recycle them for further use.

If you don’t recycle yet, you can start anytime.  It is a free service provided through the Monroe County government. Place your items in the recycling trailer parked one block north of the post office. Each window is marked for you to sort the items, ie. glass, plastic, tin cans, newspaper, magazines, cardboard,  bags of shredded paper, and white paper/notebook paper(mixed paper).




Edith Marie Barnes dies Oct. 12, 2014

November 3rd, 2014

Born to Fred and Clara Ellen Clark on Oct. 24, 1915 in Buxton, Iowa.  The family later moved to a farm west of Lovilia and Edith walked to the one room school called Lemon. To attend high school she walked 3 1/2 miles to Lovilia  where she graduated in the class of 1933.  She had 6 brothers and three sisters.

Jan 12., 1935 Edith married James (Bud) Barnes.  Edith worked then at Harold Water’s grocery store in Lovilia and she and her husband owned and lived in the Park Hotel in Lovilia until it burned in 1945.

They moved to Albia and she worked as office manager of Monroe County Hospital until 1966.  In 1968 she was called to work at the new Albia nursing home as bookkeeper. Later she passed the exam to be an administrator of that home and did so until 1981 when she retired.

Edith was a 60 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, active member of Lovilia Betterment Committee, and very active worker in the United Methodist church of Lovilia.

Sheila (Phil) Lundstrom of Lovilia and Joe(Sharon) Barnes of Tajique, NM are her children.  Grandchildren are Gail, Tiffany Jo, Gary, James, and Derek.  She also has three great grandchildren.

Preceded in Death by her parents, husband, brothers:  Howard, Raymond, Purl, Eugene, Vincent, and Harry Clark; and sisters:  Ella Visser, Lois Walter, and Wilma Bryant.

Funeral services were at the Lovilia United Methodist church Oct. 18th and burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lovilia.

St. Peter’s Picnic Results

We served a total of 228 dinners.  Raffle winners were the following:  $5oo to Martha Robinson, $200 to Margaret Beakler, $100 to Norma Barnes, $100 (winner gave back to St. Peter’s), $50 Richard Plum, and $50 to Jerry Anderson.  Congrats to the winners. The church wishes to thank all who bought dinners, raffle tickets, and goods from the country store and the auction.  See you next year!

Oct.23,2014 Reconvened Democratic County Convention

Due to the unexpected death of Denny Ryan, a candidate for the board of supervisors in the Nov. 4th election, country delegates from the March convention met to choose a candidate to run in a special election in Dec.  Our local precinct is to be commended for having the best attendance of any county precinct.  Local delegates were Susan Beary, Margaret Kasper, Jane and Doran Haywood, James Elliot, Doyle Chamberlain, Sandra Showers and Robert Chance.  The only delegates unable to attend were Fred and Goldie Kraber who were helping their daughter, Gladys, little girl celebrate her fourth birthday.

Dien Judge was chosen to be the democratic candidate.  Republicans are to pick a candidate the first part of November.

Dangerous Items Thrown in Lovilia Recycling Trailer

Syringes used to give shots came tumbling out as workers unloaded the trailer.  This poses a serious health hazard to workers.  Workers could contract a disease from the needles if stuck and the needle had been from a patient with a disease like hepatitis c.  Never put syringes in recycling or the garbage can.  Go to the public health office and ask for a free sharps box to put your syringes in.  Public health obtained a grant for the purpose of supplying patients with sharps boxes at no charge.  Call them at 641-932-7191 to ask for one or get directions to their office in Albia.

There are windows on both sides of the Lovilia trailer for different types of items so check both sides and put your items in the right window.

Put no compact florescent (screw shaped bulbs) or also called CFL bulbs and no long florescent bulbs in recycling. These have hazardous items in them and should only be brought to the once a year hazardous waste collection day held in Albia in Oct.

Plastics like soda pop straws or any item that do not have a recycle triangle on them can not be recycled. The buyer has to know the plastic formula in each item before it can be used.  so look for the triangle with a number from 1-7 on it.  We can not take automotive fluid containers because it is hazardous materials: no antifreeze jugs, no oil jugs, brake fluid, etc.) no toxic cleaner jugs either like toilet boil cleaner of lysol.  If it says poison or hazardous on the label put it instead in the garbage.

No pesticide or herbicide containers can be recycled by us as it is hazardous too.

Cigarette cartons and packs are not recyclable as they are not a reusable form of paper.

No styrofoam marked triangle 6 can be recycled as there is no buyer for it. it must go in your home garbage.

Mixed paper does not mean all paper.  it is only for white letters or school notebook papers

Aerosol cans explode when baled and often have plastic and other components so they can not be recycled.

No aluminum foil or aluminum baking pans. no buyer for this.

We do not take plastic bags to recycle. Return them to the store you got them from to their bag barrel, such as Hyvee and Walmart.

Glass jars need the lids removed before recycling.  metal lids can be put in with tin cans. plastic lids can go in with plastics.

If you have any questions call Susan Beary 641-946-7952,

Oct. 31 Trick or treat

Plenty of Ninjas, princesses, and goblins abounded from 6-8pm.  As usual on E Ave. South (main st.) I ran out of candy somewhere between 50 and hundred kids later. some politely took one and some grabbed a handful and ran.  There are always one or two greedy ghouls!!

House Torn down

The home most recently lived in by Donnie Tucker who died some time ago, was bulldozed down this week.  Trees downed too but not yet removed.  This is the property that is on the corner of F Avenue and 16th Street. It was just south of the former Gas N Go station/store.

Iris bloom on Halloween

How could this happen?  I don’t know but there were no iris blooms in the usual time period in the month of May. Then last week buds appeared and two beautiful, perfect white blooms appeared and lasted 3 or 4 days.  An October miracle of nature!

Mary Jo Beary Dies Nov.2 nd

She died at Oakwood Nursing Center in Albia November 2, 2014 under care of hospice.

Born to Robert J. and Marie (Sinnott) Lee in Melrose.  She was a graduate of Melrose High School.  She married Bill Johnson Dec. 17, 1943 and he died Oct. 12, 1964.  Mary Jo then married Leo Vincent Beary of Lovilia June 25, 1966.  Vincent died Feb. 11, 2014.  Mary Jo liked to help people and was always on the go doing so.

She is survived by her children Chris, Bob, and Donald, ten grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren as  well as her sister, Margie (John) Curran of Melrose.

Visitation opens 1pm Wed. Nov. 5 at Sinnott-Pierschbacher Funeral Home at Albia with family present 6-8 pm.  Rosary Wed. at 4pm and wake at 6pm

Funeral mass Thurs, Nov. 6 at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Albia.  Burial afterwards at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Melrose.

Memorials established to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Mr. Calvary Cemetery.

PTSD and Dog “Healers”

If you know someone suffering with PTSD or a child with autism, look at this website.  They have helped many service men make remarkable improvements and the dogs are trained right here in Waverly, Ia.  This was just featured in a Farm Bureau family living article.

Farm Computer Games Free

Visit  . I understand there are 19 different games.  This is provided by a grant from farm bureau and Dupont Pioneer.
These games are for K-5th grade and even have lesson plans and activities for school teachers.

Election Day Nov. 4, 2014

Polls are open 7am-9pm at the Lovilia Community building.  Come and exercise your freedom to vote. Our precinct includes the city of Lovilia, Union township, Cedar township , and Bluff Creek Township. See you at the polls!  And unlike some countries where they tell you who to vote for, you get to choose.  Go for it!!






Donald W. Baker Dies Sept.3, 2014

September 18th, 2014

Donald, age 86, was a resident of Blakesburg.  His parents were Vern and Pearl (Barnhill) Baker, who welcomed his birth Oct.19, 1927. He was schooled at Lovilia High School and graduated in the class of 1945.  Then he went to work for Burlington Sante Fe Railroad where he retired as a time clerk with 40 years of service.

Cleo Helen Brewer married Don March 26, 1949.  They were blessed with five children:  Don,Terry, Gary, Cathy, and Vicki.  He was a Blakesburg Methodist Church member and was an active community spirited person.  He coached baseball and softball when his kids were on the teams.  Don also enjoyed sporting events, hunting, fishing, cards, bingo, and collectible cars.

He is survived by his five children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as three sisters:  Norma, Lola, and Gayle.  Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, and siblings:  Forrest, James, Merrill, and Doris.

The funeral was Sept. 8, 2014 at Blakesburg Methodist Church.  A private family inurnment will be at Blakesburg Cemetery at a later date.  May he rest in peace.


Harold Hastings Dies Sept. 6, 2014

Harold died on his birthday at age 81.  He was born in 1933 in Buxton, Iowa to Robert and Deanie(Smith) Hastings.  He graduated with Lovilia High School class of 1951.  His time in the U.S. Army was from 1953-1955.

Harold married Mary Jo McGinn Oct. 11, 1958.  They were blessed with four children:  Diane, Jean, Judy, and Jim.

In 1959 he began work with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a surveyor and later as a park ranger at Red Rock Lake until his 1992 retirement.  After retiring he helped with surveying and construction of the bike trails at Red Rock.

Harold also hand dug graves for 41 years in several local cemeteries up until he reached age 76.  This is a special skill and done in all kinds of weather year round which adds to an already very hard job.  Harold was a very hard worker.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lovilia.  He had many interests including: cooking, baking pies, gardening, hunting for Indian artifacts, refinishing furniture ,and caning chairs.

He is survived by his wife, children, 10 grandchildren, and one great grand child, a brother (Delbert) and a sister-in-law (Gayle Hastings).

A mass of Christian burial was at St. Peter’s , Lovilia Sept. 10 and burial followed with military rites at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lovilia.  May he rest in peace.

Monroe County Supervisor Dies

Dennis “Denny” Ryan, age 54, of Melrose died Sept. 11, 2014.  He leaves behind his wife Carolyn and two daughters Allyson and Josey.  He served on Monroe County Board of Supervisors from 1990-the present. Denny was a strong leader in developing the Honey Creek area at Lake Rathbun and of the 24 hour recycling program in Monroe Country.

Denny was a tireless worker serving his community and his church in so many ways.

The funeral was at St. Patrick’s Church, Georgetown, Iowa and burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Melrose, Iowa.  May he rest in peace.


St. Peter’s Annual Picnic and Auction Oct. 12, 2014

Be sure to come join the folks for lunch from 11a.m.-1p.m.  Or call 641-946-7952 the day before and order carry out meals. Please leave your name, and number of meals ordered and the time you will pick them up between 11 and 1.

Menu is Roast beef or ham, homemade noodles, real mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, raw veggies with dip, and desserts. drink included of ice tea, lemonade, or hot coffee.

Following the meal at 1p.m. will be an auction and everyone is welcome to bid and buy the items up for sale.

For those coming from out of town, mass time that day is 10:30 a.m.

There is also a country market from 9am- 1pm of garden produce, home baked goodies, and other surprises. Be sure to check it out and buy early while there is a wide selection.

Last but not least there are raffle tickets for sale by church members in advance and also that day at the door.  There will be $1000 in cash prizes.  Prizes will be drawn at the conclusion of the auction.  You need not be present to win.  Your chances of winning are better than in the Iowa Lottery so buy a ticket and join the fun!

St. Peter’s Church thanks everyone for their  support and hope you will join us for a fun day with friends and family.

Lovilia Grandsons do well at State High School Track Tournament

July 4th, 2014

Ryan and Luke Sarver were half of the 4×200 and 4 x400 meter relay teams that made it to represent Albia Comm. H.S.  The team won the title. They are the grandsons of Joe and Wanda Flahive.

Tanner Wynn ran in the 800 and on the 4 x 800 team.  The 4 x 800 team did not win but broke the local school record by over five seconds. Also on the team were the Sarver boys.  Tanner is the grandson of Jerry and Camilla Wynn.

Congrats boys on a great season in track!!

Donna Flattery Retires From Teaching

Donna, daughter of Don and Marty Major, retired at the end of this school year.  She grew up in Lovilia and earned her teaching degree from William Penn in Oskaloosa.  She first taught in Lovilia first grade.  Donna has taught 39 years with most of them in Kindergarten.  She and her husband, Mike Flattery reside in Knoxville.  Enjoy your golden years, Donna!

William N. Yates Dies

William born Dec.22, 1927 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to William Henry and Mae Ellen Yates.  Due to injuries from a fall he died at age 86 on June 1, 2014.  Burial was at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

William was a Private First Class in the Air Force during WWII  and served in Japan. He worked many years as an arborist.

Will is survived by a sister of Cedar Rapids and seven children. Both Michael and James are residents of Lovilia.

May he rest in peace.

Darwin “Peanuts” Gordon and Harold Parker Honored with WWII Vets

Albia newspapers did a special D-Day paper for the 70 anniversary of D-Day.    Darwin was wounded twice in Italy and then was hit by bullets in a battle in France.  He spent many long months in the hospital.  He was wounded in the stomach, lost most of his left elbow.  He wears an elbow brace and braces on both legs today.

Harold Parker of rural Lovilia joined the Army Air Force, went to ground school, and served on ground crews in England.

We can not thank these men enough for their service to us to preserve our freedoms. May God bless you and give you peace.

Dorothy Claire Smith Dies

Dorothy was born to Andy and Josephine Long Claire on Dec. 15, 1923. She was educated in Lovilia schools.  She married Dr. Robert Smith and took schooling to be a lab assistant and worked with her husband in the Albia Smith Hospital.  Later she gave many years of dedicated service to promoting Rathbun Lake and was past pres. of the lake association and a regional director of Crappiethon.  She was preceded in death by her husband, son, and parents. Burial was at Oakview Cemetery in Albia.  May she rest in peace.

Dorothy Lynn Hogeland Dies

Dorothy was the daughter of Herbert Lee and Carabelle Drum Sherman and was born March 28, 1927 in Galesburg, Illinois.  Dorothy married Leroy Hogeland Dec.1, 1962  in Galesburg and then moved to Lovilia.  She is survived by her husband and three children: Andrea of Lovilia, Alicia of Moline, Ill.,, and John of San Francisco, Cal. and four grandchildren.  She died June 6, 2014 at age 87. Funeral services were at Lovilia United Methodist Church and she was later cremated.  May she rest in peace.

Trap Team Did Well

Ryan Romanco, Hunter McAninch and Case Scieszinski all with Lovilia roots are hitting the target well!  Congrats on your showing this season!

Jim Wynn Retires As Coach

Jim Wynn, son of Jerry and Camilla Wynn, retired this year after 29 years as an assistant football coach at Albia Comm. H. S. He grew up in Lovilia and attended Lovilia schools.  Enjoy your extra time with family!

Lovilia UMC

Lovilia Methodists held a clean-up day. Over a dozen kids joined Rev. Dozer to get r done.  The church hosted Vacation Bible School June 23-25.

Iva Mae Hatfield’s Students in Piano Recital

Her students performed June 22 at the Albia Baptist Temple.  Thirteen students performed.  The public was invited.

Steve Beary Tops in Land Sales

Steve Beary , son of Jim and Shirley Beary , lives in Albia and works for Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland.  He was recognized for being one of the top in land sales for this quarter of 2014.  Congrats to Steve!

Edwin “Ed” Loraine Overturf Dies

He was born Aug. 16,1924 to Archibald “Burn” and Ethel Burkman Overturf in Belknap, Iowa.  Ed’s family moved to the Lovilia area and he went to school in Lovilia and graduated high school in the class of 1943.  He served in the Army in Europe and Africa during WWII.  His career was with John Deere, then the VA Hospital in Knoxville, Ia. and then worked the the funeral home in Albia.  Virginia Helen Gibson married Ed Aug. 17, 1946 and they had two sons, Tony and Jim. She died in 1991 and he later married Lucille Amoss in 1999.  He is survived by his wife, two sons, two step daughters, and  three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.   Funeral services will be July 7, 2014 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia. Burial with military rites will be in Oak View Cemetery in Albia.

Lovilia T-Ball Team is the “Lions”

Beginning ball players have a team in Lovilia coached by William and Sadie Dykstra, Christian Williams, and Heather Pettyjohn.  Children on the coed team are:  Everett Hoy, Kylie Manser, Brian Brown, Lillee Carlson, Garrett Dykstra, Koltin Wynn, Braydon Manser, Titus Smith, Carson Dykstra, Hannah Smith, Brayden Pettyjohn, Carter Pettyjohn, And Aiden Aldridge.  Hope you have had fun learning to catch,  bat, and run the bases.  Have Fun!

Ogle Manager of Pizza Hut

Britt Ogle of Lovilia was hired as manager of the Albia Pizza Hut about six months ago.  Britt says he has upgraded the “hut” and has new staff on board.  Check it out!  We wish you success in your new career.

Buy “Upon This Rock” History

If you want a copy of the history of St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Lovilia written by Ellie Sofranko and Catherine Ross and published in 1982, contact Catherine’s relative at this email address:

Weller Picnic July 19

Jim McGinn says the picnic is on!  Lunch is served from 11:30am-1:00pm.  Menu:  grilled pork loin, brats, pasta salad, baked beans, soda, ice tea, lemonade or water.  There will be live country and Irish music.  Lawn chairs and personal coolers welcome.  Fun for all and some Irish dancing may be done too!





We Are Proud of Drake Relays Champions!

May 12th, 2014

The Albia Community High School 4 x 400 meter track relay team made up of Alex Schultz, Brett Leshen, Luke Sarver, and Ryan Sarver  won the event with a total time of 3:18.90.  This is a school breaking record and the fastest time  of any 2A school team in the Drake Relays ever!!!!  Luke and Ryan’s mother is Mary Flahive Sarver.  Their grandparents are Joe and Wanda Flahive. Their great grandparents are Ed and Lucille Wright Flahive.

We are proud of your working so hard in training and team efforts to bring this achievement.  Congratulations and enjoy the accolades!

Jr High Track High Points

The 4 x 100 team had the chance to run at the Drake Relays also.  Jer McAninch was on the team and Joe Beary was the alternate. Both are rural Lovilia boys.  The team had a time of 49.66 which placed them 9th out of 32 teams overall. Congrats!

Jer has also shown skill in the 100 meter dash, the high jump, and on the 4 x 200 team.  Joe Beary is performing well in the shuttle hurdle relay, in the 800 meter medley team, high jump, and 400 meter dash.  Looking forward to seeing your growth in high school track.  We are proud of your efforts Jer and Joe!

Lovilia Wins Grants

Monroe County Iowa Foundation awarded this years grants that come to Iowa counties that do not have gaming facilities.  City of Lovilia was awarded $2,500 for tombstone repair.  Lovilia Community Betterment was awarded $1500 for a new water heater.



Katie Williams Solos in IHCC Concert

Katie, daughter of Bob and Lolita Barnes Williams of Lovilia, sang a solo in the college spring concert as well as joined the college chorus for the rest of the concert.  They performed at St. John’s Auditorium in Ottumwa on May 9th.  Congrats on your fun performance!

Lovilia City Council Mowing Notice for Summer 2014

Any property within the city, whether vacated or non-vacated, including ditches, is required to be mowed by May 1 & 15, June 1 & 15, July 1 & 15, August 1 & 15, Sept. 1 & 15 and Oct. 1  &  15 of each year.  If any property is not mowed by the above dates, the city of Lovilia will cause the same to be mowed and the cost assessed to the property owners.   The charges for mowing shall be $75.00 per hour plus a surcharge of $10 FOR EACH PROPERTY.  This is ordered by the city council and administered by mayor Pat Gilbert.

New Findley Baby

Maxwell David Findley was born April 12, 2014.  His parents are Steven Findley and Amanda DeMoss.  Lovilia grandparents are Terry and Cheryl Findley  and great-grandparents are David and Lorraine Findley.  Welcome Maxwell!

Joe Beary Competes in Math Bee

Joe with seven other 8th graders from Albia competed in Burlington, Iowa.  Out of 81 students competing Joe placed 28th.  Good figuring and hope you had fun too!

Two Lovilia girls on 6th grade math team:  Makenna Ross and Savannah Stalzer.

Hunter McAninch Fronts Rathbun Theater Band

May 3rd, Saturday Hunter sang and accompanied himself on guitar with the house band.  He enjoyed it he said the the audience received him well.  John Bain his guitar teacher and the theater manager hope to have Hunter back to perform later in the concert season.  Congrats and looking forward to seeing you perform!


Harold E. Wright Dies April,13, 2014

April 28th, 2014

Harold was born Jan. 28, 1941 to Mathew C. and Evangaline (Johnson) Wright in Lovilia, Iowa.  He married Anna M. Casper on March 21, 1959 in Unionville, Missouri.  They had three children:  Lora Lopez of Chatham, Ill; Kevin Wright of Coal Valley, Ill.’ and Allen Wright of Colona, Ill.  Eight grand children and six great children also survive him.  One sister survives, Lillian Lennie of Cookville, Texas.  His parents and one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

He worked for 32 years for John Deere Harvester and retired as an assembler in 1998.  He enjoyed yard work, bird watching, and fixing things.

Funeral services were at Esterdahl Morturary and Crematory in Moline, Ill.  Burial was at Coal Valley Township Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

May he rest in peace.

Robert”Bob” Barnes Dies April 20, 2014

Bob’s parents were Arnold and Esta (Nedderman) Barnes. He was the youngest of nine children and was born March 9, 1922. He was schooled at Lemon grade school and graduated from Lovilia High School in the class of 1940.
He wed Beth Davis on July 4, 1942.

Nov. 1942 he was drafted into the army.  He began with 903 Quartermaster Company but later volunteered as a paratrooper.  As a paratrooper he was in the 11th Airborne Division and stationed in the Philippines.  Eventually serving in the MacArthur Vanguard during the first days of occupation in Japan.

After the war he farmed west of Lovilia until his retirement.  He spent many years researching and updating the Barnes and Nedderman family geneology.

He is survived by his wife Beth; son Gary of W. St. Paul,MN; daughters Brenda of Overland Park,KS; Connie of West Des Moines,IA; and Shelley of St. Paul, MN.  Also four grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive.    His parents and siblings preceded him in death:  Icyle, Jesse, Howard, Orville, Phillip, Florence, Emmett, and Preston.

Funeral services were at the Independent Bible church in Bussey.  No burial services.  Open memorials.

May he rest in peace.

Rathbun Music Theater Open for the Season

John Bain of Lovilia and his father have purchased and opened the theater.  It is one mile north of the dam on Hwy J5T.  It is family entertainment with a concession stand available and no alcohol.  It opened April 19th.  Shows are planned for every Saturday at 8pm through the month of November.  Check it out!  (Doors open at 7pm)

Monroe County Democrats Select 2014 Leadership Team

Susan Beary was elected Affirmative Action Chairman.  Representatives for our local precinct which includes Lovilia, Cedar, Union, Bluff Creek and Guilford Townships are James Elliot, and Sandy Showers.

Michelle Manser Excelling in Spring Track at Albia High School

April 8th the Lady Dees competed in Bloomfield.  In the first of the events, Michelle, a Lovilia home town girl, won the 3000 meter run.  Her time was 12:46.95.  This gave her nearly  a 15 second victory over the other runners.  Congrats on your big win, Michelle!

Later she won the same event at Eddyville in first place with a time of 13.08.

Samantha Hunt of Lovilia Wins Art First Place

Albia Comm. High School had its annual art show the first week of April.  Samantha won first place and she also earned an honorable mention for a second piece of artwork.  Congratulations Samantha!

Trap Shooter Case Scieszinski Scoring well

Case competed in April at Knoxville with ten different schools teams in the competition.  He was the top shooter for the Albia team and hit 40 out of 50 targets.  His family tree comes back to the Lovilia Papich family.  Way to go Case!

At the April 19th trap shoot at Russell an Albia team took home first place team trophy.  The team included three of the six with Lovilia roots.  Case, Hunter McAninch (Wynn family) and Ryan Romanco( Romanco family) Congrats team!

Recycling Employee Retirement Planned

David and Susan Beary who are coordinators for recycling in Lovilia, Melrose, and Albia told the Mon. Co. board of supervisors at their meeting April 22nd that whey will retire Dec. 31, 2014.  The board will start to look for a replacement coordinator.  Beary’s will step down as soon as a replacement is found.  The program is working and the county hopes to continue upgrading the equipment and site to handle even more participation by residents in the state mandated recycling efforts. The goal is to prevent valuable resources going to the landfill.

April 30, Wednesday Supper at Comm. Building

United Methodist Church of Lovilia will hold a Chicken noodle supper from 5-7pm at the Lovilia Community Building.  Free will offering for the meal.  Good home cooking!

May 2 Sign up Your Child for Headstart

If your child will be three years old by Sept. 15 of this year, they can see if they are eligible to enroll. Call Jessica 641-799-6070 to find out what to bring to registration and when to come to sign up.

May 5, Monday Lovilia Firemen’s Fundraising Supper

Come to eat from 5-7pm at the Lovilia Community Building. Eat well and support your hometown firemen!!

St. Peter’s Catholic Church Sacrament Celebration

Those receiving first communion this year are Ethan Stalzer and his cousin, Kyle Kuhlmann.  Also Taryn Brown of Lovilia will receive at her church, St. Mary’s in Albia.

Confirmation students who celebrated with the Bishop in April were Marty Beary, Cole Kurimski, and Hunter McAninch.

Best wishes to all the students for these landmarks of their faith they have reached.