Lovilia sports

October 2nd, 2013

Lovilia Kids in Sports

July 24th, 2013

2013 Albia High School trap shooting team competed at a state trap shoot championship in June. Three young men with Lovilia ties were on the junior varsity team. Hunter McAninch hit 172 out of 200 targets. His parents are Kirk and Susan (Wynn) McAninch of rural Lovilia. His local grandparents are Jerry and Camilla Wynn.
Case Scieszinski hit 175 out of 200. His mom is Julie (Gansman) Scieszinski who grew up in Lovilia at her grandmother’s house, Stephana (Papich) Larson.
Ryan Romanco hit 159 out of 200 targets. His dad is Kelly Romanco of the Albia area and his grandparents are Tom and Donna Romanco of Lovilia.


Members of the Albia Track Team  Went to State Track Meet

Luke Sarver and Ryan Sarver sons of Mary (Flahive) Sarver and grandsons of Joe and Wanda Flahive were part of the 4×800 meter relay. Running with them was Tanner Wynn, son of David Wynn and grandson of Jerry and Camilla Wynn.

The Sarvers also ran in the 4×100 relay, the 4×200 relay and the 4×400 relay.  All these people live in Albia but Jerry and Camilla but have Lovilia roots.

Michelle Manser of Lovilia ran in 4×800 meter relay.  She is the daughter of Harold and Brandi Manser.

Softball all-stars in the 11-12 year old age team from Lovilia

Makenna Ross, daughter of Ken and Anna Ross is on the team along with Stacie Etcher. Laura Etcher and Scott Etcher are two of the four team coaches.  They competed in the state tournament in Des Moines July 10-14.

Team Wins a State Title

The team was the Albia Blue USSSA10AA.  Blake Chance was on the team and his dad, Mitch Chance was a coach.  Blake’s grandfather is Steve Chance of Lovilia.

Also on the team was Nathaniel Wynn, son of Marc Wynn who was also coaching. Nathaniel’s grandparents are Jerry and Camilla Wynn.

Congrats to all these athletes!

Lovilia Lions T-Ball Team

The Lovilia mascot of years ago was revived to serve the t-ball team.  Coaches this year were William and Sadie Dykstra, Melissa Hood, and Lindy Ellis.  Members of the team out to learn the game were:  Aliyah Hood, Landrie Carlson, Conner Cook, Aiden Aldridge, Payton Smith, Bridget McIntyre, Kyra Taft, Preston Nichols, Carson Rankin, Carson Dykstra, Titus Smith, Jocelyn Nichols, Hannah Smith, Angelina Rodriguez.

This is the only team left in Lovilia and it is fun to have them. Go Lions!

Chamberlain Graduates at William Penn

Jennifer Chamberlain, daughter of Calvin and Pam Chamberlain, graduated from William Penn Univ. in Oskaloosa, Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  She is making her home in Lovilia. Congratulations!

60th Wedding Anniversary

Ernest and Loretta Beary Corso celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 23.  They were married in 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Weller, Iowa.  They have seven children and 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  They live south of Albia. Congratulations!

New Lovilia Baby Arrives July 10

Adalyn Marie Pettyjohn was born July 10, 2013 to Nikolas Pettyjohn and Alexis Sheely. Grandparents are Janis and Jeremy Aldridge and Chris Pettyjohn.  Great Grandparents are Ben and Charlotte Pettyjohn.  Great great grandmother is Janis Summers.  Welcome to our world little one!


Weller Picnic July 20

The crowd was somewhat smaller than in years past but all enjoyed the great picnic food, the Irish music and country music, and most of all the visiting with all the old friends of days past.  Bob Crumley, who grew up in Lovilia, and Tom Welsh of Lovilia helped supply the music that all enjoyed.  Jim McGinn and friends and relatives did a lot of the prep work.  So thanks to all who helped make it a fun day!

Lovilia Headstart Registration Time

This Pre-school is free for eligible families. This includes persons with disabilities.  This is for children who are 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 15, 2013.

To sign up call Lovilia 641-946-8125 for an appointment.  To be eligible bring the following to your appointment:

1. proof of income for the past 12 months

2.  copy of your child’s birth certificate

3.  proof of residency

4. copy of your child’s immunization record

David Frank Steckelberg dies June13, 2013

July 12th, 2013

David succumbed to cancer at age 66. His birth was Sept. 24, 1946 to Vernon and Darlene (Atkins) Steckelberg in Carroll, Iowa. David earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in marine biology from Utah State University. He served 8 years in the US Air Force. In 1979 on May 26th he married Dixie Lee Kendall of Lovilia. She died in 2003. He was a chemist for Ajinomoto at Eddyville, Iowa and retired from there in 2010.

Local survivors are his step children: Clyde and Brian Williams of Albia and Lynn Anne DesPlanque of Lovilia. Burial was at Marysville cemetery.  May he rest in peace.


Clarence Baayen dies June 23, 2013

He was 90 years old when he died. His parents were Arthur J. and Bessie (Gray) Baayen and he was born on Oct. 16, 1922 in West Cliff, Colorado.  He used the nickname “Dutch” and graduated from Albia High School with the class of 1941.  He joined the US Army air force and served in WWII.  His wife was Marjorie Van Dorin whom he married June 24, 1945 in Des Moines, Iowa.  She passed away in 2002 after 56 years of marriage.

He owned Baayen grocery in South Des Moines, Iowa and later sold it and entered the real estate business until he retired.  The last several years he has lived in Lovilia.  He leaves behind a daughter in Des Moines and two children in Colorado.  May he rest in peace.


Cheryl Ann Allison dies June 29, 2013

Cheryl age 64 passed away due to cancer.  Cheryl was born on September 3, 1948 in Knoxville, Iowa to Ralph and Darlene (Courtney) Kirtley.  She married Ronnie Allison on November 26, 1965 in Lovilia.  They were blessed with two daughters, Angela and Sarah.

Cheryl served the Lovilia community for many years as a first responder for the Lovilia Fire and Rescue.

She is survived by her husband Ronnie of Lovilia and her two married daughters and four grandchildren.  She has one sister, Cindy Carlson of Knoxville and Cindy’s family.  May she rest in peace.


Dennis Comstock dies July 5, 2013

Dennis died of cancer at the age of 64.  Born Nov.1, 1948 to Robert and Lorraine (Tice) Comstock in his grandmother’s home in Albia.  He graduated from Albia H.S. in the class of 1966.  Dennis enlisted in the US Army and served six years and was honorably discharged in 1976.  He worked in several factories and retired from 3M.  He married Cinda Stocker in 1995.  He is survived by six children:  Jessica, Deseree, Jenisha, Dara, Cade and Melisa.  He also adopted three children.  Dennis has 7 living siblings and 5 deceased siblings.  Living in Lovilia are his sister Barbara and brothers Jeff and Milo.

As per Dennis’ wishes he was cremated and memorial services were at his home south of Albia with military rites provided by Albia, Lovilia, and Melrose.  May he rest in peace.


Lovilia Student Makes the Dean’s List

Andrew Kurimski, son of Mark and Pam Kurimski, made the spring dean’s list at the University of Northern Iowa, at Cedar Falls.  Congratulations on the excellent grades.  We are proud of your efforts!


In 2014 a Hydroelectric Plant Will Be Built at Red Rock

Breaking news in the Des Moines Register tells us the plant will be built at a cost of $260 million dollars.  Who is paying the bill?  A group of municipal utilities from four states (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota) working together to build this plant will be selling bonds to cover the cost.  Expected electricity output is enough to serve 18,000 homes. Expected construction work is to be completed by 2016 and the plant is automated to the point that only two employees will be needed to run the plant.

Only the hydroelectric plant at Keokuk will be larger in the state of Iowa.  The CEO of the group says the plant is expected to be on line for 60-80 years producing renewable energy that is not a carbon footprint maker.

A model of the proposed plant is on display at the reservoir’s visitors center at Lake Red Rock located on the south side of the dam.

This will be a significant change for the area.  We will all be interested to see the stages of construction unfold.



St. Peter’s Cemetery Donation

In June Mr. Irvin Massick of Knoxville made a generous donation of $500 in memory of the Bodnar and Massick families to the St. Peter’s cemetery perpetual care fund.  The parish thanks him for his generous gift.


Ed Kamerick Will be Ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church

We will celebrate his ordination on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Melrose.  Mass will be at 10:30 a. m. in Melrose with an open house and reception following.  We congratulate Ed and his perseverance through several years of education to prepare for this day.  He is married to the former Jane Hollinrake who grew up just west of Lovilia.  He will be helping most likely in the Monroe County Catholic churches and perhaps in Centerville also.  He will be a great addition to serve along with our priests.


Weller Picnic on Saturday, July 20, 2013

Everyone is welcome whether you have Weller roots or not.  Lunch is served starting at 11:30 a. m.  The menu is expected to be:  pork loin, brats, side dishes, and beverages (soda, iced tea, or lemonade).  There will be some live music both country and Irish.  Raffle prizes.  Please bring your own lawn chairs and personal coolers are fine.  People expected to come to celebrate from 11 a. m. to 5 p.m.  Good folk and good times!


Water Quality Report

June 24th, 2013

Notice to Lovilia Residents:
Consumer Confidence Report (Water quality report) will not be mailed. The report may be viewed online at http://iowaccr.org/Lovilia

Copies are available at City Hall ,1613 E Avenue South or Lovilia Water Department at 606 West 17th Street as reported by Leonard Geery, Water Superintendent of City of Lovilia, Iowa.

Lovilia 2013 All School Alumni Reunion

June 20th, 2013

June 9th, Sunday, the reunion was held at the Lovilia Community building in downtown Lovilia just below the water tower.

Between the meal count and the registration desk count it was determined that about 175 alumni with spouses  or other relatives attended this year.

In 1963 Ellie Sofranko and others planned the first all school reunion.  Over 900 graduates were mailed invitations.  For the 2013 reunion 380 letters were sent.

A noon meal of pulled pork or steamed hamburger sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad, cookies, and beverages was served to the guests by the Lovilia Community Betterment committee.  Many Lovilia bakers donated a wide variety of delicious homemade cookies for the meal.

Sandy Winegardner opened the program by welcoming everyone and introducing the 2013 alumni committee.  Committee members were:

Marilyn Sterling Vandenberg, class of 1951

Ruth Bunch Belzer, class of 1951

Ilene Smith Pottorff , class of 1952

Kae Wells Morgan , class of 1957

Margaret Crumley Vittetoe, class of 1957

Gayle Baker Hastings, class of 1958

Mary Lou Sims Bingamon, class of 1958

These women help plan the reunion, keep the address list of alumni updated, and save obituaries of those alumni who have died since the previous reunion.

Bob Crumley was master of ceremonies and introduced the 2013 class honorees.  From the class of 1933, Kathryn Welsh Ballalatak, was honored and her son, Dean, read Kathryn’s memories of school and growing up in rural Lovilia.

Betty Henderson Baker, class of 1943, was honored and her story was read by her brother, Larry Henderson.

Gerald Sofranko, class of 1948, wrote specifically about Lovilia men who we honor for their military service and his words were read by Bob Crumley.

Alumni who could not attend due to health reasons sent letters which were read.

Bonneitta Martin Sonnenburg, class of 1935, letter read by Ruth Belzer.  She lives at The Village in Indianola, Iowa.

Wendell Nedderman, class of 1939, who lives in Arlington, Texas sent a letter ready by Bob Crumley.

Lowell Findley, class of 1954, currently residing in Dolores, Colorado sent a letter read by Fred Kraber.

Beverly Tucker Sampson, class of 1957, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia sent a letter read by Sandy Winegardner.

It was enjoyable to hear of Lovilia’s earlier days and what these graduates have experienced in their colorful lives.

Some alumni traveled miles upon miles to join the reunion guests.  Listed are some of those travelers:

Katherine Peach Owens Stevens, class of 1953, California

Charles Williams, class of 1958, Arizona

Jeanne Barnes Long, class of 1960, Minnesota

Jr. Monk, class of 1960, Georgia

Kenneth Nedderman, class of 1941, Texas

Lorena Gardner Blanchard, class of 1941, Colorado

Jack Clark, class of 1949, California

Ted Ferguson, class of 1958, Missouri

Rosemary Waters Ostby, class of 1953, Colorado

Larry Henderson,class of 1955, Florida

David Johnson, class of 1949, Illinois

In closing the program, Bob Crumley, read the names of the 68 Lovilia graduates who had passed away since the June 2008 reunion.  We hold their memories dear and pray they rest in peace.

The next all school reunion will be held in five years in June 2018.  Hope to see you there!



Former Resident Marion Durbala Dies

June 8th, 2013

Marion Durbala was born in Albia on March 8, 1934 to Frank and Margaret (Bins) Durbala. His youth was spent on a farm with his family west of Lovilia. After graduating from Albia High School he spent two years int the U.S. Army. He continued his education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where he earned an accounting degree. His working years in accounting were all in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Marion was an avid golfer, bridge player, and history buff.
He has two sisters, one brother, and two in-laws surviving him as well as three children and five grandchildren. One sister, Jean( Joe) Hollinrake is a local resident of rural Lovilia

Mr. Durbala died May 18, 2013 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
A graveside service was held May 24 at St. Peter’s Cemetery (Catholic) in Lovilia.

Storm Damage to Local Home

We have been having frequent rains and thunderstorms here in the last few weeks.  Ilene Pottoroff had a large tree split and half came down on her house’s roof causing real damage.  A tree trimming company cleaned up the tree the next day.  Tarps still cover the roof until repair work can be done.  She was not bodily harmed and we are thankful for that.


United Methodist Church of Lovilia Update

New shingles were recently nailed on the church roof by a local roofing company who made quick work of it even though it is a very steep roof.  Looks very nice and should give many years of service.

Update to Lovilia Community Building

The building was painted this week by Josh Chance’s painting firm.  It was white with dark brown trim and is now tan with deep tan trim. The new sign is over the awning now which says Lovilia Community Building.  The sign was done in the old school colors of purple and gold and a lion’s head is on the sign to honor the old school mascot. The inside big room and hall had recently received a new coat of paint and the floors are waxed and shiny clean.

All is ready for the all Lovilia School reunion which will be held Sunday, June 9th at the freshened up building.  We can be proud of our community meeting place.  Thanks to the Comm. Betterment Committee and all who helped with planning and arrangements and labor.

June 8 Recycling Promotion in Lovilia

Lovilia was chosen for the pilot site for recycling promotion in Monroe County.  With cooperation between the city of Lovilia and Monroe County Supervisors the lot was cleaned and prepared on the  corner of North E Avenue and 19th Street. Special thanks to the Monroe County Supervisors for moving road graders to the old county home site so the Lovilia space could be used for the recycling trailer.  Also, special thanks to city works director, Leonard Geery, for removing the trees, having the locator check the lot, and arranging for grading out the lot , as well as weeding and mowing the lot.   Placed there today was a trailer that will be left there seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day for persons to leave their recycling items.

We are very excited to have the benefit of doing this daily as before we had only one Saturday a month for two hours and then the trailer returned to Albia. This was a very small window of opportunity for people to bring items to recycle.

Susan Beary and David Beary of Lovilia, Monroe County coordinators for recycling are thrilled to expand the opportunity in Lovilia and so are local citizens who said , ”  This is going to be awesome!”

From 8-10am Saturday, June 8th, householders who brought items to the trailer were shown where to put them according to type: tin cans, plastic, glass jars, newspapers, magazines, books, mixed paper, bags of shredded paper and cardboard.

Thank you gifts for recycling were handed out to each householder of a cloth green shopping bag, green bracelet and washable tattoos for kids, and Casey’s store helped our promotion by giving coupons for donuts/cookies.

Twenty-six household participated.  Twenty were long time faithful recyclers and six were new to it in Lovilia.  We are grateful for everyone who participates and who continues to do so month after month to help our environment.

Door hangers were passed out to every home this past week to educate everyone about the new trailer and its location and use.  Also, ads were placed on Albia radio and one news interview.

Susan wants to thank Sara Bixby the director at the landfill at Tracy that is used by Monroe County and three other counties.  Sara helped with the promotion, education materials, and the funding for the promotion.  We could not have done it with out her.  Thanks, Sara!

Thank you to Casey’s for the treats to thank people for recycling. Those coupons brought big smiles.

Wind Power to Boom in Iowa

Good news for Iowans.  MidAmerican Energy has announced they plan to spend nearly 2 billion dollars by 2015  in Iowa.  This will translate to about 656 new wind turbines.  The location for the turbines is yet to be chosen.  The company said no new utility rate hikes will be needed as federal wind tax credits will off fset the cost over the  next 30 years.  Gov. Branstad said no state tax credits or incentives will be offered for the project.

When completed this wind “farm” will produce 40% of all electricity now used by customers in Iowa is the company projection.

These wind turbines are so high tech now.  Not at all like grandpa’s.

Turbines latest version is connected to the internet where it monitors constantly: weather, grid system info., supply/demand patterns and then use that data to adjust electronics and  turbine blade positions constantly. This along with changes in tower size, etc. created the newer models that  are able to be as much as 25% more efficient.

Can you even imagine power production in 20 years?  This is very exciting  news.



Population of Lovilia Up by One!

May 15th, 2013

New baby boy born to Devon and Stephanie (Ballalatak) Bonnett.  He has been given the name Harper James Bonnett.  Everyone is doing well.  He was welcomed into this world on April 27, 2013.

Grandparents on Stephanie’s family tree  are Gary and Karen Ballalatak of rural Lovilia. Great grandparents are the late Joe Ballalatak and Kathryn Ballalatak of Lovilia and Harp and Mitzy Pettyjohn of Marysville.

Grandparents on Devon’s family tree are James and Judie Bonnett of rural Lovilia.  Great grandparents are George and Mary Harrison of Hamilton and Lloyd and Agnes Bonnett of Bussey.

Welcome Harper and congratulations Steph and Devon!!


Frances Iola Waters Dies April 22, 2013

April 29th, 2013

She lived her whole life at Lovilia.  She was born July 25, 1918 to Frank and  Maggie (Wilson) Barnes.  Frances married Harold Waters on October 2, 1934 and they shared 60 years together before Harold died in 1994.

Two sons, Kenneth and Keith, died in infancy.  Living to adulthood were six children.  Iola and John who have died in recent years.   Carol (Mrs. DeWayne )Allison, Phyllis (Mrs. Tom) Dunkin live in Lovilia. Gene (Mrs. Marge)Waters live in Muscatine, and Mark (Mrs. Joyce) Waters reside in Des Moines.

Her family has 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren.

Frances  and Harold were well known in the community for owning and operating Waters Grocery during  many years of their marriage.

She cherished family time and in later years hosted morning coffee for them and friends at her home.  She was a devoted member of United Methodist Church of Lovilia and served it in many ways including singing.  She also sang many years with the Sweet Adelines.  Her political party was the Republicans and she was an active participant.

Frances died at age 94 at the Monroe County Hospital.

Celebrant for the funeral was Rev. Randy Beary with services at the Lovilia United Methodist Church.  Her nieces, Pam Selby, Loita Williams, and Christy Newman, were the vocalists.  They are the daughters of Frances’ brother Bill Barnes and his wife Norma.   Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lovilia, Iowa.

Memorials were designated to the Loviia United Methodist Church or Lovilia Community Building.  May she rest in eternal peace.


Worker’s Memorial Day April 28

Twenty persons met to walk in Lovilia in honor of this day established in 1989 on this day for the passage of the OSHA law to try to create safety on the job.

Walkers walked in a loop from the Community Building to St. Peter’s Catholic church and turned to F Ave. and north to car wash and turned to community building once more.

There candles were lighted.  Susan Beary spoke of the history of the memorial and named the local persons who have died at work lest we forget them and those who have contracted occupational diseases from work hazards.  She challenged everyone to continue to fight for safe work sites for all workers in the world.

May 4, Saturday, Lovilia All City Yard Sale Day

Come stroll the town for bargains. There will be sales at many homes and the Methodist Church ladies will host a sale in their church basement on E Avenue.  The St. Peter’s women will host a bake sale on E Avenue just across the street from the post office. Most sales begin at 8am.

Come join the fun of spring outdoor shopping Lovilia style!!

St. Peter’s Mass Time Change

Beginning May 5th, Sunday at 8:30 a. m. will be the mass time through the summer months and September.   No mass on Saturday in the summer in Lovilia.



April 8, 2013 Community Betterment Meeting

April 18th, 2013

The committee applied for a Monroe County Iowa Community Foundation grant and will receive $3000 to be used for building maintenance. The roof has already been repaired. Now the painting will be done including the large room and the hallway.

A new sign for the front of the building is hoped to be in place by the all school reunion on June 9th, Sunday. They hope to include a lion’s head and the purple and gold colors to reflect the schools mascot and colors.

The committee members plan to have the Comm. building unlocked for memorial day weekend so visitors to the cemeteries can come use the restroom and have a cup of coffee.

Once painting is done, new gutters will be purchased and placed on the building.

A defibrillator was given by the city to the Community building to use if a visitor needed resuscitated. This is greatly appreciated.

Judy Johnson will be asked to talk withthe insurance company to review more than one companys prices and coverage and report back to the group. The committee wants to be sure the building is adequately insured in case of serious damage. The premium for one year currently is $769 dollars.

The committee was asked to serve a meal for the all school reunion on June 9th and agreed to do so. Goldie Kraber is chairman. Menu will be pulled pork or beef burger, potato salad, cookies and beverage (coffee, iced tea, or water). A price of $5 per meal will be charged. Meal will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. Approximately 225 guests are expected at the reunion.

Everyone is looking forward to seeing old friends and classmates.


St. Peter’s April 13, 2013 Celebration

To celebrate two children receiving their first communion today, a potluck supper was held at the church hall with all sharing homecooked delicious food.  The women’s A&R group furnished a decorated cake for the special occasion.  The two children honored are Rylee Dunkin of Bussey and Landyn Roland of Lovilia.

Next week the parish will nominate new members for the parish council.

Two students, Cole Kurimski and Hunter McAninch, are collecting pop cans and sold raffle tickets to help pay their way to the national Catholic youth meeting to be held next November. Thanks to all who bought tickets and brought cans.  Catholic youth from all churches in Monroe County are working on this project.  Local raffle winners were Jerry Wynn who won the quilt donated by Cleone Cap and Brad Stalzer won a White Buffalo Pizza and Pop certificate.

St. Peter’s A & R women will be holding a Bake Sale on May 4th, Saturday

This is the Lovilia all city yard sale day.  They will set up in front of Leon Chamberlain’s workshop just across from the post office.  Sale will begin at 8 a.m.  Stop by for a treat while you are shopping the yard sales.


April 17th Lightning damaged the Landfill electronics at HWY T-17.  The scales, computers, etc. and they will be working hard today to get things all in working order.  We have had well over 5 inches of rain in around 24 hours and creeks are over Hwy 5 north of Hamilton and Twin Cedars school was closed and I understand Chariton’s too.  Even though creeks and rivers were low from last year’s drought this much water so fast made for flash flooding. It is spring in Iowa!

April 17th United Methodist Chicken Noodle supper

The dinner was well attended and the food was excellent.  Workers were busy serving, fixing take out meals, and cleaning tables.  Guests were there from Albia and the surrounding area. Lots of good visiting was done.

April 28th Sunday,Worker’s Memorial Day

Join us and walk and attend our short memorial service that evening at Lovilia Comm. Building starting at 6:45 p.m.  If you have questions, call Susan Beary 641-946-7952.

June 9th, Sunday, Lovilia School Reunion Day Tour

March 22nd, 2013

John Bain and family are welcoming the school reunion attendees to take a tour of the Lovilia school building that day. John and his family bought the building and have been living and working there while remodeling it too.

I am sure anyone who went to school there at some time would enjoy seeing what they have done with the building. We want to thank them for generously letting us have this peek at a place that furnished many a school memory.