April 28 Lovilia Memorial Service for Worker’s Memorial Day

March 15th, 2013

April 28th each year is the worldwide Worker’s Memorial Day.  This is new to me as it may be to you.  Susan Beary asked Lovilia city council if we could have a memorial walk and service and they agreed.

This day is to remember all workers who have died on the job or contracted a chronic illness from exposure to something harmful at the work site.  If you have someone you want remembered, please call Susan at 641-946-7952.  We invite everyone who wishes to honor these workers to come walk with us.

We will meet at the Lovilia Community Building at 6:45 p.m. At 7 p.m. we will walk from the building to E Ave. South (main street) and proceed South to the Catholic Church. Then we will turn left and walk to F Ave. (back street). Next turn and go North to the car wash where we turn left and go two blocks which returns us to the community building.

Once there we will pass out and light candles to hold in memory of those who died or were injured.  The names and circumstances of the death or illness will be read.  We will also include groups who died that we have no names for from many different work settings.

We will conclude with prayer for these people to rest in eternal peace and for us the living to continue to work for safe and healthy work places for all.


Mark your Calendar for June 8th, Saturday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

This will be a promotion day for the encouragement of all households in Lovilia and the rural area to come and recycle.  We will have a surprise thank you item for each child who brings something to recycle and for each adult.

See you that day at the recycle trailer in Lovilia.  If you have questions, call Susan Beary at 641-946-7952.

Lovilia city records show 226 households in Lovilia.  How many currently recycle?  Under 50.  A goal to reach of 100 participating households on this day would be a proud day to be sure.

Would you help us reach this goal? If you need to see the list of what you can recycle, click back on the blog to the one posted on Jan. 29, 2013 and all is listed there.   See you June 8th at the trailer!!

Patricia Findley Dies

March 11th, 2013

Pat died Feb. 28, 2013 in her home in Hesston, Kansas.

Born Nov. 11, 1926 in Albia to Maretta Forster Gray and William Gray. On Dec. 10, 1944 she married Donald Findley of Lovilia.

Together they farmed until he died in 1985. Pat then ran the farm herself until retiring in 2002. Pat then moved to Hesston to be near her daughter , Billie Christine Roth, called Chris.

Both Don and Pat loved square dancing and both became callers for the dances.

She was active in United Methodist Church in Lovilia. In 2001 she was named to the Monroe County Farm Bureau Hall of Fame. Pat also served for 11 years as a Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner.

Pat is survived by her daughter Chris, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren

Graveside services were held at the rural Osborne Cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Megan Marie Selby Dies

Megan was the adopted daughter of Kirby and Pam Selby of Albia, former residents of Lovilia.  Megan’s birthday was Jan. 29, 1984.  She died Mar. 7, 2013 at her home in Chariton.

She graduated from Albia High School in the class of 2002.

Her grandmother is Norma Barnes of Lovilia.

The funeral was Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Cornerstone Community Church in Albia and burial was in Service Chapel Cemetery in rural Monroe County.  May she rest in peace.


Lois Leota Sinclair Dies

February 25th, 2013

Lois lived June 7,1917-January 31,2013. Born in Buxton, Iowa to Henry and Pearl Phipps. She grew up and attended school in Lovilia. She married Malcolm “Mike” Sinclair. They lived, worked, and raised four children in the Albia area. Her brother was Hilbert Phipps of rural Lovilia, now deceased. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lovilia.  May she now rest in peace.


Velma White Died

Velma died Feb 1, 2013 in Albia at age 97.  She moved here in 1958 with her husband Phillip White when they retired.  Preceded in death by her husband and three sons.  She was buried at Osborn Cemetery near Lovilia. May she now rest in peace.


Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Jones Died

Betty was born July 13, 1923 to Lawrence and Margaret McGinn of Weller. She died Feb.10, 2o13 in Albia, Iowa.  Burial was at St. Mary’s cemetery at Weller, Iowa.  May she rest in peace.

Teresa Beary marries Paul White

Teresa, daughter of David and Susan Beary of Lovilia, married Paul White near Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 16, 2013.

Paul’s parents are Lionel and Sally White of Dallas, Texas.  Teresa and Paul live and work in Madison.

Immediate family and close friends shared the wedding and reception together.  We wish them many years of happiness together.

Mary Chamberlain Home

Mary home from the hospital.  Glad to have you back in Lovilia!  We missed you!

Catherine Beary moves

Catherine Beary, formerly of rural Lovilia, mother of Gene Beary has recently moved to the new Homestead Assisted Living by Monroe County Hospital.  May you enjoy you new home.

City Council Meets March 5

Lovilia council meets at 6 p.m.  for monthly business.  Townspeople are welcome to attend as guests.

Lovilia Recycling Day March 9th

Come recycle between 8-10 a. m. Trailer will be across from the post office.

For those who can not make it but want to recycle.  The county recycle building has been remodeled and now you can go there 24 hours a day on seven days a week.  The building is easy to find by turning off south Hwy 5 at the sign at the south end of the A.Y M. factory and go one block and it is on your left.  You will see all the little “Windows” that are marked for you to sort and deposit the items.  It is now self service.



Correction: Recycle day is Saturday. Feb. 9th. Sorry for my error.

January 29th, 2013

Catherine Kurimski Injured

January 29th, 2013

Catherine fell and broke her hip last week. Surgery was done and she will spend some weeks in recovery and physical therapy in an Albia care center. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Ballalatak and Chamberlain on Way to Recovery

Katherine Ballalatak after a respiratory illness and recovery in an Albia care center is back home.  We are happy she is back in Lovilia.

Mary Chamberlain who became sick at Christmas and has been in Albia in a care center is expected to come home in a few days.  We look forward to seeing you,  Mary.

Tim and Sandy Welsh move to Knoxville

Tim and Sandy have sold their rural home northwest of Lovilia to a family from State Center , Iowa.  The new owner works at a Pella factory and his wife is a national renowned rescue dog trainer.  We welcome them to the area.

Tim and Sandy have purchased and moved into a Knoxville home  which they are very excited about.

Gas N Go Closes Doors

The station had closed the store but now it has also closed down the self service gas pumps.  We will miss the local business which had been here many years.

Drug Ring

Law enforcement recently interrogated some Monroe County persons, jailed some, and apparently continues to try to close in on drug makers and sellers.  It appears little information is available at this time as they continue to investigate.

Recycle in Lovilia Saturday, Feb. 11

Recycle in Lovilia Feb. 11th from 8am -10am at the trailer parked across from the post office.

Here is a new, updated list on what can be brought for recycling:

1.  Card  board : corrugated and chipboard(example cereal box) boxes must be clean, flat, and empty

2.  Glass:  all colors: wash out the items, take lids off, can not accept plate glass, no window glass, no mirrors, and no light bulbs

3. Newspaper: bagged separate from other items

4. Magazines: glossy paper magazines-bagged separate from other items

5.  Books:  paper back and hard cover books

6. shredded office paper:  bagged and tied shut

7. clean office paper: white paper letters, no envelopes

8. Mixed office paper:  envelopes,. colored paper, junk mail (bagged separate from other items.  No gift wrap, no foam coffee cups and no foam items.

9.  Tin cans:  wash out can with soapy water, remove label, NO AEROSOL(SPRAY) CANS, NO ALUMINUM PIE OR BAKING PANS AND NO TIN FOIL CAN BE ACCEPTED.

10. Plastic with recycle numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,& 7. We accept #6 if it is clear and see through but not #6 styrofoam such as white or colored store coffee cups or packing materials.  Rinse  containers before recycling. remove lids and drop them in your storage container.  (lids must be off so plastic can be flattened and baled). Do not accept auto fluids containers, no oil containers, and no antifreeze containers or other hazardous chemical containers.

All 10 categories must be kept separated so we can process and sell them.

No plastic bags accepted.(Return these to the stores that gave them to you, please.)

Hope to see our recyclers on Feb. 11th, Sat.  All new persons are welcome to recycle.  It is free!



Reminder: Lovilia All School Reunion is this June

January 12th, 2013

June 9, Sunday is the day, so mark your calendars and save this special date.
The school reunion will be held at the Lovilia Community Building.

More details will appear here as I find them out.
Remember June 9, 2013, Sunday!!! Hope to see you all there.

Correction to Lovilia Press story

December 1st, 2012

Stephen said the correct address is: www.TheLoviliaPress.org

Guest from North Pole Recycles!!

Guess who was at the Albia recyling center today? Santa and Mrs. Claus. Wow! He took time out from his busy day of Breakfast with Santa, treats to hand out at the Christmas movie, and being in a Victorian Stroll window to recycle his newspapers, magazines, cardboard, glass jars, cans, and plastic., etc. what a role model. He made me so proud!!

Remember you can recycle in Lovilia next Saturday, Dec. 8th from 8am-10am across from the post office.  See you there.

Lovilia Casey’s Remodeling is Complete

Changes include:

2 new handicap accessible bathrooms. one for women and one for men and both have a diaper changing table so mom or dad can safely change baby! What a nice service for parents.

a walk in beer cooler

liquor and wine available

soft serve ice cream

submarine sandwiches


Lottery tickets for sale

office space for the manager to “manage ” in

These are all attractive and useful additions to expand shoppers choices.  Drop in and visit it soon.

New Website to search for Geneology of Lovilia Residents from Old Lovilia Press Clippings

November 26th, 2012

Go to: www.iamonroe.org/LoviliaPress

You can search by year or by first initial of a person’s last name. Included are births, marriages, and obituaries.

I enjoyed searching for fun even though I am not working on family history at this time.

We can thank Stephen Stewart for creating this site.  I am sure it took a great deal of time and talent and devotion to bring it to reality.  If you have questions, you may reach him at this email address:  stewart@iowatelecom.net.

Engagements Announced

Wesley Beary and Jenny Noyce of  Eau Claire, Wisconsin announce their marriage plans for 2013.  He proposed  Thanksgiving Day.  Both are currently living and working in Iowa City, Iowa.

Teresa Beary and Paul White of Dallas, Texas announce their marriage plans for 2013.  He proposed in October.  Both are currently living and working in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Best wishes to you all.

Morgan Beary’s Car Damaged by Collision with a Deer

Saturday evening when leaving Lovilia to return to Des Moines, he encountered deer crossing Hwy 5 and removed his foot from the accelerator but before he could slow down a large deer crossed the road and crashed with the car.  Severely injured but still alive the police put the animal down.  A tow truck was summoned and removed the car from the highway.  Morgan was not injured but the air bag did deploy.  Several good samaritans stopped to provide assistance which Morgan appreciated.  He was not injured except for light bruising from impact from the air bag.


St. Peter’s Catholic Church Picnic Results

November 5th, 2012

The picnic served 237 meals. We want to thank all those who came to eat and share the day.

Winner of the silent auction quilt was Ruby Johnson who purchased it for $225.

Winners of the raffle prizes were:
$500 Jim McGinn
$300 Anne Crosson
$200 Tara Lenger
$100 Myrtle Kurimski
$100 JoAnn Provenzano
$100 Tammy Zanoni
$100 Margaret Beakler
$100 Jerry Wynn
One winner was from California others from out of town , and some winners from Lovilia. Thanks to all who purchased tickets to support our fund raising efforts.

God Bless you all and we hope to see you next year!

Oct. 4, 2012 United Methodist Women Guest Day

October 22nd, 2012

Guest day luncheon and music was at the Lovilia Community Building. Music was provided by Beth Hunter, a well known singer from Albia. Fifty women attended from several local churches and enjoyed their visit together.


Annual Crop Walk

Several people participated this year and raised $509 to feed hungry people around the world.  Good job walkers!


Family Celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary and a Wedding on the Same Day

Ron and Judy Conner were married 50 years ago on October 14, 1962. The ceremony was at the Lovilia Methodist Church with Linda Weldon as maid of honor and best man was Ed Weldon.  Ed is Judy’s brother and Linda is his wife.

Ron and Judy were blessed with three daughters.  Lisa who is married to Steve Gilkerson  has three children:  Justin, Alyssa, and Hannah,  and  lives in Bussey, Iowa. Angie has two sons:  Colby and Kile.  Angie is  living in Albia, Iowa.  Melanie is married to Kurt Teare and has two children:  Madison and Maysa, and they make their home in Pella, Iowa.

To make the day extra special, Angie chose that day this year for her wedding to Jim Henderson.  A beautiful blessing on Ron and Judy’s 50 years of marriage was included in the wedding celebration.

In addition, their first grandchild, Justin Gilkerson, celebrated his birthday on this date.

Best wishes to the whole family for a day so special in so many ways!

October 19, 2012 Post Office Future Meeting

At 2:30pm a public meeting was held at the post office to discuss changes in service. Several men and women were in attendance to hear the report and ask questions.

478 surveys were mailed to postal patrons and 148 responded. Of those answering, 82% wanted to keep the post office in Lovilia open.

No changes will be made until after the first of the year as they do not make changes during the busy holiday mail season.  Changes could take effect in Jan. or later.  New hours will be 8am-noon or near that time period.  The window to buy stamps , etc. will be open that entire time and the clerk will also be putting up the mail into the boxes then too.

We will be notified 30 days before the change in hours goes into effect.

Mail will continue to be picked up from the blue box out front of the office everyday but Sunday at 4pm and mailed out.

A new box will be placed in the lobby to hold packages that are too large for the letter boxes and a key will be provided so persons can get their package even when the clerk is gone.

October 24, 2012 United Methodist Soup Supper

Supper will be starting 5pm and go to 7pm unless they run out before 7.  There will be soups and homemade pies.  Free will donations will be taken to pay for your meals.

October 30th Lovilia Trick or Treat Night

Children are asked to seek out the treats between the hours of 6-8pm.  on Tuesday evening.  Spooky fun for all and walk and drive safely to prevent harm to any goblins and ghosts!

November 8th  4-H Club Soup Supper

Bluff Creek Progressive club will have a soup supper Nov. 8th at the Lovilia Community building starting at 5pm.  Chili soup is the specialty.  Buy your meal with a free will donation.  Donations help the club by supplies and help fund field trips.