Win Free Groceries for a Year

October 4th, 2012

Farm Bureau is sponsoring this contest along with corn growers, pork producers and Midwest Dairy Associations.

You can register to win if you go on line and enter by Oct. 31st.

I believe there are eight farmers (men and women) who are highlighted and you can see a video virtual tour of all eight farms. It was interesting to see up close the new technologies being used today on the farm to grow crops and protect the land. You can enter each time you watch one farmer’s tour. So you can get 8 entries to get a chance to win and learn something fun to boot.

One farmer is from Monroe County which makes it neat. The farmer is Tim Kaldenberg.

Go to this site to enter:

Lovilia St. Peter’s Annual Dinner is October 14, Sunday

September 30th, 2012

We decided several months ago to move the dinner away from the heat of July to the cool day of a fall Sunday for the comfort of our guests and our workers. We hope you will like the change and join us for the food and fun.

Raffle prizes are $500 cash, $300 cash, $200 cash, and five prizes of $100 cash. Tickets are $2.50 each for a chance to win the cash prizes. You can buy tickets that day at the church hall or in advance from any church member.

We have a beautiful hand quilted quilt donated by Sharon Stoffer, a church member from Bussey. It is blue and white and will fit a full or queen sized bed. There will be a silent auction bidding for it. So write down your offer and see if you can buy this beautiful artwork.

The women will have a country market from 10am-1pm. Items for sale will be homemade noodles made by the St. Peter’s women, baked goods, jam, jelly, flower and vegetable seeds, etc. Come and purchase your favorite treat.

Dinner menu is roast beef, ham, homemade noodles, green beans, pasta salad, coleslaw, rolls and pies and other mouth watering desserts. Dinner tickets are $8 each for adults, $4 for children aged 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.

Dinner is served from 11am-1pm.

Mass is at 10:30am.

Country Market from 10am-1pm

Auction at 1pm

Raffle drawings at Auction’s end.

Danny Warren Bunch died Sept. 10, 2012

September 13th, 2012

Danny is the son of George and Barbara (Baird) Bunch who are former Lovilia residents and who now reside in Albia, Iowa.

Danny, age 49, passed away at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1963 in Albia. He went to elementary school in Lovilia and later at Smith Warren in Ottumwa. He graduated in 1984 from Albia High School. His interests were NASCAR and computers.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Lynda(Jeff) Niffenegger of Urbandale and her two children.

Services are Sat., Sept.15, 2012 at Tharp Funeral Home, Albia, Iowa. No visitation is planned. Burial to follow at Woodlawn in Lovilia, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. or Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside.

May he rest in peace.

 Writers featured in the Hospice of Monroe County Newsletter Have Lovilia Ties

Rose Conner, widow of Ron Conner, wrote of their experience with hospice while Ron lived and died with bone cancer.  It is a well written and compassionate piece about Ron and hospice care.  Ron was the step son of Viola Conner which many of you will remember.  And many of you went to school with Ron.

Kim Murph, registered nurse with hospice and licensed massage therapist, writes of all the benefits of massage to patients.  This includes pain relief, preventing bed sores, improving circulation, and improving patient comfort in many ways.

Kim is the daughter of the late Bill Slofkosky and of Donna Gass Slofkosky Shelford of Lovilia.

30th Wedding Anniversary for Bob and Loita Williams

September 8th, 2012

Bob and Loita were married on Sept. 25, 30 years ago (1982). The wedding was at the Methodist Church in Albia, Iowa. Pam Barnes (Selby), her sister, was maid of honor and Randy Beary, Bob’s cousin ( son of Larry and Joan Beary), was best man.

They have lived on main street at 1104 South E Avenue for many years. This house was originally Frank and Maggie Barnes’ home ( Loita’s grandparents). They have worked steadily to refurbish the property and it is in excellent condition.

Their marriage has been blessed with three children: Sadie, Katie, and Christian. Sadie is married to a high school sweetheart from Twin Cedars school, William Dykstra. They have two children.

We wish you many more happy years together Bob and Loita!

Theme Park for Everyone Including Disabled and Wheelchair Occupants Now Open in San Antonio, Texas

Gordon Hartman has a daughter with mental and physical disabilities and decided with his skills as a home builder and friends in the skilled trades to build an all inclusive park that would be wheel chair accessible.

The theme park is named Morgan’s Wonderland.  There is a carousal that allows people in wheelchairs to float up and down like those riding the carousal horses.  There is a sensory free village for those who can not tolerate bright lights and loud noises.  There is a wheelchair accessible sandbox.  A train ride which is completely wheelchair accessible travels almost a mile around the park’s lake for the fun of the visitors.

The park is free to those with disabilities so no one is excluded due to cost.  Admission for adults who accompany a disabled person is $15,  $10 for children, and $10 for seniors and military members.

The park opened in April 2010.  One boy in a wheel chair said his favorite thing at the park was the swings which wheel chairs can use.  He said it was the first time he could swing like other kids and it meant so much to him to experience that.

To learn hours of park use or make a donation go to

Please pass the word about this exciting opportunity for anyone you know who could enjoy this chance to ride the rides and play for a day!


St Peter’s Catholic Church Annual Picnic to Be  Oct. 14th

Mark your calendar for the yummy homemade luncheon, auction,  raffles, and country store.  Even some games and fun in the plan too.  A beautiful blue and white quilt pieced by Sharon Stoffer, one of our members from Bussey, will be sold in a silent auction that day.  The quilt was hand quilted by the quilting ladies in Ottumwa St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  Sharon generously donated the quilt to the fundraiser.

William “Bill” Papich Died August 15,2012

August 23rd, 2012

Bill is the son of Stanley and Katherine Jackovich Papich. He was born in Lovilia on December 24, 1929. Stank and Katie will be remembered for running Papich Grocery in the south end of Lovilia all their married lives.

Bill had graduated from American Institute of Technology in Des Moines, Iowa and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

His wife of 56 years is Sally Southwick Papich. They have a son William of Decatur, Alabama. They also have three daughters. Julie Wooten of Rogers, Arkansas; Pam Papich of Jonesboro, Arkansas; Kathy Cherryholmes of Collierville, Tennessee.

Bill’s brother Stan survives and lives in Bloomington, New York. His sister, Dorothy Crum, lives  in Iowa City, Iowa.

Bill and Sally have five grandchildren.

Bill retired from working for Southwestern Power Administration Department of Energy. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. His pastimes were gardening, hunting, and fishing, and Wednesday poker with the guys.

Services were held Aug. 18, 2012 at his church in Jonesboro. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Rosary and family visitation was the night before at Emerson Funeral Home chapel.

John and Judy Johnson Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

August 4th, 2012

John and Judy were married on August 5, 1962. They have three children: Tammy, Terry, and Tony. They both graduated from Lovilia High School and ran an insurance business here for many years and then moved the business and their residency to Albia. Best Wishes on your special day and may you enjoy many more years together.

Steve Bunch Made General Manager

Steve Bunch of Lovilia has been hired to be general manager of Motor Inn of Knoxville Auto Group (previously DeVore Motors).  They will sell GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.  The company will sell new and used cars and trucks.  The  location is at 1705 N. Lincoln (hwy 14).  Congratulations Steve and best wishes with the new company.

Ottumwa Courier headline story July 20, 2012 Front Page on Lovilia Ranch

The DeCook family bought the farmland west of Lovilia and are raising buffalo there.  Mike DeCook says they want to protect the land and seed native prairie plants there.  The buffalo are raised as grass fed organic bison and they currently have 80 head. The first bison came there in December 2011. Currently bison meat commands a higher price than beef and the bison eat less than beef so it makes good business sense.  There are 800 acres of pasture. Many of the fences have been removed to have more open space but there is electric fencing to keep the herd on the land.  Drive by and you will most likely see them grazing.  A new thing for our area of the state.


Jack Shelford Funeral Mass July 27, 2012

August 1st, 2012

Jack’s mass of Christian burial was at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic church, Lovilia, Iowa. Officiating was Father Patrick Lumsden. Music was furnished by Julie Bettis. Pallbearers were: Bill Slofkosky, Ross Shelford, Mark Murphy, Zeke Murphy, Bill Murray, and Austin Peterson. Memorials were directed to Hospice of Monroe County.  Military rites after mass were led by American Legion of Albia, Lovilia, and Melrose.  Jack will be cremated and burial will be at a later date.

Jack Dale Shelford was born September 7, 1932 in Melcher, Iowa to Rube and Minnie (Lemonds) Shelford.

Jack was a graduate of Lovilia High School.  He enlisted in the United States Army in 1952.  He was a Prison Guard at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and also a dog trainer at Fort Carson, Colorado.

His marriage in 1952 to Doris Baker was blessed with four boys: Steve, Greg, Tony, and Michael.

Jack worked for John Morrells meat packing company for 22 years and then worked for Albia Rural electric until he retired in 1984.

He married Donna Slofkosky in 1981.  Jack was a member of the Catholic Church in Lovilia, the American Legion in Albia, and he was an avid mushroom hunter, fisherman, and hunter.

He is survived by his wife Donna of Lovilia. And his son Greg of Knoxville as well as Greg’s wife and their children KayLee and Ross.  He is also survived by his stepchildren, his brother Don of Lovilia, and many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, children:  Steve, Tony, and Michael, brother Dean Shelford, and sister Joan Loncarich.

May you now rest in eternal peace, Jack


Martha Sweem Retires as Lovilia Post Mistress

Last Friday was Martha’s last day to serve at the Lovilia office.  She had worked faithfully there serving the customers for 23 years.  She was always helpful to answer questions and did an efficient job.

I always liked to see what the stamp choices were so she would have to dig out five or six choices for me so I could pick the new cool stamps.  She very patiently did that for me the “picky” person who found the flag stamp fine but I wanted something new.

S he would say,” Could you tell that company/ person that your address is a PO Box not a street address, please?”   I  can understand that would speed sorting time.

Some of us would talk her leg off since she was a captive audience.  We didn’t have to buy a beer at the tavern or pay a counselor so we benefited and she patiently put up with us.  Her advice was always encouraging.

Martha, we wish you a relaxing and healthy retirement.  Don’t forget us!  We won’t forget you.

60th Wedding Anniversary Today

July 19th, 2012

Gerald and Beverly Sofranko are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today, July 19, 2012.
May you celebrate the day with lovely family memories. Happy Anniversary!!

Weller Picnic August 4, 2012, Saturday

July 18th, 2012

The Weller bunch will meet at Weller 11am-5pm. Lunch served at 11:30am. Menu: pork loin, brats, side dishes, soda, iced tea, and lemonade.
There will be live country and Irish music as well as Traditional Irish dancing. Bringing your own lawn chairs is essential or if you prefer a blanket to sit on. You are welcome to bring your own coolers too. Everyone is welcome!!

Rain Dances Welcome

We are seriously in need of rain in Lovilia and on the farms of our area.  If you know the fabulous footwork to bring the rain drops down like cats and dogs, we welcome you to start the dance now if not sooner!!  I pity my parents who were kids in the nineteen twenties and thirties when there were no ice cubes and no refrigerators.  I think I will start hugging my frig every morning.  And thank the good Lord and the electric company for keeping it humming.  Remember to be thankful for the good stuff-  it could always be worse.

Rita Kathleen Fowler Betts Died July 8,2012

July 17th, 2012

Rita was born in Lovilia, Iowa on September 23, 1932. Her parents were Charles and Nelle Fowler(deceased now). Her older siblings (all deceased now) are Charles, Lois and Jeri.
Rita graduated from the University of Iowa and served as a Registered Radiologic Technologist for forty years. She married Robert Betts and they made their home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were blessed with three children: James, Julie, and John. She has seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Besides her family she enjoyed bridge, bowling, and jazz music. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name would be appreciated for the St. Benedict the Moor Parish, Meal Program, 1015 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.

May she now rest in peace.