Arnold L. Maravetz
December 13, 1920 ~ September 20, 2012
Arnold L. Maravetz, age 91, of Elma, IA, died on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. Arnold Lewis was born on December 13, 1920 to Lewis and Louise (Shimek) Maravetz on a farm near Lourdes, IA. He attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy at Elma in 1940. Arnold owned and operated Arnold’s Tavern, now known as the Blue Bird, from 1945-1947. In 1947, Arnold opened his first auto body shop. After a fire in 1949, he rebuilt the shop in its current location, operating it for 60+ years. In his later years he participated in the restoration of antique tractors and retiring at the age of 90. In 1950, Arnold met Bernadette Malek; the couple was united in marriage on August 12, 1950 in Cresco, IA. They made their home in Elma where they raised their two children and operated the auto shop together. Arnold enjoyed fishing, gardening, fishing, making toys and more fishing. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, served on the Parish Council; a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus; a member of the Elma Fire Department, where he served as Chief at one time as well as serving on the Elma Town Council. Arnold is survived by his children, Mark (Theresa) Maravetz of Albuquerque, NM and Marlys (Jens) Wiegand of West Linn, OR; two grandsons, Scott and Jeff; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray (Ann) Maravetz of Riceville, IA; one sister, Marjorie (Leo) Weber of Charles City, IA and one brother-in-law, Dick Nicholson of Osage, IA He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernadette and two sisters, Evelyn and Clementine. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Elma. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm, Monday, September 24, 2012 with a rosary at 4:30pm and a Scriptural Wake Service at 7:00pm at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be on at 10:30, Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Steve Garner celebrating the mass.