John McAvoy

john mcavoy
John McAvoy, age 88, of Elma, IA died Tuesday, September 04, 2012 at Colonial Manor in Elma. John James McAvoy was born on December 25, 1923 to James and Margarite (Kennedy) McAvoy in Elma, IA. Jack attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Elma High School in 1942. After his graduation Jack farmed with his father near Elma. On October 24, 1953 he was united in marriage to Lois Kolbet at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA. The couple farmed and raised their eight children in the Elma area. In 1961 Jack was employed at Oliver in Charles City for several years while he continued farming. He retired from farming in 1995 and moved into Elma. Jack enjoyed baseball, cards, dancing, fishing, Hawkeye sports, White Sox baseball, bowling, farming, and being with his family. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma and the Knights of Columbus. Jack is survived by his wife Lois of Elma, his children, Frank (Pat) McAvoy of Ft. Dodge, Carolyn Cozzolino of Camanche, Joni (Joe) Palmersheim of Atkins, Mary (Don) Hildman of Britt, Karla Gardner of Mason City, Beth (Mitch) Zadow of Britt, Mike (special friend Toni) McAvoy of Aredale, Jim McAvoy of Alta Vista; sister, Marlene Hogan of Waterloo, fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Joe McAvoy, sister, Jean Nosbish and granddaughter Melissa Palmersheim. Cemetery: Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Elma. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012 with a rosary at 4:30pm and a scritural wake service at 7:30pm at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Friday. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30am on Friday, September 7, 2012 at Immaculate Conception church in Elma with Father Steve Garner celebrating.

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  1. Lois & family, our most sincere sympathy to all of you. You are in our thoughts & prayers. John & Marlys Recker

  2. Lois and family.
    I’m thinking of you all on this sad day. Hold close the memories of Jack and the comfort of one another.

  3. Dear Lois, and Family, Our deepest Sympathy to all. Many memories of Jack and You together. God be with all of you at this time. Love Lois and Don

  4. Dear Mc Avoy Family,
    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you all have our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. God just gained another angel.
    Love, Daryl and Lou Ann Eberhart

  5. Lois & family–
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you–I have lots of great memories of being with the McAvoy family growing up–take care and you are in our prayers–
    Steve & Rosalie

  6. Lois and Family,
    Our sympathy to you all. Hold fast to all your wonderful memories.
    Louise and Donn Harros

  7. Dear Lois & Family….Sorry to hear of your loss. Remembering back to all our younger years….your family was family to both my son & myself….Thank you for that. My deepest sympathy to your family,you are all in thought & prayer…Kim

  8. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

  9. To Mike and his family, We are sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you. From Randy, Vicki, Clay, Jackie, Caleb and Alli

  10. I was sorry to hear of Jack’s passing, my deepest sympathy……
    May God give you all peace and comfort

  11. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. You have so many wonderful memories of Jack that will keep you strong through this tough time.

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