December 25, 1923 ~ September 4, 2012
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.