Lois M. McAvoy

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Lois M. McAvoy, age 92, of Elma, IA passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at MercyOne in New Hampton, IA. A mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 AM on Friday, July 8, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Elma. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 3:30 PM Rosary. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Friday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Elma Emergency Services Building project. Lois Marie was born on March 14, 1930, the daughter of John and Caroline (Glaser) Kolbet in New Hampton. She attended school at St. Bernard’s Catholic High School. On October 24, 1953, Lois was united in marriage to John “Jack” McAvoy at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA. The couple farmed and raised their eight children in the Elma area. Lois worked at Colonial Manor for 26 years until her retirement in 2009. Lois enjoyed visiting with friends and playing cards. She and Jack danced many nights away. Her grandchildren loved taking home her fresh baked cookies and bread. Those left to cherish Lois’s memory are her children, Frank (Pat) McAvoy of Suntan Valley, AZ, Carolyn Cozzolino of Camanche, IA, Joni (Joe) Palmersheim of Atkins, IA, Mary (Don) Hildman of Britt, IA, Karla Gardner of Mason City, IA, Beth (Mitch) Zadow of Clear Lake, IA Mike McAvoy of Hawarden, IA, Jim (Joanne) McAvoy of Alta Vista; one sister, Lola Boss of Charles City, IA; 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was welcomed into heaven by her parents, her husband, John McAvoy on September 4, 2012; her brothers, Leonard, Laverne, Leo, Louis, Linus; sister, Luella and two grandchildren, Jay and Melissa.

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  1. It is with a heavy heart that I read of your mother’s passing. Such a sweet and vibrant person. Always had a smile and something nice to say. Heaven has gained a true angel.

  2. Our sympathy to all the McAvoy family. She was a good friend to my mom and a great person. May she rest in peace. LeRoy and Louise Cutsforth

  3. Such a sweet gal! She drove Johnny to school & I remember her & Lola being on our farm. Our sympathy to her family.

  4. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – Elma

  5. Your Mom’s amazing personality lives on through you. Sending you love during this difficult time.”

  6. On behalf of Denver Caldwell and your A&CS friends at John Deere, we would like to offer our sincere condolences to you and your family.

  7. Sending our prayers to her family. May her memories console you today. Jeanne and David Roder

  8. So sorry for your loss. Such a sweet lady. I know she will be missed but is at peace, and finally back with Jack.

  9. Lois was a wonderful friend. I will miss our talks on the phone. My condolences to all of the family.

  10. With Deepest Sympathy, All your Co-workers in Product Support and Customer Service at A&I

  11. Keep all the good memories close in your hearts! Lois and Jack raised a wild & crazy bunch of kids….and did a great job!!!!

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