The Ottumwa Courier

January 8, 2013

Lawrence Bernard, 87, Albia


ALBIA — Lawrence “Lollie” Amoss Bernard, 87, of Albia, died Jan. 7, 2013, at Monroe Care Center in Albia.

Lollie was born Jan. 6, 1926, to Pete and Isabel (Amoss) Bernard in Hocking. He married Mary Brisky Aug. 12, 1950, and to this union three children were born, William, Mark and Jeffrey.

Lollie graduated from Albia High School, where he was also a charter member of the Albia FFA. He joined the United States Army and served during the Korean War. After attending American Institute of Business in Des Moines, he was a bookkeeper for Goode Seed and Feed before working for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years as a mail carrier, where he became a part of the Million Mile Club.

 Lollie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and Retired Federal Employees. He was one of the founding fathers of Monroe County Little League and helped build the first ballpark. He served as president and board member of the Rathbun Area Babe Ruth League and was a member of the Albia Community School Board from 1972-78. Lollie served as mayor of Albia for four years, stepping down in 1993. He also served on the Low Rent Housing Board, was a member of the REC board of directors and received the Ambassadors Special Recognition Award from the Albia Chamber of Commerce in 1993.

Lollie loved his community and was inducted into Albia’s Hall of Fame in 1994 for his outstanding service.

Lollie is survived by his wife, Mary of Albia; two sons, William (Mary) Bernard of Marquette, Mich., and Jeffrey (Madlen) Bernard of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four loving nieces. Lollie is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Susan Bernard of Ankeny.

He was preceded by his parents, Pete and Isabel; a son, Mark; and a brother, John.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia with Fr. Michael E. Volkmer, C.PP.S. officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Albia with military rites provided by the American Legion of Albia, Lovilia and Melrose.

Visitation will open to the public at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Lollie’s family present throughout the day and evening. A rosary will be led at 4 p.m., provided by St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society, with a Christian Wake Service beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Welcome Home Soldier Memorial or to the Albia Sports Complex.

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