Bernice E. Lovejoy

June 1, 1915 - July 11, 2009

06/01/1915 - 07/11/2009

Past Services

Wednesday July 01, 2009
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, OH 43947
Monday July 13, 2009
Giffin Park Church
St. Clairsville, OH 43950

BERNICE ELNORA LOVEJOY, 94, of Neffs, OH, died Saturday, July 11, 2009 at her home.

She was born June 1, 1915 in McClainsville, OH, a daughter of the late Fred and Gladys Nelan Kinder.

Bernice was a homemaker, a member of the Coalbrook Presbyterian Church, she founded the Ladies Auxiliary of the Neffs Fire Department, was the first den-mother for the cub scouts in Neffs, was the first librarian of the Neffs Public Library, and for 66 years starting at age 14 was a pen pal with Ion Lewis.

In addition to her parents, Bernice was preceded in death by her husband John R. “Jump” Lovejoy in 2008, 2 brothers, Fred and Wilbur Kinder and several nieces and nephews.

Surviving are 3 children; Kathie Don Barnes of Neffs, Karen Rodney “Hutch” Kovacs of Flushing, John Carol Lovejoy of Jewett, OH, a brother in law, Dr. Bill “Tike” Lovejoy of Brevard, NC, 3 grandsons; Jeremy Tate Kelly Barnes of Copley, OH, Matthew Shannon Kovacs of Flushing Joseph Natalie Kovacs of Bethesda, OH, a great granddaughter, Gwendolyn Kovacs, several nieces and nephews and also her caretakers.

There will be no visitation.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Lovejoy residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 St. Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943, Neffs Fire Department, PO Box 227, Neffs, OH, 43940, or the Coalbrook Presbyterian Church, 53611 Pike Street, Bellaire, OH, 43906.

Arrangements by the Bauknecht Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 441-37th St. Bellaire, OH, 43906.

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Kelly Piatt Hess
7 years ago

Kathy, Don and Tate and family,

I was saddened to hear of your loss. Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. I know I haven’t seen any of you for some time but please know your family is in my thoughts every step of the way.

~Kelly Piatt Hess

Steve and MaryJo Zacchini Kurko
7 years ago

My dearest friend Kathie and extended Lovejoy family: Your mother left this world a better place for having you—-she had to be so very proud of your life and I know you all were very proud of the extraordinary life she led. It was remarkable to read of her many years of service and sacrifice to the community of Neffs. What an amazing journey her life had to be and now you know she is with your Dad again. Take some comfort in that, my friend. She will still be with you, looking over and guarding all of you and she can wear a badge of honor for the loving family that she raised and the legacy that will continue to live. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences to everyone she loved……..

Love, MaryJo and Steve Kurko

Bellaire, Ohio 43906