Velma Slofkosky Schleier | Obituaries

Velma Irene Schabilion was born on August 23, 1920 in Columbus City, Iowa, to Harold Merton and Viola Merle (Smith) Schabilion. After graduating from Columbus Junction High School in 1937, she attended the American Institute of Commerce in Davenport, Iowa.

She married Michael J. Slofkosky on July 4, 1946 and from this union were born four children: Carolyn, Larry, Paul and Kenneth. Velma and Michael owned and operated Slofkosky Hardware in Lovilia from 1946 to 1970. Michael predeceased her in 1970. From 1975 to 1984 Velma worked at First Financial Savings and Loan in Albia where she became office manager . Velma married John Schleier on May 17, 1980 until his death on June 27, 1983. She then married Larry Mishler on September 5, 2003 and moved to Knoxville. He predeceased her in death on May 18, 2008.

Survivors include her children: Carolyn (John) Lutz of The Villages, Florida; Larry (Sharon) Slofkosky of Spring Valley, California; Paul Slofkosky of Knoxville, Iowa and Kenneth (Lois) Slofkosky of Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren: Eric Lutz of Silver Springs, Maryland; Mark (Katie) Lutz of Brighton, Michigan; Emily (Derek) Fern from Morrison, Colorado and Michael (Helen) Slofkosky from Pleasant Hill, Iowa; six great-grandchildren: Andrew, William, Ainsley, Brody, Hayden and Violet. Nieces and nephews are also survivors: William (Dory) Schabilion of Bondurant, Iowa; Helen Schabilion of West Liberty, Iowa; James (Phyllis) Locke from Muscatine, Iowa and Robert Locke from Muscatine, Iowa.

Her parents precede her in death: Harold and Merle Schabilion; husband: Michael Slofkosky, John Schleier, Larry Mishler; sisters: Catherine Locke and Esther May Schabilion, brother: Dan Schabilion; nephew: Danny Schabilion; stepdaughter: Kathy Slofkosky; brothers-in-law: Howard Locke and Robert Westlake.

Velma was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She has also volunteered for Helping Hands, The Shared Food Program, and Monroe County Hospice. Velma enjoyed country music, cross stitch, bowling, bingo, fishing, playing cards, cruises, and sightseeing. She loved family reunions and cherished her grandchildren.

Visitations will be held at the Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia, Iowa on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, opening to the public at 3:00 p.m., and Velma’s family will be present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia. A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at the Saint-Pierre Catholic Church in Lovilia at 10:30 am on Wednesday January 12, 2022. Interment will be in the Saint-Pierre cemetery in Lovilia. Due to the highly contagious Omicron variant, the family requires all participants to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Memorials can be made at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, at the Welcome Home Memorial or at the Pella Comfort House Hospice. Services entrusted to Sinnott Funeral Homes and Crematorium.

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