Josephine “Jo” Bertha Purvis, 88, of Iowa Falls, Iowa passed away Wednesday October 11, 2017 at Scenic Manor of the Scenic Living Communities in Iowa Falls. Funeral services for Josephine Purvis will be 11:00 am, Monday, October 16, 2017 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Iowa Falls; 520 College Ave; Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126. A time of visitation will be from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Monday, October 16, 2017, also at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Iowa Falls. Burial will be held at a later date in Wellsburg Reformed Church Cemetery of Wellsburg, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the family at: Josephine Purvis Memorial; ℅ Linn’s Funeral Home; 1521 Washington Ave.; Iowa Falls, IA 50126. The Linn's Funeral Home in Iowa Falls is helping the family with arrangements.
Josephine “Jo” Bertha Gross was born July 4, 1929 to Gottfried “Fred” and Caroline [Thorne] Gross in Marshalltown, Iowa. She graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1946. Josephine’s first husband, Elmer Finke, preceded her in death. She was a bookkeeper for Potgeter Elevator before working at The People’s Savings Bank in Wellsburg for many years until her retirement in 1981. Josephine was united in marriage to Harold Ervin Purvis on September 20, 1981 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
Josephine “Jo” Bertha Purvis is survived by her sister: Katherine Lindaman of Wellsburg, Iowa; three step daughters: Barbara Kuhlman of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Karen Hesser of Boone, Iowa, and Debbra [Don] Laneville of Medina, Ohio; nine step grandchildren; 18 step great-grandchildren; two nephews: Vince [Roxanne] Lindaman of Ackley, Iowa and Tim [Lisa] Lindaman of Hubbard, Iowa; a niece: Nancy [Bill] Levesque of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; and seven grand nieces and nephews. Josephine Bertha Purvis was preceded in death by her parents: Gottfried “Fred” and Caroline Gross; a brother in infancy; her first husband: Elmer Finke, her second husband: Harold Ervin Purvis; four sons in infancy; son-in-law: Ron Kuhlman; brothers-in-law: Harold Lindaman and Bob Buckles.