Tornado strikes parish cemetery


Sharon Crall
St. Mary’s Cemetery in Albia sustained significant damage after an EF-1 tornado tore through the community last month. Members of the Albia parish, along with members of nearby parishes, rallied to right gravestones that had been blown over or shifted by the storm, as well as remove branches and fallen trees from the cemetery. The crucifix statue above, which welcomed cemetery visitors for about 100 years, was damaged beyond repair. One parish member’s business was heavily damaged by the storm, as well, and members of nearby Georgetown and Lovilia parishes sustained damaged to their homes. However, local Catholics say they are fortunate that no one was seriously injured or killed in the tornado. “God spared us the worst tragedy and we offer prayers of thanksgiving,” said Sharon Crall, RCIA coordinator and pastoral minister of the parish.

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