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Conesville Church Closure Like ‘Losing a Person'

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CONESVILLE, Iowa (AP) — After 113 years, the Conesville Methodist Church is closing and some expect the historic structure in eastern Iowa will eventually be demolished.

On Saturday, church members hosted a sale of some church items. The church is for sale, too, but so far there haven’t been any offers.

Lay Leader Terri Fitchner told the Muscatine Journal the closure reflects an aging congregation and no new members. There also has been a troublesome bat infestation.

Fitchner says most members will go to the Methodist church in nearby Nichols.

Although the building is for sale, Fitchner says she thinks it’s “doomed to destruction.”

After attending the church since the 1960s, 73-year-old Kay Hill, says leaving it is “like you’re losing a person.”

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