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Judy A. Formanek, 74

June 3, 2016
Traer Star-Clipper

Judy Ann Formanek, 74, of Chelsea, IA passed away with her three children by her side following a sudden illness Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Per Judy's wishes a private family gathering will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Judy Ann was born August 28, 1941 on the family farm in rural Tama County, the daughter of Raymond and Leona (Kucera) Bennett. She graduated in 1959 from Chelsea High School. On February 27, 1960 Judy married Richard Emil Formanek at St. Micheal's Church in Belle Plaine. Together the couple bought her family's farm in 1961, where she had lived to the current date. She worked as a farm wife, a housekeeper at the casino and a nursing home in Toledo.

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Judy is survived by her children, Steven (Kelly Jo) Formanek of Belle Plaine, Rob Formanek of Chelsea, and Kelly (Dennis) Deke of Traer; 3 brothers, Gene, Gary "Guy", and Eldon "Osh" Bennett; grandchildren, Richard Dean Formanek, Shawn (Britney) Formanek, Sterling Kay Schmitt (Alex), and Kalan Richard Deke; great-grandchildren, Brianna Griffith, Alexys, Zachary and Logan Formanek, Savy Kay Schmitt and many more loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Emil Formanek (1982); and sister, Janice Bartachek.

Judy enjoyed maintaining her farm, gardening, flowers and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. *



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