Virginia Upah

Born on Jun 21, 1936
Departed on Sep 3, 2020

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Virginia Marie (Formanek) Upah, 84 died Thursday, September 3, 2020 at The Views of Marion, Iowa, after a short illness. Funeral Mass at 10:00 am Saturday, September 5, at St. Jude Catholic Church, by the Rev. Mark Murphy.  Interment: St. Joseph’s Cemetery immediately following.  As mandated by proclamation, social distancing must be practiced which requires a limited number of people to be allowed into the service at one time. The use of facemask or shields is required. Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include, 7 children, Jeff (Denise) Upah, Joel Upah of Cedar Rapids, Jerry (Lori) Upah of Oskaloosa, Jennifer (Larry) Hanson, of Fairfax, Janette (Ed) Roehrich of Marion, James (Chris) Upah of Cedar Rapids, Jason Upah of Marion. Grand-daughters, Holly, Shannon, Crystal, Andrea and Abby. Grandsons, Jesse, Andrew, Adam, Noah, Cristian, and 18 Great-Grandchildren.

Virginia was preceded in death by husband James, daughter, Jessica and grandson Larry Jr., her parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Virginia was born June 21, 1936 to Emil and Sylvia Formanek.  Virginia graduated from Chelsea HS. She married James Upah in Belle Plaine on June 11, 1955.Virgina was employed for many years by Me Too and Hy Vee Grocery Stores. She was an accomplished seamstress and received many awards at the State Fair.  She loved sewing with Grateful Grannies, at St. Jude parish, planting beautiful flower gardens. She was an excellent cook, baker and was well known for her famous chocolate chip cookie. Virginia was a very social person and a friend to all she knew and met. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to The Views in Marion for the loving care they gave Virginia. Please leave a message for the family on our webpage under obituaries.  

Memorials sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or St. Jude Catholic Church in memory of Virginia.