Shirley Formaro Obituary

Shirley Ann Formaro
Shirley Ann Formaro

August 17, 1929 - March 11, 2015
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Shirley Ann (Swisher) Formaro, 85, passed away March 11, 2015 at Taylor House Hospice. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, E. 33rd Street and Easton Blvd. Des Moines. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m., Friday at Iles Grandview Park Chapel, with a Vigil Service and rosary to follow.

Shirley was born August 17, 1929 in Des Moines, the daughter of John and Cecil Swisher. She graduated from Des Moines Technical High School. Sixty years ago, she married the love of her life, James Formaro and they made their home in Des Moines.

Shirley (known to her family as "Nana") was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a multi-talented crafter including, macramé, gardening (except for the canning), ceramics, cake decorating, seamstress, all forms of needlework and drawing and sketching. In her later years, she enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, and playing cards with her friends at the Four Mile Senior Center. Her greatest joy, however, was her family.

Shirley is survived by her husband, James; five children, LuAnn (Gary) Gilbert, Karen Formaro, Carmella Rose (Jim) Sankey, John Formaro and Jim Formaro all of Des Moines. Nana also has 12 grandchildren, Michael, Laura, Steven, Johnny, Joey, Toby, Maria, Billy, Barbie, Kayla, Andrea, and Tiara; 18 great grandchildren, Kaylee, Emma, Chloe, Elle, Ean, Toby, Elizabeth, Billi, Zack, Chandler, Carmella, Vincent, Carson, Carynn, Kylin, Remy, Mya, and Aryanna; two great grandchildren on the way and her sister, Sherry Voiles of Altoona. She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, John Swisher, Virginia Talken and Patricia Allgood.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Friday, March 13, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
3300 Easton Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50317
Saturday, March 14, 2015
10:30 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, March 14, 2015


St. Joseph Catholic Church
3300 Easton Boulevard
Des Moines, IA US 50317