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Blake-Doyle Funeral Home

226 West Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ

OBITUARY

Colette A. Formanek

13 March, 192921 May, 2020

Colette A. Formanek (nee Gannon) of Collingswood, NJ, age 91, passed peacefully on May 21, 2020.

Beloved wife of 53 years to the late Leonard F. Formanek. Born in 1929 in Philadelphia to the late Collette A. (Rowan) and William S. Gannon and raised during the Great Depression in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. Her father, an Army Sergeant in WWI and purple heart recipient, died at a young age, leaving her mother to raise six children as a single parent. Colette assumed the household and childcare responsibilities while her two older siblings left high school to work fulltime to sustain the family. She was the first child in her family to earn a high school diploma from Camden Catholic High School in 1947. Colette worked as a long-distance operator for Bell Telephone in the Bourse Building in Philadelphia. After her marriage in 1950, Colette raised her nine children over the span of four decades in Paulsboro, East Camden and Merchantville.

Colette is predeceased by two brothers, William and Henry Gannon, two sisters, Mary Orangers and Helen Simpson, and a brother-in law, Kenneth Orangers.

She is survived by her nine children, Colette (David) New of Tabernacle; Barbara (Charles Stevenson) Formanek of Williamsburg, VA; Judith (Theodore) Pettek of Toms River; Leonard (Sharon) of Charlotte, NC; Eileen (Charles) Gorman of Camden; Joseph (Cynthia) Formanek of Coopersburg, PA; Maria (Thomas) Murt of Hatboro, PA; Lisa (Patrick) Roche of Doylestown, PA; Michele (Stephen) Pedrani of Neshanic Station, and a legacy of 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Josephine Bak, two sisters-in-law, Rita and Ruth Gannon, two brothers-in-law, Walter Bak and James Simpson, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her devotion to her Catholic faith, and especially to the Blessed Mother, sustained her throughout her life. A proponent of Catholic education, Colette sent her nine children to attend St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School in East Camden, then later to St. Peter School in Merchantville, and Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill. She was most recently a parishioner of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, Saint Vincent Pallotti Church in Haddon Township.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Colette’s services will be private, and a celebration of her life will take place at a later date, TBD.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to BLAKE-DOYLE Funeral Home of Collingswood, NJ. Please leave your remembrances of Colette on BLAKE-DOYLE.com.

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Joe Gallagher

1 June 2020

Just read of Mrs Formanek's passing in the Retrospect and it brings back the good memories of growing up in East Camden. Having gone to St. Joe's grammar school with Leonard, I spent hours at the house on Westfield Ave. I remember Mrs Formanek as kind and a women of faith. May your many memories help to sustain you at this most difficult time.

Alan Foster

1 June 2020

Cousin Collette was married to my Mom's Cousin Lenny. They were extremely nice and fun-loving folks. They were kind, gracious, and loving. I believe they'd come over and play pinochle. It has been over forty years most likely. She was a blessing and Thank You, Father for the Love, Kindness, and Spirit of fellowship that you gave Collette. Amen. Peace and Love to all Formanek's!
With a heavy heart as I know you Love and miss Collette. But with Great joy She is with The Lord. So, Lift your hands up to where your comes from. Your Help comes from The Lord. Lets thank Him for Collette. Amen.

Denise Nahigian

29 May 2020

A rare photo of Grandmom holding a baby! This is Theresa Nahigian.

Denise Nahigian

29 May 2020

Grandmom, I don't have a 2000 character summary of the impact you've had on my life. As a child, I loved you for your kind and frank manner with kids--we had important and interesting things to say, and you were happy to listen. You were happy to come to every birthday, every graduation, every concert, every sacrament. You were unfailingly gracious. During the months we stayed with you--even when Dawn and I used the basement pipes as monkey bars--you were patient and gentle, with rarely ever a hint of annoyance. As I've grown, I've come to appreciate the incredible sacrifices you made for your family (I can only aspire to your level of organization and discipline), as well as the exemplary marriage you shared with Grandpop, who adored you to the very end. All I can say is, I've got a lot to learn. I'm praying for you now--please pray for me later. I love you.

Thomas Murt

27 May 2020

I was nervous when my wife, Maria, insisted that I get permission from her parents, Len and Colette, before we got engaged. I thought that such actions were no longer part of the 20th century. Maria assured me such protocol was necessary! Well, I sat with Len and Colette one night, and was very nervous. I told them I loved Maria very much and was curious if I could have permission to ask Maria to marry me. Colette was very happy and hugged me, and said, "Of course!" Len said, "Why don't you leave Maria here and take one of the others?" Colette was a loving mother and wife and an example to others about love of one's family, sacrifice, and devotion to one's spouse. Colette's passing is a great loss, but one consolation is that my wife, Maria, has some of her Mom's best attributes. Rest in peace, Mom.

Katie Murt

26 May 2020

Eileen Nahigian

26 May 2020

Such a wonderful obituary. You were all so well blessed with your Mom and Grandmom. Keep her proud! I pray she rests in peace.

Katie Murt

26 May 2020

My Grandmom Colette was a kind, classy, and intelligent woman. She loved many things, and chief among them was her family. I know in my heart that she is elated to now be reunited with my Grandpop, and the thought of her joy brings me peace through this time of loss. I will miss her dearly, and I am grateful for the times we had together.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY