Somewhere along Rural Route 1 and X Avenue near Clutier, Julie Dvorak Hennings has always called home. From this geographically small area, Julie has been an influence on many lives. She was a daughter to Albin and Violet Dvorak born on December 5th 1955 at Corn Belt Hospital in Belle Plaine, IA.
She attended Dysart Geneseo School and graduated in 1974. Julie enjoyed horses and horseback riding in her younger years. Julie found the love of her life just down Rural Route 1. The relationship began thanks to a helpful mailman, Eddie Kremenak. He would deliver mail daily from Julie’s home north about 2 miles to Lonny’s home with postage (coins) taped to the envelope. It wasn’t long and Lonny and Julie were married. The wedding was on a very cold January 11th in 1975 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vining. The two worked each day side by side on their farm near Clutier raising five children. They also raised Holstein bottle calves, feeder calves and pigs. In 1994 Lonny and Julie began a new endeavor and purchased a herd of Ayrshire milking cows. Dairying proved to be a passion for Julie and provided cherished times for her, her husband and loved ones.
Julie was a mother figure to more than just her 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, college friends, neighbor children and other acquaintances have been captivated by Julie’s knack for deep conversation over a home cooked meal or some hard work. Her kitchen table and dairy parlor have been a memorable venue for countless momentous occasions for so many loved ones.
Julie was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2014. Her faith proved strong as she underwent chemotherapy and radiation with strength and confidence. Through good and bad days, Julie held strong to her faith and was rarely seen without a smile or cheerful message. She worked hard to stay healthy for her family and received immense joy watching grandchildren and their cousins grow and play. Since her diagnosis Julie spent her time doing just what she wanted. She enjoyed her days on the farm with loved ones, attending her grandchildrens activities, and fishing with her mother at her pond. This August she was able to take one last trip to Villard, Minnesota for the annual Dvorak family vacation.
On Tuesday August 16, 2016 Julie began her journey to heaven. She was in her home surrounded by her husband, all five children, and other loved ones.
Julie has a legacy of loved ones and is survived by her husband Lonny of 41 years and their 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Andrea (Chris) Behrens; Benton, Ellie, Grant. Eric (Shannon) Hennings; Morgan and Mason. Willis (Lacey) Hennings; Owen, Neeley, Nash. Nicole (Andrew) Knaack; Kolt and Emmet. Lindsey (Nathan) Upah; Wyatt and Violet. Julie is also survived by her mother, Violet Dvorak and 4 siblings, Wayne (Carol) Dvorak, Doug (Andrea) Dvorak, Randy Dvorak and Laurie (Craig) Greiner. She reunites in heaven with her father, Albin Dvorak, her beloved aunt Pauline Dvorak and other relatives.
There will be a Rosary Service at 3:45PM, prior to the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery in rural Vining. Please direct memorials to Julie’s family, a donation will be made at a later date to a local youth agriculture fund.