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Barbara Jean Hrabak, 72, of Chelsea, IA passed away October 10, 2021 at her home, following a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Barbara was born August 2, 1949 to Carl and Opal (Smith) Bishop in Atlantic, IA. She graduated from Anita, IA in 1968. Following school, Barb worked for the Anita Tribune, Walnut Grove Feed Company, and GTE Telephone Company in Grinnell. Barb married Richard Hrabak on November 17, 1973 in Omaha, NE. Together the couple moved to Chelsea, IA, where they raised their four children. Upon their youngest child entering school, Barb started at Chelsea Elementary serving lunch for many years.

Barb enjoyed gardening, attending to her large flower and vegetable gardens. She was an amazing cook, cooking homemade meals for her family. Most of all she had a love for family, cherishing time spent together.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Richard Hrabak of Chelsea; children, Jason (Stacey) Hrabak of Lisbon, Melissa Barclay of Milwaukee, WI, Aaron (Sherri) Hrabak of Cedar Rapids, Jeff (Kali) Hrabak of Tipton; grandchildren, Joseph, Alyssa, Cooper, Corbin and Cora; brother, Larry Bishop of IL; sister-in-law, Marilyn Hrabak of Chelsea, and many more nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Barb is preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law, Ron Hrabak.

Per her wishes a private family service will take place at Rector Cemetery, Chelsea, IA. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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