Mary Josephine Banks

  • Born: November 21, 1917
  • Died: November 2, 2012
  • Location: Hoopeston, Illinois

Anderson Funeral Home

427 East Main St
Hoopeston, IL 60942
Tel. (217) 283-6696

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Mary Josephine Banks, 94, of Hoopeston, IL passed away at 12:41 P.M. Friday November 2, 2012 at the Heritage Health Nursing Home in Hoopeston, IL.
Mary was born November 21, 1917 in Malin, County Donegal in Ireland, daughter of Michael and Mary McLaughlin.
She married Herman E. Banks on June 2, 1945 in London, England. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2002.
Surviving are two sons: Herman F. (Eve) of Virginia Beach, VA and Michael P. (Gwenna) Banks of Danville, IL and one daughter: Kathleen A. (Frank) Bonetti of Glenview, IL.; seven grandchildren: John (Kandi) Banks, Christopher, Ryan, Kyle and Greg Banks and Frank Jr. and Michael Bonetti; four great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law: Helen (Ken) Murry of Hoopeston, IL. and several nieces and nephews in both the United States as well as Ireland, England and Scotland.
Preceding her in death are her parents, four sisters: Sadie, Kathleen, Annie and Bridie; one brother: Dennis and a daughter-in-law: Mary Banks.
Mary met her husband in late 1944 in London, England where he was stationed in the military and she worked at Northwestern Hospital as a nurse. They married in June 1945. She then came over to the United States as a "war bride" and together they began their life in Hoopeston, IL. Mary was a licensed practical nurse and worked at the Hoopeston Hospital for 10 years and later was a private duty nurse for several families in Hoopeston, helping out in many homes. Mary was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church for more sixty years and was very active in the Altar and Rosary Society. She also served as a den mother in the Cub Scouts. Mary also very much enjoyed gardening and crocheting.


Condolence & Memory Journal


My prayers go out to the family of Mary Banks during this sad time. Mary (and Herman) were long-time friends of my mother, Cecelia Collier, for more than 50 years. They enjoyed many good times together, both as members of St. Anthony's parish and as close, personal friends. I know she and my mother will have a happy reunion in Heaven.

Everyone loved Mary ~ her sparkling Irish wit, her beauty, and her sweet personality. Mary was a very devoted Catholic, wife, mother and grandmother, as well as a friend and helper to all. She will be remembered lovingly.

Know that she will be remembered in my prayers.

Janice Collier
Woodbridge, VA

Posted by - Woodbridge, VA - Family friend - church member.   November 07, 2012

We knew Mary as Kathy's mom, who occasionally came to town to visit in the summer. She was a lovely lady and fun to chat with, always in good spirits and looking at the bright side of life.

We are very sorry for your loss and know she will be missed. Our deepest condolences to Kathy and the family.

Dave and Marion Duchaj

Posted by Dave Duchaj - Morton Grove, IL   November 05, 2012

I want to echo Darlene Bonetti's message. I can only hope to have a life as long and as meaningful as Mary. My deepest condolences goes out to my Aunt Kathy.

Posted by John Bonetti - Chicago, IL - Friend   November 05, 2012


I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. What a warm and charming person Mary was and so much fun to always be around. She was delightful. Best wishes to the family and especially Kathy. Darlene Bonetti and family

Posted by Darlene Bonetti - Appleton, WI - Friend to Mary   November 05, 2012

Very sorry for the loss of your mother. R.I.P Patrick, Caroline, Conor & Aidan Sheils, Paisley, Scotland.

Posted by patrick sheils - nephew   November 04, 2012

I was surprised to hear of Mary's passing. I will be praying for all of you. I know it is difficult to lose a parent no matter the age or circumstances. God bless you and give you peace and strength.

Posted by Candy Killough - Danville, IL - friend   November 04, 2012


I have known Mary since I was a boy of 5 when I first met her oldest son Herman Jr. 59 years ago. I have many fond memories of growing up with Junior. Mary was like a second mother to me. May she rest in piece and may God bless her soul.


Posted by Alan and Barbra Lutz - Hudson, NH - Dear friend   November 04, 2012

Family Album

Mary and Alan Lutz, Sept 2011