Mary Josephine Banks
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  • St. Anthony Catholic Church
    423 S. Third St.
    Hoopeston, IL 60942

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“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...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: - Woodbridge, VA

“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...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Dave Duchaj - Morton Grove, IL

“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...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: John Bonetti - Chicago, IL

“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...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Darlene Bonetti - Appleton, WI

“Very sorry for the loss of your mother. R.I.P Patrick, Caroline, Conor & Aidan Sheils, Paisley, Scotland. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: patrick sheils - nephew

“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...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Candy Killough - Danville, IL

“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...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Alan and Barbra Lutz - Hudson, NH

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.