Mary Josephine Banks, 94, of Hoopeston, passed away at 12:41 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Heritage Health Nursing Home in Hoopeston.
Mary was born Nov. 21, 1917, in Malin County, Donegal, in Ireland, the 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; one daughter, Kathleen A. (Frank) Bonetti of Glenview, Ill.; 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; and several nieces and nephews in both the United States as well as in 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. She was a licensed practical nurse at the time and came over to the United States as a war bride and together began their life in Hoopeston. She previously worked at the Hoopeston hospital for 10 years and later was a private duty nurse for many people in Hoopeston, helping out in many homes.
Mary was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and was very active in the Altar and Rosary Society. She was active as a den mother in the Cub scouts. Mary also enjoyed her gardening and crocheting.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 423 S. Third St., Hoopeston, with Father Patrick O’Neal officiating. Burial will be at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, 423 S. Third St., Hoopeston, IL 60942.
Visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Mary’s online Tribute Page and to send the family condolences. Arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home.