Stanley (Stanislaus) Banak, age 91, of Erie, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, January 8, 2020 at his home. He was born in Erie on February 6, 1928 to the late Francis “Frank” and Catherine (Zasadzki) Benek, Sr.
Stan was an excellent swimmer and loved Erie’s Presque Isle. He was identified for his blond curls as a youngster. He love The Crooners, the Big Bands, and the Polkas.
Stanley left high school to join the navy during World War II, during which he was stationed in New Jersey on an ammunitions boat. At the end of the way, he returned to high school. He was then drafted into the Army and served in Germany. He received an Honorable Discharge from the army on November 1, 1950.
Stanley had a green thumb and his flower gardens were admired by all who viewed them. Notably, he had a climber rose he nursed for many years and grew exponentially last year, being a haven for his beloved birds who he faithfully put out seeds and water twice a day and chirped their language and sang “Over the Rainbow” to them. He had a great tenor voice and won several talent shows. He worked as a painter for many years, and also worked at GE. He was a master maintenance man at shops such as Lovell and Ervite, retiring from Ervite. He did expert work painting, rebuilding, and creating around his home. He was an artist and especially enjoyed cartooning and caricatures. He and his best friend David Allen began writing comic strips together.
In addition to his parents, Stanley is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 38 years, Marilyn J. O’day Banak, whom he lovingly cared for in her declining health, brother John “Johnny” Banak, sister Virginia “Virgie” (Banak) Stanek, sister Dorothy (Banak) Kehl, sister Gladys (Banak) Soliwada, sister Josephine “Josie” (Banak) Borkowski, brother Frank “Drum” Benek, brother Edward “Eddie” Banak, and brother Joseph “Sonny” Banak.
Stanley will be fondly and lovingly remembered by his daughter Sheryl Frances Banak of Little Rock, AR, daughter Marcy Ann Banak Davis (Tom) of Erie, son Michael Stanislaus Banak (Kathlene) of Las Vegas, NV, daughter Kathleen Ann Hill Carlson (Brian) of Allentown, WI, daughter Donna Rae Hill Hume of Alexandria, VA, daughter Mary Ann Hill of Warren, PA, son David Paul Hill, daughter Nancy Lynn Hill Olszewski of Erie, and son Donald Frank Hill. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to nephew Larry (Frank Lawrence Benek) for his dedicated service in being Uncle Stan’s handyman and friend when he was no longer able, and to David Kehl, who would faithfully visit and pick up supplies and prescriptions when needed, and to James “Jimmy” Kehl, who was a faithful Godson.
Visitation will be held at Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, 459 E. 12th St. Erie, Pa 16503 on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 3:00 pm until the time of the prayer service and reflections at 7:00 pm with Pastor Fred Ayers, Jr. presiding, and again on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 12:00 noon until the time of the Mass at 1:00 pm at St. Stanislaus Church, 516 E. 13th St., Erie, PA 16503. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Erie City Mission, 1017 French St. Erie, PA 16501
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