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Marlene Katherine Banks 1930-2011 Marlene Katherine Banks (McGinnis), 81 widow of Glenn C Banks, a resident of 10 Jackson Street Hoosick Falls, died Monday November 14, 2011 at Albany Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born in Troy, N.Y., on September 24, 1930 the daughter of the late Leon and Louise (Wago) McGinnis. Marlene received her earl education in Hoosick Falls and graduated from Hoosick Falls High School in 1947 where she met Glenn who left high school to serve in the Navy. He returned to complete high school and graduated with her class. Upon graduation, Marlene worked at the Albany Felt. She married "Banks", the love of her life September 30, 1950; they started a family and in the early 60's began Banks Plumbing and Heating together. Both Marlene and "Banks" enjoyed square dancing and camping. They spent many years traveling and camping from Maine to Florida with the Ace Capaders. They wintered in Florida after retirement. Marlene was an excellent and accomplished seamstress, quilter, and teddy bear maker. She made all of her daughter's prom dresses and other attire for special occasions. She had been a member of the Peaceful Valley Quilters for many years. She loved making heirloom pieces. Her work will be treasured by her family for years to come. Marlene became a Hospice volunteer in the late 1990's; a role she found very rewarding and comforting. She was also an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish. Marlene served on several committees including Prayer and Worship. She was a Eucharistic Minister, a lectern, and she helped with many events and fundraisers. She enjoyed presenting welcoming gifts including an embroidered bonnet to the newest members of the church community at their Baptism. Marlene greatly enjoyed helping in her church community especially during a time of loss and mourning. She brought comfort and solace to many family and friends by helping them prepare during their time of loss and mourning. Survivors include three daughters Karen Hewson (Peter) of Hoosick Falls; Susan Metcalfe (Wynn) of Shaftsbury, Vt.; and Kelley Splaine (Robert) of Lincolnville, Maine, seven grandchildren, Rebecca Steller (William) of Hoosick Falls; Jacob Hewson (Sandra) of Ballston Spa, Rachael Pawloski (Stephen) of Sarasota, Fla., Jennifer Metcalfe (David) of Pownal, Vt.; Meghan Maguire (Joseph) of Shaftsbury, Vt.; and Patrick and Ryan Splaine of Lincolnville, Maine; and three great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Banks was predeceased by her son James Richard Banks and her sister Sandra McGinnis. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday November 18, 2011 at 10 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street Hoosick Falls, New York. Burial will follow the Mass in the family lot in St Mary's Cemetery Hoosick Falls, New York. Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral Home 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls on Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Should friends desire memorial contributions in Marlene Banks's memory can be made to the Immaculate Conception Church through the Funeral Home.

Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2011
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