George A. Banas, 87, of Wyoming Street in the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed into eternal life early Tuesday morning following an illness.
Born April 20, 1926, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son to the late Stephen and Sophie (Ungvarsky) Banas. Educated in the city schools, he was a member of the 1944 graduating class of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.
He was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish Community of northeast Wilkes-Barre, having been a lifelong member of the former St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church.
Proud of his Slovak heritage, he also held membership in the Slovak Catholic Sokols and the North End Slovak Citizens Club.
Following his education, Mr. Banas proudly served his county with the U.S. Army
He was married to the former Florence Kazmerczyk, with whom he shared 59 years of married life on July 31, 2013.
Until retirement, he worked with his son, George, in the daily operations of the family business, Banas Food Mart, formerly located on the corner of Butler Street and North Pennsylvania Avenue for more than 53 years.
He is remembered as being an avid baseball player in his youth, making the minor leagues with the Boston Red Sox farm team in Georgia. Locally, he played with the former Brookside Yankees and later excelled as a fast-pitch softball player with the Mud Hens.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Steve "Barney," John, Andrew, Joseph, Bernard and William; and by a sister, Mrs. Mary Chirkot.
Surviving, in addition to his beloved wife, Florence, at home, are their sons, George W. Banas, north Wilkes-Barre, Joseph Banas and his wife, Ann Marie, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Dr. Michael Banas and his wife, Theresa, Dallas; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Joseph M. Horanzy, pastor emeritus, will be celebrant. Relatives and friends may join the Banas family for visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of services in the church. Interment with rite of committal will follow in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.
The John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. of Wilkes-Barre is honored to care for Mr. Banas, his wife and family at this time.
To send the family online words of comfort, support and friendship, please visit the funeral home's website at www.johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.