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Lillian F. Banchak

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Lillian F. Banchak
March 12, 1920 – September 10, 2012

Lillian F. Banchak, 92, of South Bend, IN, passed away September 10, 2012.

She was born on March 12, 1920, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Abraham and Frances (Krejcik) Parhad. On March 9, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, as Lillian F. Parhad, she married Michael Banchak, who preceded her in death on December 10, 1986. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers; Albert and Arthur Parhad.

She is survived by three sisters, Margaret Chamberlain of South Bend, Indiana, Janet Feigl of Hometown, Illionos, and Judith Benjamin of Oswego, Illinois; and by many endearing nieces; nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was educated in Chicago schools and graduated from Robert Lindblom High School in 1938. She also attended Mundelein University in Evanston, Illinois. From 1939 to 1943, she worked for the Association of Western Railways in Chicago. From 1943 to 1945, during WWII, she worked for Santa Fe Railroad in San Diego, California. From 1946 to 1968, she returned to the Association of Western Railways in Chicago. From 1968 to retirement in 1981, she worked for the National Railway Labor Conference in Washington, D.C. In 1981, she moved to South Bend, Indiana.

She was a member of Memorial Hospital of South Bend Auxiliary, the Daughters of Isabella, Notre Dame Circle #572, and Chat-N-Do Club of the Purdue Extension Society.
Lillian loved reading, word games and playing cards.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11a.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, in Holy Family Catholic Church, South Bend. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Church.

An evening viewing will be held from 5-9 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2012, in Beverly Ridge Funeral Home, 10415 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012, in St. Germaine Catholic Church on 96th and Kolin, Oak Lawn, Illinois, with entombment to follow in Resurrection Gardens, Justice, Illinois.

The family would like extend a sincere appreciation to Drs. Shaya Mokfi and Bilal Ansari for their loving care, and to all the "Angels" that the Lord had sent to Lillian in her need.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, 56405 Mayflower Road., South Bend, Indiana 46619 or Center for Hospice Care, Inc., 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, Indiana 46637.

Kaniewski Funeral Homes handled arrangements.