November 17, 2021
Burial Date: December 1, 2021
Francis “Frank” Banas, 95, of Chicopee, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Westfield, MA, he was the son of the late Antone and Rozalia (Lesko) Bannish. Frank was educated at Westfield Technical School. He served his country in the Coast Guard in the Pacific during World War II. Frank was a long time resident of Chicopee and Newport Richey, Florida.
He was a graduate of Westfield Vocational High School. Frank worked for T. A. Daley Construction as a superintendant and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union, Local 108 in Springfield and also the secretary of the union. As Project Manager, he oversaw building of Valley Steak House, Chef Josef and was most proud of the housing project for the Navy in New London, CT and the Air Force at Westover Field in Chicopee while working for Green Manor Construction Co.
Frank loved dancing, listening to polka music and traveling extensively with his spouse, Ruth in their motor home. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and gardening. Frank was a Mr. Fix It. He is predeceased by his “sweet heart” and loving spouse of fifty-four years, Ruth D. (Kusmierz) Banas, Frank will be dearly missed by his sons, David Banas and his wife, Margaret P. Banas of West Springfield, James Banas and his wife, Karen Banas of Nokomis, Fl, his three cherished grandchildren, Erica Rossitto and her husband, Frank of Gloucester, MA, Kimberly Banas of Wakefield, RI and Erin Banas of West Springfield, MA. Also, two great grandchildren, Nico and Daniel Rossitto.
Family and friends are invited to gather on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 10 to 11am at the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 61 Grape St. in Chicopee, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, 566 Front St. in Chicopee at 11:30am. Burial will be in Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery in Agawam at 1pm with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, for those wishing to make memorial contributions in Frank’s memory, please send to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to any military organization of your choice.