James M. Banic, Jr., age 89, of Southpoint Ln., Hempfield Twp., passed away Monday, December 17, 2018 in his residence.
He was born in Greenville on November 19, 1929 to James and Fanny (Kefurt) Banic. On September 23, 1950 he married the former Eve Kiskoski.
Jim was a 1947 graduate of Penn High School, served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1951 and was a 1957 graduate of Thiel College, with a B.S. In Physics. He was employed for thirty-five years at the former Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he worked in the Engineering Department. Jim was awarded two patents while at Westinghouse. After the closing of Westinghouse in 1984, Jim was employed until his retirement in 1993 with the Naval Sea Systems Command in Arlington, VA. He and his wife served as White House volunteers for twelve years.
Jim was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Greenville, was a past member of Greenville Rotary and had served as a Commissioner of Boy Scout Tropp #92. He had also served as a redcoat volunteer at UPMC Horizon Greenville and he had spent twelve years training karate, reaching the third degree of black belt.
Jim is survived by his wife; Eve Banic of Greenville, two daughters; Merrilee Banic of North Potomac, MD. and Jane Banic and her husband Russell Barnhardt of Pinellas Park, FL, a son; James Banic and his wife Marcy Brody of Gainesville, FL, a sister; Shirley Banic of San Jose, CA and a brother; Carl Banic and his wife Shirley of Cromwell, Conn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private service will be held in the chapel of St. Michael Cemetery. There will be no public services. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Public Library, 330 Main St., Greenville, PA 16125 or to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125.
Eve, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My mother, who lived next door to you, spoke so very highly of you both. Jim will be missed by many but will always be in our hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.
Eve, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. My prayers are with you and your family.
Eve and Family….I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you,
To the family, I’m so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I went to school with Merrilee from West Salem Elementary through graduation from Reynolds HS. Visited your home with my mother as a child many times and remember Jim fondly. My prayers for your family. God’s blessings.
Eve and family: please accept my sincere sympathy wishes. Jim”s birthday was one day later than mine.
To Jim’s family, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I used to work at UPMC Horizon Hospital from 1997 until 2008, in the Housekeeping Dept., and got to know Jim through the Volunteer program that he was a part of.
I often had to clean their office and remember fondly talking to him and the other volunteers about why they did what they did, and if I remember correctly the “guys” answer was “Where else can you go work for free, get a free meal, and exercise while you were meeting new people all at the same time, and enjoy it. I’m sure he will be greatly missed and I will say a prayer for your family for comfort and peace as you grieve.
Eve and family,
Such a short time Jim knew of the cancer, but I’m so glad he didn’t have to suffer.
I trust you will feel God’s comfort and strength to help you through this great
loss. I will miss seeing you two sitting on the porch next summer. Love, Lois
Eve and family: Deepest condolences on the passing of a great man. Merrilee and I graduated from Reynolds together and have kept in touch. I have spent many happy hours in your home and the warmest memories. Again my deepest condolences. May God comfort you all.
Suellyn Wright Novak