Geraldine M. Banach, 71, homemaker, avid golfer

July 17, 2002

Geraldine Marie Banach, a homemaker and avid golfer, died of a heart attack Sunday at her Towson home. She was 71.

The longtime Towson resident was born Geraldine M. Behnke and raised in Milwaukee, where she graduated from high school.

In the late 1940s, she worked as a teacher in Milwaukee before moving to Washington, where she was a secretary in the Navy Department.

In 1952, she was married to John J. Banach Jr., who joined The Sun in 1968 as vice president of industrial relations. He died in 1991.

Moving to Towson in 1962 when her husband was named assistant business manager of the News American, Mrs. Banach worked as a substitute teacher at the Lida Lee Tall School and as a secretary for the Daniel Ford Insurance Co.

An accomplished golfer, she was a member of the Women's Golf Association and Women's Golf Eagle Nest. She also enjoyed cooking, entertaining and travel.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the mausoleum at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Mrs. Banach is survived by a son, Robert J. Banach of Cockeysville; a daughter, Sandra B. Sittler of Parkville; a brother, Donald Behnke and a sister, Dolores Bieganowski, both of Milwaukee; and two grandchildren.

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