Mary “Maisie” Banach
Maisie Banach, a resident of the Garden Villa in Chesterville for the past month, passed away there on Sat., Nov. 30, 2013, following a brief illness. She was 87.
Maisie was born on Feb. 9, 1926, in Greenock, Scotland, the daughter of shipyard labourer, Francis Gallacher, and his wife, Cecelia. As it was not custom during this period for a fine Scottish lass to pursue great lengths of education, Maisie found herself gainful employment as an assistant in a Greenock shoe shop during her teenage years. Helping to provide for her family, she quickly learned and appreciated the value of hard work and a penny earned, lessons that proved invaluable for the events to come over the next two decades: the Great Depression and the Second World War.
While the war brought flashes of horror, loss, and terror for Maisie and her family, it also produced moments of what proved to be opportunity and ultimately, love. She met a young Polish soldier named Michael Banach at a dance, love bloomed, and they were eventually married in March of 1947. Mike and Maisie wasted little time growing the family as they welcomed their daughters, Irene in 1948, and Sheilain 1952. Looking for a better life than what they had each experienced in the previous decades, Maisie sent Mike off to Canada to find new opportunities for their family. It would not be long until Maisie was making that long boat ride across the Atlantic in 1956, with her two young daughters in tow, to discover what was to become of her new life. Living on Fifth Avenue in Ottawa, hard work and teamwork quickly brought the Banach family prosperity in their new country.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook and baker, and her family will always remember the delicious meals and desserts that she prepared for them. The family enjoyed many good times together at the family cottage on Graham Lake. Even though she couldn’t swim, she was always a good sport. She would float around in the lake on a mattress, singing and laughing, and always ensuring that each member of her family had a wonderful time. She never grew tired of taking her grandchildren for walks over to the Pleasure Park Camp Ground to get a treat or play some pinball games. She was a croquet specialist, and a pretty shrewd UNO player. Maisie always encouraged her family to work hard and be successful, and she emphasized the importance of taking initiative. “God helps those who help themselves,” she would say. But she didn’t just voice this, she lived it, everyday.
She was an amazing woman; a proud woman who so greatly cherished the time spent with her family, especially, more recently, her great-grandchildren. Maisie has forever enriched the lives of her family through her kindness, generosity, and love, and they will miss her deeply.
She is survived by her daughters, Irene (Gary) Pemberton of RR #1 Williamsburg, and Sheila (Alistair) Deighton of RR #2 Chesterville. She will be fondly remembered by grandchildren David Pemberton, Amy (Steve) Budden, Janet (Grant) Norris, Mike (Jennifer) Deighton, Chris (Reshma) Deighton, and great-grandchildren Emma, June, Olivia, Hannah, and Jack. She was predeceased by grandson, Alistair Deighton, infant great-granddaughter, Marah Budden, her sister, Margaret Brown, and her brothers, Dan and Frank Cunningham. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Mon., Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tues., Dec. 3 at 11 am with Rev. Norine Gullons of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church officiating. Spring interment will be at Iroquois Point Cemetery. The pallbearers were Mike Deighton, Chris Deighton, David Pemberton, Janet Norris, Grant Norris, and Amy Budden.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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