BURLINGTON — A celebration of life commemorating Janet “Grammy” P. Banister, 82, who died June 11 in Burlington, surrounded by her beloved family will be held at the Brownsville Community Church, 66 Brownsville-Hartland Rd in Brownsville. The service will be open to the public and held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday June 23 2012.
Janet was born in Worcester, MA, and lived there until she moved to Ludlow, during high school. She graduated second in her class from Springfield HS in 1948, and attended college when her children were young.
Janet was a woman of many accomplishments. Her talents for cooking and baking were matched by her beautiful needlework. Her smocked dresses are treasured works of art, and she was an expert seamstress, knitter, and Oriental rug maker. She was the secretary of her high school alumni association and a homemaker for Home Instead, a senior care organization, working until three weeks before her death. Her favorite occupation was caring for her husband and family. She was a much-loved wife, mother, and grandmother. Grammy gave everything she had to her family and was the “glue” that held her family together.
Janet is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly 63 years, Leonard W. Banister. She is also survived by the other loves of her life, her three children: Marcia Henley and her husband Rip of Bethlehem, CT; Carol Ryan and her husband Mark Stuhrmann of New York, NY; and Bruce Banister and his wife Diane of West Danville, VT. Most adored and tenderly cared for were her four grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. As Grammy would say they are: “Liana Claire” Ryan of New York, NY; “Shauna Carol” Henley of Philadelphia, PA; “Brenna” Marie Banister of Boston, MA; and “Trevor” Seth Banister of W. Danville, VT, and three nephews.
She is predeceased by her mother Gladys B. Pickener, father, Walter H. Pickener, sister Claire, and brother, Laurence; grandsons Brian Collins Henley and Seth Michael Banister.
Donations can be made in Janet’s memory to: The Vermont American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Ln, Williston, VT 05495, or https://donate.americanheart.org.
This obituary first appeared in the June 21, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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