Joan C. (Szarek) Banas

August 5, 1938 - February 28, 2019
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Joan (Szarek) Banas, 80 Ludlow passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.  Born August 5, 1938 in Chicopee, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Rzeszutek) Szarek.  A graduate of Chicopee High School, Joan worked as a crew chief at McDonalds for many years.  Her greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Joan was an accomplished and talented painter, teaching classes for many years.  Some of her happiest times were spent with the “Tuesday night painting girls”.

Joan is survived by her daughter Kathryn Banas , and her son Joseph J. Banas III and his wife Briana as well as her 2 beloved grandchildren Joseph Banas IV and Alina Kathryn Banas all of Ludlow;  She also leaves her dear sister-in-law Joanne Szarek of Chicopee and her best friend of many years Terry Rivest of Florida .  Sadly she was predeceased by her husband Joseph Banas Jr. in April, 2018, her brother Ronald Szarek on February 12, 2019 and her “granddog” Buford.

Joan’s family would like to thank Donna, Laura, Debbie and the entire staff of Baystate Hopsice for their care and compassion.

Funeral services for Joan will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA 01056.   Burial will follow in Island Pond Cemetery, Center St., Ludlow, MA.  Visiting hours at the funeral home are Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 PM.  Donation in Joan’s memory may be made to Dakin Humane Society, 171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105.

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Visiting hours at the funeral home are Wednesday, March 6, 2019 From 4:00-7:00 PM.

Service Information

Funeral services for Joan will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home,  64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA.   Burial will follow in Island Pond Cemetery, Center St., Ludlow, MA.

Donation Information

Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to Dakin Humane Society, 171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105.


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Born: August 5, 1938
Died: February 28, 2019

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Linda Jo J Gershowitz posted on 3/5/19

We r both so so sorry for your lose. It's been a sad year for us but even sader for u cause loss can never be healed. U guys have had your share of sorrow and we so want u to know u have been such great kids to your parents, in-laws and grandparents. U all have had a special time in your hearts for them both and no one in this world can ask for any better than what u have given. Believe me we all know u guys made their lives so much better, right down to the end. U have nothing to feel bad about except yes they r gone, but just think of the wonderful and joyouse memories u all have and have given them. God Bless u all. U r in our thoughts and we send our love to one and all. The Gershowitz Family:)


Donna posted on 3/4/19

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Laura(aka)Laurin ? Johnson posted on 3/3/19

In memory of Joan C. (Szarek) Banas, Laura(aka)Laurin ? Johnson lit a candle


Laura(aka)Laurin ? posted on 3/3/19

Joan was an exceptional person. She was a joy to care for and spend my days with. Joan always managed to bring a smile. We used to laugh about the silliest things. You will be greatly missed and my memories of you will never fade. It was an honor and privilage to have been able to know and care for you. Thank you to the Banas family for all of your kindness and warmth. Deepest condolences.


Mary Ann Gianni posted on 3/3/19

So sorry for the BANAS FAMILY! She was a sweet woman. Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family at this very hard time. Rest In Peace pretty lady!


Carrie Wojcik posted on 3/3/19

I am so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to the Banas family.


Maggie Lavoie-Fuller posted on 3/2/19

there is no easy way to tell you how important you all are to us at this time...You as a family gave this wonderful woman the care she justly deserved...Now she has gone and left us with wonderful memories...Morning talks while I did crossing of children, weeding her garden around the big rock, enjoying each other's paintings. Over the years there were endless times together, even time to go to the casino....watching her grandchildren cross to school for the first time..wonderful memories...Joan will be sadly missed by all of us she touched in so many different ways. Sending you hugs prayers and much love you all deserve it...Maggie and Doug


Florence Dupuis posted on 3/2/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Banas family. Leo and Flo Dupuis


Thomas.LaFleur posted on 3/2/19

Kathryn I’m so sorry for your loss may your mom now Rest In Peace ?


John Greenman posted on 3/2/19

I am so sorry for your loss but knowing she is with your dad and Beufod you know they all looking down at you and your family and are happy their all together now.


Terry posted on 3/2/19

Beautiful obituary and heartfelt love from Kansas.


AnnMarie posted on 3/2/19

Rest In Peace Cocie You’ll be missed ❤️❤️