Marion M. Banaszak

December 6, 1944 - September 3, 2019

Marion M. Banaszak (nee Rakin), a loving wife and mother, entered eternal peace Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  

Marion was born on December 6, 1944 in Chicago to Ralph and Zora (Knezovich) Rakin. She married the love of her life, Leonard Simon Banaszak, on June 20, 1964. They made their home in Calumet City and had five children together. Caring for her children and family was her true joy throughout her life along with her devout Catholic faith. In her early years she was very active in the La Leche League and later in life volunteered in the neonatal unit of Rush Copley Hospital so that she could share her love of babies with other mothers and families. She was only 46 when her beloved “Little Lenny” passed away, but she persevered and provided for herself and for her children while working in various positions at Illiana Federal Credit Union, Health Directions and ended her career at Edward Hospital. Grandma Muffin was again in her glory with the arrival of her many grandchildren over the years. 

Marion was preceded in death by her father, Ralph and her mother, Zora; her true love, Leonard; and her brother George. She is survived by her children; Monica (Paul) Dachota, John (Sandi) Banaszak, Elyse (Tim) Smith, George (Charron) Banaszak and Michael (Stephanie) Banaszak; eight grandchildren; Ann and Nick Dachota; Jake and Zack Smith; Sean, Joanne, Mitchell and Chad Banaszak.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Neighbors Next Door in Aurora who showed amazing kindness and provided loving care, especially Chim, Elizabeth, Missy, Sheila, Martha, Kathy, Mary and all the devoted volunteers. Muffin was truly loved during her time there.

Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday, September 6, 2019 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Avenue Batavia, IL.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 801 Oak Street North Aurora, IL.  She will lie in state from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to ProLife Across America, P.O. Box 18669, Minneapolis, MN 55418 or visit

Guest Book

  • The Kaye family We are very sorry for your loss. The Kaye family is sending love, thoughts and prayers from Tennessee.
  • Terri Corcoran To Monica and the entire Banaszak family-I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mom. Sending love and prayers of comfort.
  • Kathy Preckshot (Knezovich) Sorry I can't make it to the services. I am out in Ft Collins with my brother, John. Marion was a special cousin. She will be missed. With deepest sympathy, Kathy
  • Laurie Runyon I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I was lucky enough to have worked with Marion at Edward Hospital in the last year of her employment. She was so very gracious and kind and I have nothing but lovely thoughts of her. May your memories of her provide comfort in your time of sorrow.
  • Mary Anne Marker I am so thankful to have known and worked in conjunction with Marian at Edward Hospital. I am very saddened to hear she is no longer with us, but I have great joy in my heart knowing she is in the presence of the King, receiving her eternal rewards. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” We look forward to joining you one day at the heavenly banquet. May her family feel the peace of Christ Jesus that surpasses all understanding.
  • Betsy Alma To Elyse and the entire Banaszak family. I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. Sending you my love and prayers.
  • Nick Roseto My sincerest condolences with the passing of Mrs. Banaszak. She was an exemplary woman who cared so much for her family. I have very fond memories of her from last 30 years. We were all blessed to have known her, My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Banaszak. May God help guide you during these difficult times.