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5/20/2014 8:00:00 AM
Edward 'Bear' Banashak
Oct. 18, 1938 - May 18, 2014

Edward "Bear" Banashak, 75, Rochester, formerly of Merrillville, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014.

He was born on Oct. 18, 1938, in Gary, Indiana the son of Tony and Pauline (Szostek) Banashak. On July 23, 1960, at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Merrillville, he married Becky Sumner and she survives.

Ed worked for United States Steel-Gary Works for over 34 years and for the past 15 years had worked at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Homes, Rochester. He was very active in his parish communities. He was one of the original parishioners that helped with the construction of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish, Merrillville. At St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, he was past Parish Council president and active in the churche's Relay for Life team. Ed was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, and the Elks Club, all of Rochester. He had a love of crafts and had a unique way of surprising his family with creative wrapping skills. Most of all, Ed loved being a part of his children and grandchildren's extracurricular activities. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Banashak, Rochester; four children, Michele Crider and fiance Bill Stoll, Crown Point, Ed and wife Eileen Banashak, Crown Point, Toni and husband Mitch Gordon, Yukon, Okla., and Kevin and wife Angela Banashak, Valparaiso; nine grandchildren, Hannah and Kyle Crider, Brandon and Ryan Banashak, Christian, Dalton and Corbin Gordon, Michael Hermes and Austin Banashak; great-grandson Jaxson Hermes; a sister, Pat and husband Al Holok, Indianapolis; an aunt, Lillian Banashak, Watertown, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is Wednesday, May 21, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with a Prayer Service beginning at 7:00 p.m.

A second visitation is Thursday, May 22, 2014, from 3-8 p.m. CDT at Geisen Funeral Home, Crown Point.

Funeral mass is 10 a.m. CDT Friday, May 23, 2014, at Holy Name Catholic Church, Cedar Lake. Burial will follow in the Holy Name Catholic Cemetery, Cedar Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or donor's favorite charity. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at

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