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Florian "Ed" Banasiak
January 22, 1935 ~ June 20, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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BANASIAK - Florian Edward “Ed” On June 20, 2023, Florian “Ed” Banasiak of Elma, New York passed away peacefully at home at the age of 88 years. Ed was the beloved husband of Patricia (nee Pietrzak) with whom he shared 66 years of marriage. He was the proud father of three daughters, Kathleen (Mike) Mogensen, Nanci (Thomas) Lepsic and the late Patricia Ann Banasiak. He was a loving grandfather to Erik (Amy) Mogensen, Kristina (Rob) Martin, Lola (Zach) Eppley, Jayden Lepsic, and Patrick Lepsic. He enjoyed time spent with great-grandchildren Luca and Lainey Martin. Ed was the son of the late Felix and Frances (Hinca) Banasiak. The youngest of seven children, Ed is survived by his brother Felix (late Alice) Banasiak and predeceased by sisters Mary (George) Formanek, Alfreda (Richard) Gutowski, and Irene (Stanley) Buczek, and brothers Edward (Helen) Banasiak and Arthur Banasiak (surviving wife Mary). He had a special relationship with his many nieces and nephews. Ed was known for generously providing monetary support for every baby’s first tricycle, slipping you a few dollars when you visited and making his rounds wearing the jolly guy’s red suit with a bag full of toys over his shoulder. Ed was a US Navy veteran having served in the Korean War aboard the USS Harry F. Bauer DM 26. He joined the Navy at age 17 and his memories from his time of service always held a special place in his heart. Ed was a lifelong member of the American Legion Post #735 and a member of Pvt Leonard Post Jr, VFW Post #6251 where he served as President of the Golf Club. A highlight of his life was when Ed participated in the BuffaloNiagara Honor Flight, an all-volunteer organization taking WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to view monuments erected in their honor. A celebration of life will be held for family and friends on a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Buffalo-Niagara Honor Flight, PO BOX 426, Clarence, NY 14031 or info@ buffaloniagarahonorflight.org