Janet Banaka 1947-2015
Janet Kay Banaka, 67, Netawaka, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka after a year-long illness.
She was born Oct. 20, 1947, in Holton, the daughter of Ralph E. and Viola Pearl Miller Sharp. She graduated from Holton High School in 1965.
Mrs. Banaka worked at Taste Freez in Holton, did clerical work for Santa Fe Hospital in Topeka and worked for Featherston’s Dog Kennel in Netawaka. She was also a supervisor in housekeeping for Sac and Fox Casino and a homemaker.
She married James L. Banaka on April 30, 1966, in Holton. He survives.
Other survivors include a son, James Bradley “Brad” Banaka and wife Jenny, Topeka; three daughters, Janelle D. Bell and husband Brad, Trenton, Texas, Jerri L. Denton and husband Brad, Jefferson City, Mo., and Julie A. Shook and husband Zane, Olathe; two brothers, Jerry Sharp and wife Marcella, Holton, and Jack Sharp and wife Joyce, Topeka; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Viola Sharp; a grandson, Logan Alan Denton, in 2006; and a nephew, Dustin K. Sharp.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Netawaka Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Janet Banaka Memorial Fund, to be designated at a later date and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. Holton Recorder 9/9/15