Frank Joseph Banaszek of O’Fallon, MO passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of nearly 54 years to Jane (Abendroth) Banaszek; cherished son of the late Frank and Pearl Banaszek; devoted father of Ellen (Michael) Lough, Melissa (Zachary) Danner, Elizabeth (Scott) Banaszek Hamby; loving grandfather of Emma Lough, Aly Lough, Joe Lough, Ryan Danner, and Noelle Danner; dear brother of Rebecca Brown; brother-in-law of Robert Abendroth; uncle of Laura Burkemper and Brad Rozycki; Frank is also survived by his favorite cousin and flower girl, Misty Lane.
Frank graduated from Rosary High School in 1966 where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Jane. Together they shared lifelong friendships with many of their classmates.
Frank honorably served in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly dedicated his career to the community as a member of law enforcement before retiring in 1991 from the St. Louis City Police Department. Much of his career was spent as a homicide detective and member of the Major Case Squad. He lived by the badge and the vows to protect and serve. After retirement, he worked in loss prevention for UPS as well as “guarding the beer” at Anheuser-Busch.
The love between Frank and Jane built a solid foundation for raising their family. He fondly referred to her as “Saint Jane” and treated her like his queen. He never missed an opportunity to celebrate an anniversary or any other special day with a sentimental gift or a reminder of his love. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He was famous for saying “My money is on you!”
Frank knew how to celebrate the good times. On very special occasions, he liked to toast family and friends with his favorite Jameson Irish Whiskey. His happiest times were spent in the great outdoors with all of God’s creatures, fishing at Table Rock Lake and in Canada, deep sea fishing, and quiet times with his best friend and favorite pet, Auggie.
Frank had a big personality; strong and steadfast with a heart of gold. He kept his family safe and protected and now has been promoted to making sure Heaven is secure. He will always be dearly loved and greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Memorials may be made in Frank's name to the BackStoppers.