Lise Brunelle Banach, 65, of Suffield, CT passed comfortably in her home on May 24, 2022 surrounded by her children and her husband. Lise was born on August 16, 1956 to Albert Brunelle (2022) and Lina (Gosselin) Brunelle (2016) in Hartford, CT. She was the oldest of 4 children. Lise was raised in a large family that valued hospitality, generosity, faith, and helping others–values she emulated throughout her life. Lise graduated from South Catholic High School (1974) and earned a degree in nursing from Saint Francis School of Nursing (1977). In 1979, she married the love of her life, Stephen. They settled in Newington, CT where they raised their three children.
Lise worked as a pediatric nurse at Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, retiring after 42 years. Throughout her life and career, Lise always cared for others. She was a gifted quilter, an accomplished piano player, and skilled in the kitchen. Lise gifted her quilts to family and friends to celebrate milestone occasions, which was a testament to her deep generosity and kindness. Her home was a welcoming and warm gathering place for holidays and family celebrations. She was famous for her chocolate chip cookies.
Lise cherished time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was a kind and nurturing mother and grandmother. Lise and her family made countless, fond memories in Charlestown, RI, Eastham, Cape Cod, and Bar Harbor, ME. Her children remember mom’s detours to antique shops and quilt stores (where they weren’t allowed to use their hands.)
Lise was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2019–a disease that she faced with grace, dignity and unwavering faith. In the face of adversity, she chose to respond with perseverance in her mind and love in her heart. We will miss the sound of her laughter and the comfort of her beautiful smile. Lise was truly a beautiful person because of how she lived and loved.
Lise will be forever missed by her husband Stephen Banach of Suffield, CT; her children, Christian Banach and wife Kristin of Annandale, VA, Timothy Banach and wife Erika of White Plains, NY and Mary Parlante and husband Kyle of Suffield, CT; her beloved grand children, Peter, Daniel, Elise, Benjamin, Theodore, Miles, Simon and Leo; her siblings, Rolande Brunelle of Wethersfield, CT, Marc Brunelle and wife Laura of East Granby, CT and Jeanne Charbonneau and husband James of Berlin, CT; her sibling-in-laws, Anthony and Lynne Banach of Newington, CT, Mary Banach of Dedham, MA, Margaret Banach of Springfield, VA, Edward and Michelle Banach of Thomaston, CT, Chris and Marge Banach of Newington, CT and Ellen (2019) and John Sultana of Mansfield, MA; and her many nieces and nephews. She wished to remember the faithful friendship and love shown by Karen Yanik of Simsbury, CT, Ellen Crowley of Newington, CT and Mary Claffey of Newington, CT.
The Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 9:00am at The Heritage Funeral Home and the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00AM in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling Hours will be on Friday, May 27 from 5:00-8:00 pm. For online condolences please visit www.SuffieldFuneralHome.com.