Peter Bankert

December 27, 1949December 31, 2020

Peter Joseph Bankert passed away peacefully surrounded by family at age 71 on December 31, 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI. Born on December 27, 1949 in Ithaca, NY, Peter was the third of ten children. He was predeceased by his parents, Marguerite Maloy Bankert and Robert Anthony Bankert, and his older brother, Bobby. Peter is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 40 years, Mary Alice Curry; three daughters: Elizabeth Tosh Gonzalez (Stephen), Kate Maloy Kimberlin (Patrick), and Ellen Bankert Ciezadlo (Michael); five grandchildren: Zoe, Olivia, Aidan, Lillian, and Benjamin; and eight siblings: Catherine Kernan (Edward), Nicholas Bankert, Joan Kernan (David), Andrew Bankert (Gayle), Carol Carpentier, Richard Bankert (Liz), John Bankert (Ellen), and Thomas Bankert; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Peter grew up in New Hartford, NY and attended Notre Dame High School. He graduated from Cornell University’s College of Engineering with BS and ME degrees and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. His extensive career in the chemical and automotive industries took him to Buffalo, Houston, and Detroit.

Peter, or Poppie as his grandchildren called him, is remembered for his devotion to family, sharp wit, passion for politics, wedding toasts, and love for the game of golf. Being an athlete himself, he supported his daughters’ sports careers, never missing a game, match, or race. An avid Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines fan, Peter relished making one-dollar bets with family members. With his wife, he enjoyed the adventure of traveling and experiencing new cultures. In his retirement, Peter loved playing chase, building things and making art with his grandchildren. Peter had a big smile and a big heart, and took great joy in sharing stories about growing up, attending Woodstock, and current events.

Peter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July, 2019, but he never let the cancer dictate his life. Raised Catholic, Peter developed an eclectic spirituality over the years that embraced Jesus and the Buddha. His faith and good nature helped him remain positive and upbeat. He hiked national parks, visited family, and played many rounds of golf, shooting his lowest score ever in September. When asked how often he thought about his cancer, Peter replied, “Almost never.” And, after a long pause, he continued, "I think a lot about my golf game."

A mass celebrating Peter will be streamed Saturday, January 16, at 11 AM (EST), at St. Mary’s Church in Ann Arbor, MI. For streaming information please go to

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice or to support pancreatic research, you can designate your gift to the Rogel Cancer Center Research Fund - Dr. Zalupski. Make your gift at: Or make checks payable to: “University of Michigan”, Michigan Medicine Office of Development, 1000 Oakbrook Dr., Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. (734) 764-6777.


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Phyllis King

January 21, 2021

Jim and I were friends of Peters at Hooker/Occidental Chemical. He was in our wedding party when we married on August 19, 1978.

We have many fond memories and lots of laughs when we think of Peter.

Our deepest sympathy go to you, Mary Alice, and your family.

Phyllis & Jim King

Ron Watson

January 16, 2021

Mary Alice and Family

Ann and I were sadden to hear of Peter's passing. We feel fortunate to have met your family from our girls meeting at UM and being sorority sisters.

We shared many adventures, tailgates, marathon watching and many more. Peter was so easy to be with. He had so much to offer being such a conversationalist, his sense of humor and a great listener.

Our thoughts are with you all and look forward to getting together to hear many more stories about Peter.

Ron and Ann

Claudia and Dan Malone

January 14, 2021

Mary Alice and Family,

Peter was one of the finest men we knew and our friendship goes back decades to our days at Cornell. He always greeted you with a big smile and made you feel special. And there is no doubt that his devotion and love for his family was what defined him. He will be sorely missed. Please count us among the many who are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. All our love...

Carol Cutshall

January 14, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. What a devastating loss of a wonderful person. I hope you find strength and comfort and peace in knowing you were there every step of the way for him and he was always there for you. Being able to spend Christmas and his birthday together this past month was such a gift to all.

My prayers and sympathy are with you.

Carl and Barb Roehling

January 13, 2021

It was with great sadness that we learned of Peters passing. He was a wonderful person whose energy and enthusiasm left a lasting impression. He will be missed.

Barb and Carl Roehling

Mark Zehler

January 12, 2021

Mary Alice and Family, I am so sorry and sad for your loss. Peter was a great guy and friend. I cherish the memory of working with him at Hooker Chemical and our less than successful business venture. I already miss the war stories we would share about our time working together in Houston.
I hope the pain of your loss will pass as soon as possible and be replaced by all the fond memories of Peter.
Sincerely yours,
Mark and Linda Zehler

Bradley Host

January 11, 2021

Dear Bankerts,
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Laura and Brad


January 10, 2021

Dear Mary Alice and girls:
Lisa and I are very sad to learn of Peter's passing. I have had the pleasure of knowing Pete for many years and as another father of "daughters" we had some very great chats. He was very proud of all of you.
We enjoyed a deeply religious weekly get together Sunday mornings at the Church of Lincoln Hills. The boys would frequently pair me up with Peter at outings hoping my "intensity and style" might distract Peter from his game..............sadly for us it never worked.
We will miss you dear friend..........Hit 'em Straight!

Susan Ficarro

January 10, 2021

I so enjoyed working with Pete at The Oakwood Group and was saddened to hear of his passing. We often talked about our shared roots in update NY (I am from Syracuse) and a few years back we arranged to have our brothers meet in the Adirondacks at Pete's brother's restaurant. He was always a delight and always brought a positive spin to the work place. I am delighted that he enjoyed his retirement and got in lots of golf! I will remember him fondly.

Joy Melzian

January 8, 2021

Mary Alice and family, we were so sorry to hear of Peter's passing. We remember meeting him at a a few events from the School of Art and working with you. You were a lovely couple and he was a very soft spoken man. Our deepest sympathies to you and all your beautiful family. May he Rest In Peace. With our love, Joy and Steve Melzian