Pauline G. Banks

May 4, 1925January 5, 2021

Pauline G. Banks, born to Italian immigrants, Phillip and Vencenzina Giardina on May 4, 1925. Pauline passed away peacefully on January 5, 2021. She was born in Fresno, CA and moved to Merced as a young child. She attended Tuttle Elementary School and graduated from Merced High School in 1944. She met her husband, Thomas L. Banks there and they were married August 10, 1946 after Tom’s return from service in the US Navy. Together they raised five children in Merced. Pauline was a dedicated wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend. Nothing was more important to her than her family. She was a wonderful cook and her family’s favorite was her homemade spaghetti and meatball dinner. Pauline worked many summers with her best friends at California Canners and Growers. After raising her family, she worked and retired from the Merced County Recorder’s Office. Pauline had many hobbies but her favorite was watching the LA Dodgers. She and her nephew Mark Banks bet a friendly $5 on every Dodger/Giant game for years. She loved getting his envelope in the mail. Pauline is preceded in death by her husband Tom; her son Tommy; parents Phillip and Vera Giardina; her brothers Vincent, Frank, Anthony and sister Mary. She is survived by her daughters Christine Banks, Cynthia Thomas, Linda Bair (Bruce) and Donna Bandoni (Gary). She leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Karyn, Adam, Ryan, Donnie, David, Mallory, Gianna and Gina and her great grandchildren, Quenton, Addison, Aiden, Kendall, Drake, Braden, Madilyn and Finley. A special thanks to Compass Pointe Memory Care in Fresno for their loving care and compassion. Also, thank you to Bristol Hospice. A Chapel Blessing will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home located at 1490 B Street, Merced, CA.


  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Interment

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


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Collette Banks-Turner

January 11, 2021

Auntie Pauline was my dad's sister-in-law and my godmother. She was a wonderful auntie and role model. She and my maternal grandmother lived on the same street when I was a young girl.I spent many summers in Merced. It was always a special treat to visit her on a hot summer day and be greeted by her smile and a glass of sweet iced tea. I cherish all those summer memories and more. It warms my heart to know that my grandson and her great-gramdchild share the name Finley.
My deepest condolences to Auntie Pauline's family.
With love and affection,