Lillian Lucille Magnan Banahan

November 1, 1930September 13, 2010

Lillian Lucille (Magnan) Banahan of Raleigh, NC, previously of Tiverton, RI, died suddenly on September 13, 2010. She was the wife of William J. Banahan, Sr. They had been married for 59 years. Born November 1, 1930, Lillian graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in June of 1951 and had a distinguished career as a registered nurse working in various hospitals, most notably, St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, William J. Banahan, Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline, of Stroudsburg, PA; Michael T. Banahan and his wife, Victoria, of Montebello, NY; Stephen B. Banahan and his wife, Debbie, of Jackman, ME; and Jean Marie (Banahan) Lange and her husband, Michael, of Raleigh, NC. Lillian had six beloved grandchildren whom she cherished, Kevin, Ryan, McKenzie, and Patrick Banahan, and Delaney and Griffin Lange. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Eugene and Regina Magnan, and Lillian was the last remaining and youngest sibling of a family of seven children. A wake will be held on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Mitchell Funeral Home at 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC with a funeral mass on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 11:00am at St. Raphaels Roman Catholic church, 5801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of one’s choice.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 17, 2010

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 17, 2010

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, September 18, 2010


Lillian Lucille Magnan Banahan

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Cynthia Shafer

October 20, 2010

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Mary (Guido) Kelly

September 26, 2010

Mike and Steve,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I didn't know her as well as some of our gang, but I do know she raised two sons who were great friends to me. May your memories of good times with her bring you and your family comfort at this difficult time.
With love and sympanthy,

Jackie Lee

September 21, 2010

May the angels lead your mother to paradise. She seems like a wonderful person.

Jackie Lee

September 20, 2010

Bill & Family,
Although I do not know you and never have met you since I work in the Wilmington office. I wanted to offer you my deepest sympathies. Your Mom looked like she had a zest for life like no other person I know; so I know her loss is leave a deep emptiness for everyone. Just think of it this way God only picks the good ones for his angels, so he must have need another angel to help him. Again my deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you and your family.

September 19, 2010

To Bill Banahan and family,
My family and I are very sorry for your loss. Knowing you Bill has been a pleasure and an inspiration. She mustmust have been an inspiration to you as well.
Liz Cook and family

Jack Phillips

September 19, 2010

Bill and family. I am so sorry to hear of Lillian's passing. She was a best friend in the truest sense of the term for Elaine and I when we were all in NJ.
Lillian was such a positive force for all her friends and neighbors. We will miss her deeply.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jack Phillips

Jean Lange

September 19, 2010

Sharing my mother's Eulogy...

Good Morning. On behalf of my father and the rest of my family, I'd like to thank you all for coming. It means more than you know.

So, there are a few reasons why I could be up here today versus my brothers…
1. I arm wrestled my brothers and I won.
2.I cried and whined until they conceded.
3. My mother and I had one of those mother /daughter relationships that I feel I must atone for my sins.
4. My mother was a woman of character and I wanted to express how much I respected her.
I will let you choose for yourself which one is true or if they all apply.

I used to fight hard to not be like my mother and as I grew older, I began to realize this was not such a bad thing based on the key items I learned from her. Some I hope I have mastered and some I am still working on…
A few that stand out in my mind are…
There is nothing like a good fire in the fireplace.
Fight hard to live and fight hard to live the way you want to live.
Enjoy who you are with, each person brings you something valuable.
Be Realistic. It is what it is…
Enjoy your children, warts and all. They can turn around even when you think they won’t.
Realize the mother gets the bad rap, but in the end, she is the glue.
Invest in your family- parents, sisters, brothers, in-laws, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. They are an extension of you, love you and learn from you.
Be independent; learn to be happy on your own.
Have a hobby.
Speak up. For good and the not so good.
Hope for peace, quiet and tranquility.
Be hospitable and open your home no matter what it looks like.
Make lifelong friends.

I think the final, most important thing I learned (which I believe I did master) is…
Chose a wonderful partner. A best friend, a loyal, loving and generous man that watches out for you and your children, loves you unconditionally despite your differences and roots you on; someone who picks you up when you fall and sets aside his wants and desires when necessary to care for you and fights ferociously to make sure you are treated the way you should be treated… and , if you are lucky…, has a passion for grocery shopping…

My mother fought hard to stay with us as long as she could and the most poignant moment of the last few days is when she looked at my father and said, “God, I love him”. They personified the sacrament of “marriage”.

I leave you with a magnet I bought myself years ago that hangs on my refrigerator today, “Mirror , mirror on the wall, I am my mother afterall? …
I can only hope so.

tovah wax

September 18, 2010

My mother, Judith Wax, and we (Lucjan and I) extend our condolences to you, Bill, and your family at this time. Though we have known you for a short time, we really enjoyed getting to know Lil (and you) through our several dinner table conversations. I had been looking forward to learning more about her life and experiences, until her sudden death. She was a straightforward, no-nonsense and gracious lady, and we will miss her--not to mention that gorgeous signature shawl she often wore!

September 18, 2010

Dear Bill,

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I pray it comforts you and your family to know that when you loose a loved one who has meant soooo much, the grief cant take away from the happiness you shared, and the love will last..............always.Praying that the memories help you through the difficult times.

Nancy Clayton

Patty Benze

September 18, 2010

Dear Mike,
You're getting ready for one of the most difficult times of your life. I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mothers are very special....and you were blessed with an exceptional one! Thank you for contacting me so I could share your wonderful memories. I feel blessed to have known your mother and to have been a part of your family. Her dedication as a health professional and more importantly as strong woman was tremendous inspiration for me.

With Sympathy and Love, Patty