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5411 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Banna Isabel Ghioto

April 27, 1917November 25, 2019
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Retired U.S. Army Col Banna I Rodriguez Ghioto of Lake Clarke Shores, passed away on November 25, 2019 surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 102. Banna was born on April 27, 1917 to Joseph and Caroline Rodriguez in Neodesha KS. She attended Bruce High in Luke MD and went on to graduate from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Cumberland MD in 1939. Jobs were scarce in 1939, even for nurses, so she enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1941. She served in the European and Pacific theatres, stationed in Iceland, England, Germany and Luzon in the Philippine Islands. She received multiple Decorations and Citations for her 36 years of military service. In 1995, she represented nurses who served in the Pacific as a participant in the TV documentary “ Victory in the Pacific” with CBS correspondent Dan Rather. Other participants included General Herbert Schwarzkopf Jr, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and many others.

Banna was a pioneer in the development of public health services throughout the Glades of Palm Beach County, served as a Consultant for the Florida Division of Mental Health and was a Professor in the nursing program of Palm Beach State College. She will be lovingly remembered by her stepsons, James Ghioto (Sharon), Thomas Ghioto (Shirley), and stepdaughter Mary Ann Newman, sister Audrey Nolan, nephews Rey Rodriguez (Vivian) and Marino Alvarez (Victoria) and many more nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her community, friends and family.

Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 5411 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417, with a Prayer Service to be held at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, December 6, 2019 at St Luke Catholic Church, 2892 S Congress Ave, Palm Springs FL 33461. Interment will follow at 12:30 pm at the South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 S State Road 7, Lake Worth FL 33449. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Palm Beach Friends of Fisher House Inc, 7305 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach FL 33410.

  • FAMILY

  • Sons, James Ghioto (Sharon) and
    Tom Ghioto (Shirley)
    Step Daughter, Mary Ann Newman
    Sister, Audrey Nolan
    Nephews, Rey Rodriguez (Vivian) and Marino Alvarez (Victoria)
    and many more nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    She will be deeply missed by her community, friends and family.
  • DONATIONS

  • West Palm Beach Friends of Fisher House Inc,

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, December 6, 2019

Memories

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Jan Bussell

December 5, 2019

Bhana was a friend and colleague at Palm Beach Community College, now Palm Beach State College for many years, Her service to her students and the college community at large will be remembered by all those she came in contact with and shared her infectious zest for life with. She will be sorely missed by those she touched with her life.

Jan Bussell Retired Dean of Vocational Education PBSC

Maura Farrell MIller

December 4, 2019

Banna and I shared many nursing adventures together. She was an amazing woman and US Army Nurse. She shared stories of her pioneer days working as public health nurse in the Glades of Palm Beach County. Her life of service to our country and to the nursing profession could not be compared. As she became more frail, she did not drive. I remember spending time with her sharing nursing stories as we traveled together to various professional events and society meetings. We enjoyed each other's company. Our professional paths crossed again when I had the honor of caring for John C. Ghioto, her Step-Son, as he was dying in our VA hospice. Banna's love for our country and for her family could not be measured. Her memory will live on in my heart forever. Peace to you my nursing friend!

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Biography

Celebrant: Fr Andrew Brierley

Organist: Kevin Faulkner


Liturgy of the Word
First Reading: Wisdom — 9
Rey Rodriguez

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord is My Shepherd
There is nothing I shall want

Second Reading: First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 15:20-23
Debbie Piescik

Gospel and Homily: Fr Andrew Brierley


Liturgy of the Eucharist
Presentation of the Gifts: Marino Alvarez & Victoria Risko

Communion Song: Lord, When You Came

Recessional Song: Kevin Faulkner/Organist