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Carol Steininger-Banas

Died: Thursday, May 01, 2014
Age: 61
Former Grosse Pointe resident Carol Steininger-Banas died peacefully Saturday, April 26, 2014 after a hard-fought struggle with a debilitating illness. She was 61.

She was born May 6, 1952, in Detroit, to Frieda and John R. Steininger. She attended Ferry Elementary School, Parcells Middle School and graduated with the charter class of Grosse Pointe North High School in 1970. At North, she was a member of the National Honor Society and active in the student council. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Michigan State University in 1974 and a master’s degree in urban planning from MSU in 1977.

Mrs. Steininger-Banas was employed by the City of Southfield as a planner for 20 years before being disabled after being hit by a reckless driver while bike riding with her children. She established the Southfield Housing Department and served as its first director. She was a member of the Michigan Professional Community Planners and a former executive director of the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Before her accident, she was athletically active as a swimmer, runner and skier. She continued to enjoy vacationing with family and friends and was always optimistic about life. She remained involved in community affairs in Huntington Woods and was president of the swim board.

Mrs. Steininger-Banas is survived by her beloved and devoted husband of 33 years, John Michael “Mike” Banas; daughter, Leslie Archer (Zack) and son, Christopher Banas. She also is survived by her brother, John W. Steininger (Patty); sisters, Karin J. Gorham (John) and Gretchen P. White (David), along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, John and Frieda Steininger.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Desmond Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward, Royal Oak.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 1589 West Maple Road, Birmingham.

Donations may be made to ALS of Michigan at alsofmi.org or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at dso.org.
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