Kassandra Banister, 73

Kassandra Kay Banister, 73, of rural LaFontaine, died at 2:32 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. 

She was born April 15, 1943, in Peru, to Arol Clio and Ethel Mae (Ridenour) Frantz.

Kassandra was a 1961 graduate of Anchorage High School, Anchorage, Alaska.  She married John Weirs Banister, he survives.  She was an LPN at the Wabash County Hospital retiring after 29 years.  Kassandra was a member of the Wabash First Church of God.  She enjoyed flower gardening, painting, camping, homemaking, and her family. 

She is survived by her husband, John Weirs Banister of LaFontaine; four children, Beth (Randell) Wilcox of Wabash, Chris Gates and Todd (Vicky) Gates, both of LaFontaine, and Chris (Dawn) Banister of Andrews, Indiana; special adopted daughter, Phyllis Gilbert of Wabash; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kandice (Robert) Rose of Wabash, and Kymber (Kevin) Bowman of LaFontaine; and her dog, Lucy. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter, Laura Elizabeth Gates.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Robb Rensberger officiating.  Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 5-8 pm Friday, at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for Kassandra may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Jun 23