Thelma "Marie" Banks

October  9th, 1946 July  5th, 2024
Tuscola, IL
Thelma "Marie" Banks

Heaven help the angels, here comes Marie!  A mischievous, fun-loving, colorful character who lit up every room she entered. - Your presence enriched all of our lives.

Tribute

Marie was born in Fairbury, IL, to Thelma Geraldine (Osborne) and Marvin Edward Andreae in the fall of 1946.  Together with her older brother Marvin “Butch” Andreae (formerly of White Heath) and younger sister Delores “Dolly” Andreae of (Garrett, IL), they lived in Gibson City and surrounding towns.  She went to school in Fairbury & Gibson City and spoke fondly of her school sweetheart, Andy.

Marie did not like her first name and did not appreciate it when anyone would call her Thelma.  We lovingly teased her “Thelma Lou” which she hated.

She was an amazing mother who showered all her love onto her two biological children, Larry (& Andy) Johnson of LeRoy, IL, & John “Johnny” (& Steve Sorenson) Johnson of West Jordan, UT.  They were her pride and joy, as she cherished her time together, providing numerous opportunities to make memories together.

She enriched the lives of her biological family, family by marriage, family of faith or family of choice, Marie always had enough love for everyone.  Love is something she shared abundantly and received in large quantities.  Over 50 years of her life were shared with four husbands (five marriages).

#1 – John F. Johnson of Farmer City, IL,
#2 – Aaron J. Niepoetter of Sandoval, IL
#3 – Aaron J. Niepoetter of Sandoval, IL
#4 – James V. Martin of Madisonville, KY
#5 – Don L. Banks of Salt Lake Valley, UT

Early in life she cared for and built a life-long relationship with her step-children; Aaron “Bud” Niepoetter of Florence, AZ, Billie (& Bobby) Ireland of Sandoval, IL, Theresa (& Tom) Ingles of Sandoval, IL, Rick (& Donna) Niepoetter of Sandoval, IL, Debbie (& Dennis) Laverty of Sandoval, IL and Dale (& Susan) Niepoetter of Albers, IL.  Marie loved being a grandma and to brag about her numerous Niepoetter grandchildren. 

In 1985, Marie was taught by her son, Johnny, and became of member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons).  This introduced an extended period of personal growth.  In 1989, Marie moved to Utah to be with her son Johnny.  Later she served in multiple church callings, including recently as a member of the Relief Society Presidency in Tuscola.

In 1997, Marie married Don Banks and she welcomed more step-children to be a part of her life.  For 25 years, she enjoyed making memories together and playing with more grandchildren.  She admired each for their contributions and loved her time with Bob (& Carleen) Banks of West Jordan, UT, Darin (& Sandy) Banks of West Jordan, UT, Ray (& Kathy) Banks of Montpelier, ID, Loralee (& Dennis) Leavitt of Lehi, UT, Donita Tingey & Sherry Robinson, of Centerville, UT, Kyle Laurimore of Salt Lake Valley, UT and Jocine Hoogveldt of Salt Lake Valley, UT. 

One of her greatest joys, was the chance to serve an LDS mission with her husband, in the Birmingham Alabama Mission from 1998 to 2000.  They were affectionately referred to as “Donny & Marie”.  But not the Osmonds, as Marie couldn’t carry a tune to save her life.  When singing “Love Me With All Your Heart”, it resembled a cat screeching & dog bellowing in harmony.

Marie was a country girl, who loved taking many neglected houses and turning them into charming homes.  She graciously used her talents to help Johnny & Steve create masterpieces in their own home.  With great pride, she would give tours, highlighting the many amazing contributions that she  had made with her own hands.

But run for the hills when a sentence started with “Have I told you lately how much I love you?”.  This was always followed with a request for a particular favor.  Sewing, cooking & canning were regular events in her home. She took pride in having a very clean home with an exceptional attention to detail in everything she did. 

Marie had gorgeous hair and enjoyed making beautiful outfits that made her sparkle for any special occasion.   She would arrive looking radiant and enjoyed every opportunity to get dressed up for an elegant evening out.  Likewise, she loved hosting family and friends for an evening of country cooking, Mexican Dominoes or a movie night.

She was a self-taught homemaker who became a world-class seamstress.  Her skills were unmatched, and her sewing rooms were her playground.  She honed her skills to become a premier bridal tailor, where she altered hundreds of elaborate wedding gowns.
She shared these skills with numerous co-workers, whether at Ducky’s Bridal in Champaign, IL, Steinmart in Sandy, UT or as the manager of a large alterations shop in downtown Salt Lake City, in the original ZCMI department store.  She particularly enjoyed being the manager of alternations, where she mentored and trained her talented team of tailors from all over the world. Eventually, she was able to share and teach her sewing skills with her only biological granddaughter, Allena Johnson of LeRoy, IL.

Marie was a strong-willed woman who was going to do things her own way.  She particularly enjoyed the love and friendship of life-long friends such as Linda Johnson of Frankfurt, KY, Kathy Johnson of Norris City, IL, Mary Attig of rural Fairbury, IL, Rocky & Rita Grace of Madisonville, KY, Carrol Proctor of Sandy, UT, Cheryl Kellen of Sandy, UT, and David & Colleen Weir of Raymond, IL.  Thank you all for making such an impact on her life’s journey.

In 2021, Marie confidently moved back to Illinois.  Here she lived in the Parkstone Villas apartment complex, in Tuscola, and loved her newfound circle of friends.  Marie quickly became the de facto complex social director.  Her final years were highlighted with trips to see Daniel O’Donnell or the Texas Tenors perform, as well as her passion for genealogy and reading.

Her life was a journey packed full, making the most of every day.  Marie lived life to the fullest and would wring every hour out of every day.  She would be awake until the early hours of the morning, completing her latest project.

Her final resting place will be with her parents in rural Anchor, Illinois.  She asked to have her ashes placed inside her mother’s antique ceramic cookie jar, which looks like a doll.  Complete with the handmade bonnet and dress she made for her beloved heirloom.

Marie was a fighter, who fought cancer, enduring over five rounds of various chemo therapies, for over 15 years.  Her battle ended, when she was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in her body and brain in March of 2024.  In just over 100 days of being diagnosed with three legions in her brain, Marie peacefully exited this world, at her home, with family & friends caring for her around the clock, and enthusiastically began her next adventure.

We are extremely grateful for the extensive support provided by David Weir as she went in and out of numerous hospitals.  We cannot forget to mention her friends Ruby, Pam & numerous neighbors at Parkstone Villas along with the local church members of the LDS Tuscola Branch who came by to shower their love upon Marie as she peacefully completed her 77 year journey, worthy of a Hollywood movie.

Please join us as we celebrate an amazing woman who brought love and joy to so many.
#1 - Utah Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 8th at 5:00pm
#2 - Tuscola Celebration of Life on Friday, September 20th at 6:00pm
#3 - Illinois Funeral Service, Burial & Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 21 at 12:00 noon

Details will be provided on the Celebrations tab here, on Marie's Facebook page, family texts or ask questions/suggestions at mariebanksut@gmail.com.

Marie's Journey

1946
October 9th
Marie's Birth
Fairbury, Illinois
1961
Married #1
Husband - John F. Johnson
1961
Moved To Farmer City - In Town
James Street / Behind Laundry Mat
1962
May 1st
Larry's Birth
Son - Larry D. Johnson
1963
October 8th
Johnny's Birth
Son - John M. Johnson
1964
Moved to Farmer City - Country Home
Highway 150
1966
Moved to Bloomington, IL
Boarding House / On Her Own
1967
Moved to Heyworth, IL
Living w/Aaron Niepoetter
1967
November 30th
Divorced #1 Final
Husband - John F. Johnson
1968
Moved to Downs, IL
Tara Mobile Home
1968
August 12th
Married #2
Husband - Aaron J. Niepoetter
1970
June
Moved to Orlando, FL
Orlando, Florida
1970
September
Moved to Deland, FL
DeLand, FL
1971
October
Moved to De Leon Springs, FL
De Leon Springs, FL
1972
January
Moved to Orlando, FL
1972
March
Moved to Elberton, GA
1972
June
Moved to Bloomington, IL
Separated from Aaron, Bus to Illinois, Upstairs Apartment
Bloomington, IL
1973
Moved to Sturgis (?), Michigan
Reunited with Aaron
Sturgis, Michigan
1974
Moved to Pontiac, IL
Tiny home on Hazel Street / Pontiac Chair Factory
Pontiac, Illinois
1975
Moved to Vermillion Estates, Pontiac, IL
Single Wide Mobile Home
1225 4h Park Rd, Pontiac, IL 61764
1976
Moved to Vermillion Estates, Pontiac, IL (Moved Across The Street)
Double Wide Mobile Home
1225 4h Park Rd, Pontiac, IL 61764
1977
Moved to Saunemin, IL (Large Country House)
Big House, Huge Lawn, Great Memories
1978
September 13th
Divorced #2 Final
Husband - Aaron J. Niepoetter
1979
Moved to Saybrook, IL
Country House at bottom of hill (East 1000 North Road)
Saybrook, IL
1979
January 12th
Married #3
Husband - Aaron J. Niepoetter
1981
May
Moved to Atwood, IL
Big Country Home, 4 Month Remodel
Atwood, IL
1981
August
Certified Nurses Aid Training Completed
Lake Land College Program
1981
October
Moved to Arthur, IL
Arthur, IL
1981
December 14th
Divorced #3 Final
Husband - Aaron J. Niepoetter
1982
Moved to Camargo, IL
1983
Moved to Tuscola, IL
1983
February 19th
Married #4
Husband - James V. Martin
1986
Moved to Tolono, IL
Left Jim, Own Her Own, Ducky's Bridal in Champaign
Tolono, IL
1986
April 10th
Obtained Her High School G.E.D. Diploma
Lake Land College program
1986
July 25th
Divorced #4 Final
Husband - James V. Martin
1989
September
Moved to Provo/Orem, Utah
Senior Year of College w/Johnny
Provo / Orem, UT
1990
Moved to Salt Lake City
City Creek Canyon Apartment
1993
Moved to Salt Lake City, UT
Belevedere Apartments
1997
December 6th
Married #5
Husband - Don L. Banks
1997
December 7th
Moved to Sandy, UT
Sandy, UT
1998
November
LDS Mission (18 Months)
Birmingham Alabama Mission
2000
May
Moved back to Sandy, UT
After Mission / Returned to their Home
Sandy, UT
2007
Diagnosed with Cancer
Sandy, UT
2008
Moved to Murray, UT
Winchester Estates Mobile Home Park
2015
February 28th
Don's Departure
Husband - Don L. Banks
2021
July 12th
Larry's Departure
Son - Larry D. Johnson
2021
August
Moved to Tuscola, IL
Tuscola, IL
2024
March 23rd
Diagnosed w/Brain Cancer
Tuscola, IL
2024
July 5th
Marie's Departure
Tuscola, Illinois

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Memory Wall

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July 15, 2024
Marie graced us with her presence at a beautiful dinner with Greg Foukes at the Culinary Institute, She was so lively and such a gracious woman. The conversation never waned, and she made everyone feel comfortable. We, Gary and I, have seen her gorgeous draperies at her son's home, and have heard many stories about her talents and times. John was so close to her, and we hope that he will feel comfort in knowing his friends hold him closely in their hearts, My Mother died four years ago at age 100, and I was reminded of their similar love of sewing and creating with cloth and thread. I wish that Marie had more years. The extra years would have been full, as were the ones she was given.
Jane Carlston Myers
July 9, 2024
I'll never forget my beloved friend Marie and her wonderful love of life. Her stories were always inspiring, and a lot of times hilarious 😂. We watched the Chosen together and then she and I shared our faith in Christ. I'll truly miss my sister. Oh yes, she loved my chocolate chip cookies 🍪!
Bev Schweighart
July 8, 2024
We purchased Marie’s mobile home in Murray, UT in 2021. During our 3+ hour discussion around her kitchen table, (see the last picture in the display) we became like sisters! We talked, laughed and compared our freakishly similar lives. We love our forever home. Thanks, Marie!
Wanda Crandall
July 8, 2024
What a beautiful tribute! I had the pleasure of meeting Marie only a few times. We had the pleasure of breaking bread together at Johnny & Steve's beautiful home on the back patio one lovely summer's eve. She and I had a long conversation about our shared faith, as well as sharing stories about John & Steve. It was easy to feel of her deep love and respect for them, which we share in common. She was as beautiful and gracious as you describe. I have seen the beauty she brought into their home with her many talents, truly striking. May she rest in peace, and her loved ones always remember how she enriched their lives for having known her.
Shaila Sorenson

Family Tree

John Christian Andreae
Elizabeth "Lizzie"
Wilde
Robert Earl Osborne
Flossie Edna Deer
Marvin Edward Andreae
Thelma Geraldine Osborne
Don L. Banks
Jim V. Martin
Aaron J. Niepoetter
John F. Johnson
Delores "Dolly" Andreae
Marvin "Butch" Andreae
Larry D. Johnson
John M. "Johnny" Johnson
Niepoetter Boys: Bud, Rick & Dale
Niepoetter Girls: Billie, Theresa & Debbie
Banks Boys:
Bob, Darin, Ray & Kyle
Banks Girls: Loralee, Donita & Jocine
Delores "Dolly" Andreae
Marvin "Butch" Andreae
Don L. Banks
Jim V. Martin
Aaron J. Niepoetter
John F. Johnson
Larry D. Johnson
John M. "Johnny" Johnson
Niepoetter Boys: Bud, Rick & Dale
Niepoetter Girls: Billie, Theresa & Debbie
Banks Boys:
Bob, Darin, Ray & Kyle
Banks Girls: Loralee, Donita & Jocine
Thelma "Marie" Banks

Favorites


What was Thelma "Marie"'s favorite Music / Song?
Texas Tenors & Daniel O'Donnell
What was Marie's favorite trip?
Oregon Coast Lighthouse Tour
What was Thelma "Marie"'s favorite Drink?
Coke Zero

Celebrations


Please join us as we celebrate an amazing woman who brought love and joy to so many.

#1 - UTAH CELEBRATION OF LIFE / Dinner & Program
    Potluck dishes welcome
    Marie's Favorite Dishes (if she had a request)
    Letters & cards to Marie will be interned with her

#2 - TUSCOLA, IL CELEBRATION OF LIFE / Dinner & Program
    Potluck dishes welcome
    Marie's Favorite Dishes (if you know)
    Ham & Fried Chicken provided
    Letters & cards to Marie will be interned with her

#3 - ANCHOR, ILLINOIS FUNERAL & CELEBRATION
    Funeral, Burial, Dinner & Andreae Family Croquet Challenge
    Potluck dishes welcome
    Marie's Favorite Dishes (if you know)
    Ham & Fried Chicken provided
    Letters & cards to Marie will be interned with her
Location
UTAH CELEBRATION
Albemar Garden
Johnny & Steve's Home
8335 So. Spratling Drive
West Jordan, UT

TUSCOLA ILLINOIS CELEBRATION
Parkstone VIlla's Community Room
600 East Ficklin - 2nd Floor
Tuscola, IL

ANCHOR ILLINOIS
FUNERAL, BURIAL & CELEBRATION
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
16576 N 4000 East Road
Rural Anchor, IL
Date/time
UTAH CELEBRATION
Sunday, September 8th
5:00 PM Potluck Dinner
6:00 PM Storytelling
7:00 PM Dessert

TUSCOLA CELEBRATION
Friday, September 20th
6:00 PM Potluck Dinner
7:00 PM Storytelling

ILLINOIS FUNERAL & CELEBRATION
Saturday, September 21st
12:00 PM Funeral Service
1:00 PM Burial Service
1:30 PM Potluck Dinner
2:30 PM Croquet Challenge

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