Leslie Banks

Leslie Anne Banks

Saturday, January 3rd, 1959 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020
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Leslie Anne Banks (Van Loan) of Harwich Street, Kingston passed away peacefully while in the comforting presence of her loving family Thursday, May 14, 2020, following a year long battle with cancer. The oldest of seven children, she was born in Kingston, NY on January 3, 1959.

Raised in Port Ewen, Leslie was well loved in her town. She never had an enemy in her whole life, greeted everyone with a hug and kiss every time she saw them, and loved everyone with her whole heart. She made the best deviled eggs in town and never met a dance floor she didn’t like. Above all, she was the most loving mother of four children and four grandchildren who were her greatest loves, besides her steadfast and dedicated husband of 40 years.

She is survived by her adoring husband Kenneth J. Banks, Jr, her children Kenneth J Banks, III (Nichole Hladik) of Kingston, Melissa Banks-Harshberger (Clay) of Port Ewen, Shane Banks (Aly Stacey) of Saugerties, and Megan Banks-Scanlon (Jeremy) and her grandchildren Zachary Banks, Keegan Banks, Landon Banks and Isla Banks. Her brother James Banks, who never left her side at the end. He always gave her an ear to listen and a hand to hold. Her mother in law Janis Carlson-Loring who loved her since the day she met her 44 years ago. Additionally, she is survived by other siblings Christine Prehn (John) of Lake Katrine; Patricia Van Loan of Kingston, NY; Jim (Doreen) Van Loan of Myrtle Beach, SC; Edward Van Loan of Surfside Beach, SC; and Gerard Van Loan (Katherine) of Kingston, NY and her mother Maureen Van Loan (Hickey) of Surfside Beach, SC.

She is predeceased by her father Edward F. Van Loan, and her beloved sister, Mary C. Van Loan.

The Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus is entrusted with Leslie's care and arrangements which are private.

In lieu of flowers, Leslie asked that contributions in her memory be made to the charity organization that was the nearest & dearest to her heart: Christmas Wishes Ulster County, PO Box 4152, Kingston, NY 12402

Services and interment by her father in St. Mary's Cemetery will be held privately at the convenience of the family. A public celebration of Leslie's life will be announced at a later date.

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    St. Mary's Cemetery
    322 Foxhall Ave
    Kingston, NY 12401
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Darlene Yannotty

Posted at 06:27am
Leslie was a wonderful woman. I had the pleasure of working with her at Pine Street Peds. for 16 years. She will be missed.

Darlene Yannotty

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Melissa Banks-Harshberger

Posted at 11:25pm
I will spend every minute of the rest of my life missing you Mom

Stephen Mihic

Posted at 11:31am
Sincere condolences to the Banks and Van Loan Families...Leslie will be missed. Steve and Mijo Mihic

Dave & Sandy

Posted at 09:34am
To the Banks and Van Loan Family. We are so sorry and express our heartfelt condolences during this time of sorrow. Rest in Peace Leslie, but you probably will not, because you surely have become one of God's Angels and will continue from Heaven. Leslie could do what very few could, you could be in a terrible mood and she would see you, smile that big smile and give you a hug and the bad mood or problems were gone. It breaks our heart with her passing and the world has lost a very special person who will never be forgotten. We will miss you terribly. Heaven has a New Angel and you know she will be watching and guiding the whole family from above.
Dave & Sandy McMahon

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