LEWISTON — Adeline Gebauer Banks, 90, of 14 Theresa Ave., Lewiston, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Feb. 19.

She was born in Lewiston, Nov. 14, 1920, daughter of Richard and Christina Trimback Gebauer, she was one of seven children. She graduated from Lewiston High School, Class of 1939. After graduation, she worked in the office of the W.S. Libbey Co. and was actively involved in the Girl Scouts of America, both as a member and one of the area’s first Troop leaders. Adeline then attended and graduated from St. Mary’s General Hospital School of Nursing in February 1947.

During nursing school, she proudly served in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and was honorably discharged just after the end of World War II. She then spent time traveling with friends, working as an operating room nurse in Detroit, Mich., Pasadena, Calif., and Hartford, Conn., before returning home to Lewiston.

She married Edward A. Banks Sr. on Oct. 10, 1953, at St. Joseph’s Church in Lewiston and together they raised their two children. She worked as an Operating Room Nurse, first at Central Maine General Hospital and then at St. Mary’s General Hospital for many years until retiring in May 1983. She remained at St. Mary’s for several years as a loyal volunteer. Adeline was a lifelong and active member of St. Joseph’s Church. She loved to travel and especially enjoyed her frequent trips over the years to visit her sister, Pauline and all her nieces and nephews in New Glarus, Wis. Her favorite trips abroad, along with family, were to Switzerland and Italy.

Adeline also loved spending time with her family and friends, knitting, gardening, reading and her trips to Foxwoods Casino.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane K. Banks of Sabattus; her son, Edward Jr. and his wife, Beverly, of Lewiston; a sister, Pauline Ott of New Glarus, Wis.; special nieces and nephews, Anne and Orman Moody of Auburn, Mass., and Christina and Verdell Jones of Winthrop; and many other family members.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward in August 1990.

The family extends a very special and heartfelt “thank-you” to Dr. Darleen Miller, Adeline’s primary care physician and friend, for her loving attention and exceptional care over the past 20 years and especially during her last few days at home. Special thanks also to Pat Melaragno and Barbara Smith, Mom’s primary support specialists, from “Helping Hands,” for their wonderful in-home care and to all the Androscoggin Hospice RNs and aides for their dedication and kindness.

Condolences, donations, and a photo tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.

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