DeWitt resident Sally Banowetz passed away in 2020, but her memory lives on through a memorial endowment fund in her honor.
Sally and her husband, Paul, had 15 children, 40 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren. The Banowetz family decided to create a lasting legacy to honor their parents by establishing The Paul and Sally Banowetz Family Scholarship Fund.
Sally was an avid quilter and baker. She and her husband loved square dancing and attended many state and national square dance conventions. Sally enjoyed family motorcycle rides and playing cards. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph Guild and St. Joseph Altar and Rosary Society.
When growing up, Sally and Paul only received an 8th grade education from the small, country schools they attended, but later in life went back to school as adults to get their high school diplomas. Education was very important to them and this passion lives on through the impact made by their scholarship memorial fund.
“Our mother was such a loving person, and she devoted her entire life to caring for others, including her large family, assisting the elderly and providing hospice care to end-of-life patients. What better way to honor her and our father than to establish a scholarship fund in their name to help others in our community who are in need,” said Leon Banowetz. “Growing up we relied on scholarships to help fund our educations and now being able to pay it forward to future generations is a tremendous gift.”