Sources include: Detroit Free Press The Detroit News Observer & Eccentric Media / Hometown Weeklies Livingston County Daily Press & Argus

BANONIS VINCENT JOSEPH, SR. Age 89, of Southfield, died October 23, 2010 at Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI. He is the beloved husband of Marilyn and loving father of Carolyn Anglin (friend Gary Helisek). He was preceded in death by three wonderful sons, Vince Jr., Jim, and Steve. He is survived by many special relatives and friends and will be greatly missed. His wonderful stories will continue to be treasured by all. Vince attended Detroit Catholic Central High School and was recently inducted in their inaugural Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated from the University of Detroit and was named as a College Football All American. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served as Lieutenant from 1942-1946. Vince had an illustrious career in professional football. He played with the Chicago Cardinals in the 1940's (1947 World Championship team) as well as the Detroit Lions in 1951-1953 winning (2) more World Championships. He was an inductee in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday October 27, 2010 at Haley Funeral Directors in Southfield with a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. (24525 Northwestern Hwy./ east of Evergreen and south of 10 Mile on southside service drive). A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday October 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Transfiguration Church, 25225 Code Road ( 3 blks west of Lahser, North of Ten Mile) 10 Mile Road, Southfield. Burial is immediately following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207 will be appreciated. Online condolences can be made at

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Pat Twomey10/27/2010

As a youngster lying on the living room floor, I remember listening to Van Patrick, "Vince Banonis out over the ball, Bobby Layne under center ... " How could we go wrong? CC Shamrocks and UD Titans too. What a wonderful life! God Bless.

Peggy Schodowski10/27/2010

Uncle Vince, you'll be deeply missed by many, yet your stories will live on forever. We love you. Peggy, Eddie & Hannah

Ann Noble (Brookes)10/27/2010

Marilyn I am so sorry for your loss. I know we have not seen you guys since my mom and dad passed away in the 80's and early 90's. I am also so sorry to see you also lost three sons. All us "Brookes kids" will keep you in our prayers.

Marge (Budzinski) Iwankovitsch10/27/2010

My condolences to the Banonis Family. Years ago when we lived 2 doors from John Bannon and his family, Vince & Vic used to visit and play football with my little brothers. We have good memories of all of them, and know that he will be missed by all of the family! God Bless you all! Marge

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