Steven John Banko, 61, of Parsippany, formerly of West Caldwell, died Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
Born in Belleville, Steven was the son of Kazmierz and Rose Banko. Raised in Nutley, he graduated Nutley High School, and later studied Mechanical Engineering at NJIT in Newark.
Marrying Paulette Salierno, the couple settled in West Caldwell, where they welcomed a son, Lucas, and a daughter, Michele. Steve adored his children, and loved exposing them to his many passions, most of all skiing. Together, the family took many vacations to Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania, where the kids learned to ski. Later, they were able to enjoy the pastime together on the big mountains of Colorado. Steve had always enjoyed the sport, and as a child had regularly raced his cousin on the local hills.
Vacations to the Outer Banks in North Carolina were also greatly enjoyed by the family. They were regular visitors to the barrier island in the summer months, and the fun on the beach and in the surf will be remembered fondly for the rest of their days.
Steve loved his home in West Caldwell, and took great pride in the care of his property. He would meticulously care for the lawn, the pool and the gardens each spring, summer and fall, and the family greatly enjoyed relaxing in the beauty he created. He was a very handy guy, and added an addition to the original home and put in the family's swimming pool himself.
For the past 22 years, Steve's career was spent in the wireless communications industry, where he worked as a Project Manager. He most recently was employed by the Adex Corporation.
Steve is lovingly survived by his children, Lucas and Michele Banko; his sisters, Eileen Culkin and her husband Donald, and Suzanne Cafone; as well as his nieces, Brooke Repucci, Lesley Culkin, Kelly McCorkle and Jamie Cafone.
The family will hold an outdoor memorial gathering on Saturday, August 22 at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home from 11 am to 2 pm. Cremation was private.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Steve's memory would be greatly appreciated.