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19 Rock Island Rd
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: 509-470-6702
Fax: 509-470-6186
Meera Banaji, MD

Meera Banaji, MD

Friday, July 15th, 1932 - Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
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Meera Banaji, MD
July 15, 1932 – August 21, 2019
Wenatchee, Washington

Dr. Meera Banaji, 87, died peacefully at Central Washington Hospital on Wednesday August 21, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Born July 15, 1932 to Shew and Amy Das in Lahore, India Meera attended Bishop Westcott School in Ranchi in Southern Bihar followed by the Women's College in Patna for pre-medical education. She enrolled in Prince of Wales Medical College in Patna in 1951. Following she worked in a private hospital in New Delhi as well as Kurji Holy Family Hospital in Patna. On April 22, 1961 she married Eddie P. Banaji in Patna, India. She and Eddie had two children, Darius born in 1962 and Nilufer born in 1963. Seeking better opportunities for themselves and their children, Meera and Eddie immigrated to the USA in September of 1971 they lived in Everett, Seattle and finally settled in Bellevue Washington.

As written by her colleague Dr. Fred Appelbaum, “In 1972 Meera joined the Division of Oncology as a medical technologist. From 1972 until her retirement in 1997, Meera dedicated her professional life to making sure transplant patients got the right blood products at the right time. When Meera first arrived, the King County Blood Bank did not provide platelet transfusions. Meera set up a complete platelet transfusion service, recruiting faculty, staff, nurses, laboratory technicians and patient family members to donate the all-important platelets for transplant patients. She subsequently conducted practice changing studies of the impact of ABO compatibility on the choice of platelet donors, on the use of CMV-safe blood products, and on the role of splenectomy prior to transplantation. As those of us of a certain age remember, every morning she singlehandedly decided which of our transplant patients would be transfused and with what products. She taught us the consequences of major versus minor ABO mismatching on post-transplant outcomes, how to handle patients as they changed their blood types, and which platelet products to choose for each patient. Whenever an unusual transfusion problem developed, Meera was the person we turned to. Everything Meera did, she did with grace and compassion, and always in a beautiful sari.”

Prior to her move to Wenatchee in 2013, Meera was a very active member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church for over 35 years. She served on the Altar Guild and also volunteered in the Thrift Shop. Meera was a voracious reader and belonged to several book clubs, loved her daily jumble word and crossword puzzle. She enjoyed traveling the world, was a very talented knitter, passionate in Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging and was a fabulous cook!

Meera is survived by her son, Darius (Liz) Banaji of Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter Nilufer Wheeler of Wenatchee WA; three grandchildren, that she was most proud of, Justin Wheeler of Des Moines IA, Ryan and Cameron Wheeler both of Wenatchee, WA. Meera was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 45 years, Eddie. Other family members include Bob and Helen Das, and three nieces, Jennifer, Sheila and Catherine, one great niece, Olivia, all of Canada as well as Arun and Nayantara Adhikari, Meera Adhikari, and Ravi and Gita Adhikari all of India.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday September 28, 2019 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church 4228 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA. Family and friends are invited to join a reception immediately following the service in Bristol Hall. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Margaret’s Memorial Fund. Please sign the online guestbook found at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com

Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the St. Margaret’s family, Altar Guild and especially Pam Griffith for your care and preparation of our Mom’s service and reception.
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
    Address
    4228 Factoria Blvd. SE
    BELLEVUE, WA 98006
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    A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday September 28, 2019 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church 4228 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Margaret’s Memorial Fund. Please sign the online guestbook found at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the St. Margaret’s family, Altar Guild and especially Pam Griffith for your care and preparation of our Mom’s service and reception.
  • Reception

    Location
    St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
    Address
    4228 Factoria Blvd. SE
    BELLEVUE, WA 98006
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    Family and friends are invited to join a reception immediately following the service in Bristol Hall.

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Crystol Lee

Posted at 11:59am
Meera was my good friend for 40 years. Our children were the same ages and we frequently saw each other outside of our workplace, Fred Hutch. I worked in lab, and she was there every morning, ordering platelets for our patients, often looking over our shoulders to get the counts "hot off the press". Her delightful accent thrilled me every time I we spoke on phone after she moved to Wenatchee. I was planning on visiting her, but when I called on her birthday, she didn't answer. So I left a message, and after it was relayed to her, she cheerily called me from hospital. She sounded wonderful, so we made arrangements for me to come when she went home. Unfortunately that never happened, and I regret so much I couldn't see her one more time. I cherish all the wonderful gifts she brought me from India. I loved her and miss her. Crystol Lee
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bill trabold

Posted at 03:41pm
Eddie and Meera were our former next store neighbors in Bellevue. They were perfect , enjoyable neighbors. I will always remember listening to Meera recount her trips to India in her own unique style. She was truly a delightful person and an asset to all who knew her.

God speed, Meera.......................................Bill and Normajean trabold
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Wendy R Focht

Posted at 04:34pm
Sending love and prayers to you and your family Nil! Much love, Wendy and Brian Focht
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Sue

Posted at 10:46pm
I cherish my almost 45 year friendship with Meera from the Platelet Room at the Hutch to St. Margaret's Church, Thrift Shop and Book Group and lengthy phone visits following her retirement to Wenatchee. With Meera goes 'Chicken Little', her nickname for husband Jim due to his evasions of the Platelet Room and all our memories from that momentous time of our life. I also miss her book recommendations, introduction to North Indian food and countless other facets of our long friendship. Here's to you, Meera, until we meet again... fondly, Sue and Chicken Little Flexer
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