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Margaret Gieschen Banck, 98, of Wilmington, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Trinity Grove, Wilmington.

She was born in Wilmington, on March 29, 1918, the daughter of the late Ernest Frederick Banck and Katharine Margaret Gieschen Banck. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise B. Polvogt and Johann B. Hinton, and one brother, E. Fred Banck, Jr.

Margaret Gieschen Banck
      Margaret Gieschen Banck

Margaret was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Following her graduation from Duke University, she worked at James Walker Memorial Hospital and then for Dr. George Johnson Sr. and Dr. Joseph Hooper Sr. She continued her education at Cornell Medical School, studying under Dr. Papaicolaou, and was the first person to read pap smears in Wilmington. This firm became Glen Meade OBGYN, where she worked for 47 years before retirement.

She was a member of the Cape Fear Country Club and a former member of the Hanover Seaside Club.

Margaret is survived by a sister, Norma Augusta Nettles of Lafayette, La.; two nieces, Judith B. Harm (Alvin) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jan B. Connor (Edward) of Niceville, Fla.; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was very close to her family.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Mark Opgrand officiating. Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Music or Window Fund, 12 N. 6th St., Wilmington, NC 28401.