In memory of
Jeannette Banoczi January 21, 1922 - August 15, 2017 Jeannette Bernadette Boulay was born in Lowell Massachusetts and grew up as the 6th of 10 children on a farm in Dracut, Mass. French was her childhood language, and as she grew up there were two things that she always believed in … God, and her Trumpet. As young as 15, Jeannette was already winning talent contests, including the Ted Mack Amateur Hour Radio Show. By 18, she had moved to New York City and performed before Maestro Leopold Stokowski. She was also playing First Trumpet for the Phil Spitalny All Girl Hour of Charm in coast to coast broadcasts from 1940 to 1945. Her decision to finally relocate to California came after her coming to Hollywood to play in the movie "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". God and her trumpet guided her to her first husband Humbert Pennino, first trumpet for Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra. Their love produced 3 children Jeannette, Madelaine, and Naomi. They founded and ran Pennino Music Company, the largest wholesaler of musical instruments on the West Coast. When their youngest was only 11 months old, Humbert passed from cancer. Jeannette and her sister Lynn continued to run the company. Jeanette picked up her trumpet, packed up her three small daughters and joined the Ina Ray Hutton All-Girl Band in Las Vegas. Five years later, God and her trumpet guided her to another musician, saxophone player Jack Banoczi. They enjoyed 50 beautiful years of marriage. Expanding their love of music, Jeannette and Jack turned to radio and eventually owned seven radio stations in Southern California and Las Vegas. Jeannette may have been petite in size, but she was a force to be reckoned with. Always giving back to her community, she served on many Boards and Committees throughout Southern California. Jeannette went on to found the Coachella Valley Symphony in 1993. The Symphony which still exists today, was made up almost entirely of professional musicians who served on a voluntary basis. Jeannette knew how important music was to children, as she first picked up the horn at age 10. So, in 1995 she founded the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony. She wanted to expand children's music even further and in 1997, formed the Beginning String Conservatory where paid musicians would teach beginning students free of charge. To this day, thousands of children have come through the Symphony doors. Jeannette's accolades and awards are numerous. If you're in the Palm Springs area, you can see her Star on the Walk of Stars. She's received so many awards including the Jefferson Award, the Athena Award, and even Republican of the Year Award for the State of California. Jeanette leaves behind her husband of 50 years Jack, her daughters Naomi and Madelaine, and her grandchildren Dean, Leslie, Elysse, Eric, and Evan. Jeannette passed away of natural causes at 6:30am August 15th. Her discharge nurse at the hospital was named Angel and the gentleman receiving her and taking care of her at Forest Lawn is named Jesus. Coincidence? I think not. I think that today God is telling Gabriel he's been blowing his horn long enough … there's a new First Trumpet in town. Viewing: Tuesday August 22, 2017 Forest Lawn Cathedral City 5 - 9pm Services: Wednesday August 23, 2017 Forest Lawn Cathedral City 10am Cemetery: Thursday August 24, 2017 11am Holy Cross Cemetery 5835 W. Slauson Ave. Culver City. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: desertsun.com/obituaries
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