Pedro (Pete) Banez Fernandez MD passed away on December 2, 2022. He was born on June 29, 1937 to Jose S. and Laura B. Fernandez in Balogo, Binmaley, Pangasinan, Philippines. Pedro graduated from Lingayen, Pangasinan Provincial High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1958 from Far Eastern University in Manila. His medical school and internship were completed in 1963 at Far Eastern University.
Due to a shortage of doctors in the United States, he was recruited to come to Evangelical Deaconess Hospital, Milwaukee, WI in 1964. Pedro was at Deaconess for a year, completing his second internship in December 1965.
Pedro then completed a general practice residency at Norwegian American Hospital, Chicago, IL, completing the program in July 1967. From there he went to Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Temple, Texas, where he completed a three-year residency years in obstetrics and gynecology. , completing the program in 1970.
The following year, 1970-1971, Pedro was an intern at Mount Sinai Hospital, Milwaukee, WI. Her work focused on gynecological surgery. It was during this year that he studied for and passed the Wisconsin State Medical and Surgical Licensure Examination.
In 1971 Pedro established a medical practice in Sheboygan, WI, joining the staff of Family Medical Center and joined the staff of St. Nicholas Hospital and Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Fernandez joined the staff at the Sheboygan Clinic in 1972.
Pedro was recognized as a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1975 and became a Fellow in 1976. He was recognized as a Charter Member of the Gynecologic Laser Society. The American Society for Colposcopy and Colpomicroscopy, dedicated to the study of early cervical neoplasia, certified Dr. Fernandez as an active member in 1977.
Pedro proudly became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1975 at the Sheboygan County Courthouse. He always fondly remembered his homeland, the Philippines, and his cherished family there.
Thirty-six years after graduating from medical school and after twenty-seven years of practicing obstetrics and gynecology, Pedro retired in 1999. His dedication to his patients never tired. He always believed that every patient deserved the best care he was able to provide.
When Pedro was not working, he could often be found on or near the water. He enjoyed fishing on small inland lakes and rivers, the Great Lakes and the oceans. He also enjoyed the challenge of following and investing in the stock market. In addition to living in Texas and Wisconsin, he and Judy were able to enjoy Florida during their retirement.
Pedro was married to Norma Moulic Fernandez, in the Philippines. They had three children: Pedro M. (Maria Lucia), Rocklin, CA, Marilyn M., Hercules, CA and Jason M. (MariLou) Sacramento, CA.
In 1968 Pedro married Judith A. (Prange) Fernandez. They enjoyed celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018. They have three children: John P. (Lily) Glendale, WI, Glenn P. (Sandra Starkweather) Boulder, CO and Greg P. (Stacy) Cedarburg, WI.
He is survived by 11 grandchildren: Kristine Manuel, AJ (JoBelle), Brian, Brandon, Erin, Julia, Zachary, Aaliyah, Violet, Quincy and Detroit and four great-grandchildren: Jazelle, Skye, Zoey and Greyson .
He is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Donna Prange and Adelaid Fernandez.
He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers: Antonio and Rudolfo and three sisters: Lourdes Ferrer, Anita Dizon and Araceli Buscaino. He was also predeceased by his parents-in-law: Lester and Frieda Prange and four brothers-in-law: Theodore (Ted) Prange. Bo Dizon, Gil Buscaino and Fred Ferrer.
A celebration of Pedro’s life will be held on December 17 at Crossroads Presbyterian Church: 6031 W Chapel Hill Road, Mequon WI. There will be a visitation with the family starting at 1:00 p.m. The memorial service will begin at 2:00 p.m. and with interment following the service. A live stream of the service will be available at: www.crossroadspres.org.
We would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Aurora Medical Center – Grafton and Horizon Home Hospice Care for the excellent care and compassion shown to Pedro.
If you would like to honor Pedro’s life with a special gift, the family asks that you consider becoming a blood donor or contributing financially to Parkinson’s disease or diabetes research.
The Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service was responsible for Pedro’s arrangements. Please consider signing our online guestbook (www.myrhum-patten.com) to share your condolences with the family.
Posted on December 09, 2022
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