GREAT BEND — Sal Bianchino, 94, died April 25, 2012 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
He was born Dec. 24, 1917 at West Albany, New York, the son of Salvatore and Susan (Nardiello) Bianchino.
Mr. Bianchino was a Great Bend resident since 1945 coming from New York, N.Y. He was a United States Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving with the 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force. He came to Walker Army Air Force Base in Kansas from New York.
He married Armella Bieker Sept. 18, 1945 at Hays. He was a clerk, supervisor and rural carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, American Legion Argonne Post 180, B-29 Memorial Committee and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Survivors include his wife, Armella Bianchino, of the home; a son, Ed Bianchino and wife Debbie, Overland Park; four daughters: Elaine Howe and her husband Jeff, Lakewood, Colo.; Anita McKown and her husband Steve, Langhorne, Pa.; Jeanette McRoberts and her husband Dave, Brookfield, Wis.; Marian Fields, Overland Park; a sister: Teresa Allen of West Islip, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren: Paul McKown, Jason McKown and his wife Andrea; Brian McKown and his wife Ellen; Jill McRoberts, Marc McRoberts and his wife Kristen, Gina McRoberts, Zachary Ross, Rachel Patrum and her husband Mike, Nathan Fields, Chris Bianchino, and Alyssa Bianchino; seven great-grandchildren: Katherine McKown, William Johnson, Mac McRoberts, Cabriah Ross, Emmanuel Ross, Alassa Gevanni, and Maxwell Patrum.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis Bianchino, Anthony Bianchino, and Gerald Bianchino; a sister, Philomena Bianchino; and a half-sister, Mary Alonso.
A Vigil Service is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great Bend with Celebrant Father Reginald A. Urban. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery with military rites by Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Holy Family School Endowment Fund or Cherry Village Nursing Home, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home *
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS, 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, April 26, 2012