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Armella Margaret Bianchino

Armella Margaret Bianchino, 92, Great Bend, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, Overland Park.

She was born Dec. 1, 1920, in Schoenchen to Alex and Regina (Gottschalk) Bieker.

She married Sal Bianchino on Sept. 18, 1945, in Hays, Kansas. He preceded her in death April 25, 2012.

She was a florist for the Great Bend Greenhouse.

She was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Altar Society, St. Patrick traditional choir for more than 40 years, charter member of Daughters of Isabella, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and the Barton County Chorale, all of Great Bend.

Survivors include a son, Ed Bianchino and wife, Debbie, Overland Park; four daughters, Elaine Howe and husband, Jeff, Lakewood, Colo., Anita McKown and husband, Steve, Langhorne, Penn., Jeanette McRoberts and husband Dave, Brookfield, Wis., and Marian Fields, Overland Park; two sisters, Mabel Gross, Hays, and Nita Lyhane, Marysville; two brothers, Kenneth Bieker and Willard Bieker, both of Schoenchen; 11 grandchildren, Paul McKown, Jason McKown and Andrea, Brian McKown and wife, Ellen, Jill McRoberts, Marc McRoberts and wife, Kristen, Gina Centeno and husband, Javier, Zachary Ross, Rachel Patrum and 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.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Victor Bieker and Marvin Bieker; and three sisters, Alice Sauer, Lyla Bieker and an infant sister.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Great Bend; burial in Great Bend Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, KS 67530. An Altar Society rosary will be at 4 p.m. and a vigil service with rosary at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Holy Family School Endowment or Villa St. Joseph, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

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