Published on -4/26/2012, 10:09 AM
Sal Bianchino, 94, Great Bend, formerly of New York, N.Y., died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
He was born Dec. 24, 1917, in West Albany, N.Y., to Salvatore and Susan (Nardiello) Bianchino.
He married Armella Bieker on Sept. 18, 1945, in Hays. He was a clerk, supervisor and rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a U.S. 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 was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, American Legion Argonne Post No. 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 husband, Jeff, Lakewood, Colo., Anita McKown and husband, Steve, Langhorne, Pa., Jeanette McRoberts and husband, Dave, Brookfield, Wis., and Marian Fields, Overland Park; a sister, Teresa Allen, West Islip, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, Paul McKown, Jason McKown and wife, Andrea, Brian McKown and wife, Ellen, Jill McRoberts, Marc McRoberts and wife, Kristen, Gina McRoberts, Zachary Ross, Rachel Patrum and husband, Mike, Nathan Fields, Chris Bianchino and Alyssa Bianchino; and 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.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Great Bend; burial in Great Bend Cemetery, with military rites by Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend.
A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Holy Family School Endowment Fund or Cherry Village Nursing Home in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.bryantfh.net.