Anna Bianco

Anna Bianco, 81, of Williamsport, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born March 24, 1931, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John and Felicia (Fraioli) Quadrini.

She is survived by her husband, Mario of Williamsport, whom she married on April 15, 1956. In addition, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Susan (Halderman) Bianco of Montoursville; and a son, Michael Bianco of San Jose, Calif.; as well as two brothers, Alfred of Hendersonville, N.C., and Frank of Mount Kisco, N.Y.; and a sister-in-law, Josephine of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; and by a number of nieces and nephews throughout the country.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Anthony, Philip and John and a sister, Mamie.

She was a devoted and loving wife and mother and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Anna was raised in Mamaroneck, N.Y., where she married and raised her children surrounded by a wonderful group of family and friends in and around Mamaroneck. She was the youngest of her six siblings and only two years old when her father died during a trip to Italy, and, consequently, her brothers and sister played an important role in her life, as well as nephews, John Joe, and John and nieces, Arlene, Marie and Phyllis, all of whom spent much time around her. She also lovingly cared for her mother who moved in with the family for many years.

She was the quintessential Italian wife and mother caring for her family and cooking up a storm of delicious foods and baked goods. Mario’s favorite cake was strawberry shortcake with sliced bananas and plenty of whipped cream. She was known to collect a strawberry or two in her day, as many will recall. Many young people who were friends of her sons and who often came to Anna and Mario’s home, will recall fond memories of Anna and her mother, known as Nona to all, for the many treats provided and the fun times enjoyed.

Later in life, she and Mario moved to San Jose, Calif., but after experiencing the San Francisco earthquake of 1989, (her son John often joked “they never cared for rock and roll”) the two of them decided to move back east and relocated to Williamsport.

Anna graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1948 and worked at the Rye National Bank, Harrison, N.Y., until she was promoted to Mother in 1957 and spent the rest of her life caring for her family. Anna was a member of the former Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church for many years.

Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., on Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susquehanna Health Cancer Center, C/O Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.