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Frank Anthony Bianco Obituary
Bianco, Frank AnthonyFrank Anthony Bianco, son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Maggio) Bianco of Bethlehem, passed away on June 4th, he was 82 yrs old. His younger brother Leon passed away at the age of 28. Frank graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville, MD in 1949, and graduated from St. Francis College of Loretta, PA in 1953, where he majored in Pre-Med. He later attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City. In honor to serve our country, Frank served in the Army Medical Corps. during the Korean War. Frank was owner and president of Pembroke Dress Company in Bethlehem where he designed and manufactured women's garments. He was very active in the garment industry in Bethlehem and New York City, and served as Vice President of Atlantic Apparel in Pennsylvania. He was well liked, respected, generous to his employees, and provided a highly regarded workplace. Later in life, Frank and his wife Lori founded Leon's Bar, a pub where Lehigh students gather, where he was fondly called "Mr B.", serving up some of his Italian favorites. Frank operated this business for over 25 years. He was a member of Notre Dame Church, and he belonged to Saucon Valley Country Club, active in tennis, golf and bridge. He was an enthusiastic traveler, enjoyed playing monthly poker games with his lifelong friends and lived life to its fullest. Frank loved spending time at the shore each summer, together with his children and grandchildren, where his passions for cooking, fishing and zest for life were shared. He was active in the Jaycees, coached Legion and Connie Mack baseball and was a lifelong fan of the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Eagles. He will be lovingly remembered as a passionate Italian-American who loved his family, cooking, sharing a meal and his stories with his large family and circle of friends. Survivors: Frank is survived by his wife, Elaine (Carroll) Bianco. She has two children: Lisa Ross, married to John Ross and William Daniels, and fiancé Jessica Ferrozzo, as well as 3 grandchildren Stephanie, Kellyann and Tommy. Lori Bianco Ottesen was Frank's former wife. Together they have 5 children with spouses; Joseph and Katharine Bianco, Kathleen and Gerard McNally, Francine Bianco and Gregory Tax, Lisa and Troy Guth and Kristine and Robert Eckenrode, along with 9 grandchildren; Brian and Brendan McNally, Natasha and Clayton Tax, Tyler and Colby Guth, Emory and Skyla Eckenrode and Brianna Franchesca Bianco. Services: Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 8th from 6-8PM at Cantelmi Funeral Home, 1311 Broadway, Fountain Hill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30AM on Monday, June 9th at Notre Dame of Bethlehem, 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem. Burial with military honors will be held at Holy Savior Cemetery, Linden St., Bethlehem. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Notre Dame Church and/or . Online condolences at www.cantelmifuneralhome.com
Published in Morning Call from June 6 to June 7, 2014
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