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Constance M. "Connie" Bianchi

1932 - 2015 PITTSFIELD Mrs. Constance M. "Connie" Douillet Bianchi, age 83, of 490 Williams St., died Monday, Mar. 2, 2015 at Berkshire Medical Center. She was born in Boston, Jan. 7, 1932, the daughter of Emile and Lena Douillet. She moved to the family homestead at 94 Newell Street at an early age, attended local schools and was a 1949 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Initially employed in the copy room at the Berkshire Eagle, she assisted her late husband, Al, in the operation of Imperial Lanes and after a fire, the Bubble Room. She was the bookkeeper, waitress and bartender at different points during the work day in addition to raising her children. Connie later became employed in the medical offices of Dr. Raymond Colby for 15 years prior to working at Berkshire Community Action Council. Most recently, she was employed at Berkshire Orthopedics for 10 years, retiring at the age of 65. A communicant of Sacred Heart Church, she enjoyed reading, daily crossword puzzles, watching and learning about the daily weather forecast and following politics on both a local and national level. She enjoyed traveling and most especially, her trip to Italy. Of all of her interest, she most enjoyed her role as a Mom and Grandmother, following all of her children's and grandchildren's activities. Connie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, great aunt, and friend. She could often be found down at the park watching her children and grandchildren play sports. She was filled with pride and felt privileged to have been blessed with such wonderful family and friends; which she placed above all else. As a wife, Connie loved and supported Al unconditionally through both good times and bad. Together, they enjoyed raising their three children together and being involved in the community and involved in the lives of the people which comprised it. When Al was diagnosed with cancer, Connie's strength shown bright, and even after his passing she remained an unshakable rock for her family. As a mother, Connie was selfless and compassionate; and not only towards her own children but towards any child in need of a home or a warm meal. Stern only when she needed to be, she had a way, a certain grace and charm, a manner by which she could put you at ease. Her willingness to lend an empathetic ear or a helping hand ensured that no child ever felt lost on her watch. As a grandmother, she was gentle and wise. You could always find her at the kitchen table waiting with open arms. Confronted with life-decisions, Connie could illuminate the right decision without being forceful or demanding. She was naturally comforting, the calming heart of the family, and enjoyed providing such comfort. As an aunt and a friend, she was caring, kind, and dependable. She was there for you, no matter what. She saw the best in people and brought the best out in people. She left an endearing mark on us all. Nonnie, thank you for sharing your beautiful spirit with the world, we love you and we will all miss you so much. She and her husband, Albert J. "Al" Bianchi, were married June 10, 1950 in Sacred Heart Church. Al died July 16, 1980. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah B. Horth of Pittsfield, her two sons, Alan J. Bianchi and his wife, Debby, and Gary A. Bianchi and his wife, Kathy, both of Pittsfield. She was the 'Proud Nonnie' of her nine grandchildren, Alison, Bradley and his wife, Claire and Lauren, Robert along with his wife, Rachel, Alexander, Nicholas and Christian as well as Gillian and Jonathan. She is also survived by 'her son from another mother', Brandon Rousseau. Nonnie was predeceased by her son-in-law, James H. Horth III and her grandson, James Horth IV, who died at age 4 months. FUNERAL NOTICE: Constance M. Bianchi, age 83, of Pittsfield, died March 2, 2015. Calling hours at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held SATURDAY morning at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home followed with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 am at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. James K. Joyce, pastor, officiating and with the Rev. Steven Montesanti, pastor of Notre Dame Church of St. Thomas Aquinas, Adams, MA Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Joseph's Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Bianchi-Barbarotta Foundation or to the Ben Joslyn Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 4, 2015
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