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Antoinette Marie Picco Fyans

Antoinette Marie Picco Fyans (affectionately known by many as "Anne," "Annie" or "Tony") joined her husband Jack and family in heaven on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.

She was born on August 28, 1915. Her father John M Picco was the 2nd Italian Counsel to the United States. He also founded and directed The American Investment Company of Clayton Missouri and Stella Cheese Corporation of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Her great grandfather Arturo Granata was the first Italian Counsel to the United States. However, unlike their fields of law and diplomacy, she focused her life on human service.

She earned her RN at St. John's school of nursing in 1937. She was so frustrated by the invidious attack on Pearl Harbor she attempted to join the US Army. But she weighed only 80 pounds. Her mother sewed 20 pounds of fish weights in her girdle for her next enlistment interview and she became 1st Lt Anne Picco. During the war she was in charge of surgery at the 318th station hospital in Tidsworth, England. On the gangplank, headed to England, she met 1st Lt. Jack Fyans whom would remain a lifelong bond.

After the war, she obtained a BSN and three separate Masters Degrees. It was very rare for a mother of 2 children to earn such graduate degrees in the 1950s and 1960s but that goal helped her serve others. With that background she worked for decades until she was 94 at Lincoln Land Community College (helping start the nursing program there in 1967), Memorial Medical Center and the Mental Health Center. She felt it was the goal of each human, regardless of their current circumstances, to reach and achieve their fullest potential.

While very professional, Anne was also very much the spark of life. One of her favorite quotes is from Auntie Mame; in that "life is a feast but some poor souls need help getting to the buffet." Unfortunately her "sparkiness" got her family some disconsolation early in her life. In 1922 at age 7 her father invited his friend Arturo Toscanini and his La Scala Orchestra to play in Springfield. Anne was to present Toscanini a "loving cup of flowers." She resolutely and impolitely refused. However upon coercion by her mother, she did get on stage with Toscanini and threw the cup and flowers at him. She recalls at least the Governor laughed that night. (The Lincoln Hall in New York City has a photograph of the event.)

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack and her son John J Fyans. She is survived by her brother John M Picco and her son Dr. Leslie J (Jack) Fyans Jr. and his wife Paula. Her grandchildren are Leslie J. Picco (JP) Fyans III and wife Kristin and Angela Marie Picco Fyans-Jimenez and her husband Sergio.

She has four boisterous, adventurous, and brilliant great grandchildren: Natalya, Jackson, Luciano, and Charlie. Her motto of always believing in yourself and seeking God's Guidance as well as seeing all of life as one grand opportunity will resonate in the lives of her great grandchildren as well as in anyone who knew Anne Fyans.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL where the family will receive friends from 4-7 pm Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL. Funeral services will be at 11:30 am Friday, December 27, 2013 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, IL where she was a longtime member. Pastor's Joshua Traxel, Michael Mast and Rev. Dr. Robert Wiese will officiate. Burial will follow with full military honors in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Bethesda Lutheran Home, 700 Hoffman Drive, Watertown Wisconsin 53098

Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.



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