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Bernadette Therese Kearney Pian


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Bernadette Therese Kearney Pian

Memphis, TN

Bernadette Therèse Kearney Pian was born to eternal life on July 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years, Dr. Maurice C. (Mickey) Pian, Jr., her father Edward Augustine Kearney, of Eden, NY, and her mother Agnes Mary O'Keefe Kearney of DeBruce, NY. Bernadette was the youngest of eight siblings who have predeceased her, sisters Rita Friel, Isabelle Conway, Elizabeth Prior, Helen Simon and Margaret Cusack, and brothers, Edward Kearney, Jr., MD and John Kearney, USMC.

Bernadette was born at home in the Bronx, NY on September 21, 1923, into a proud Irish Catholic family and attended Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School and the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula. She went on to earn her B.S. in Home Economics from Hunter College NYC and married Mickey on September 6, 1948 at Our Lady of Refuge in the Bronx. She worked for New York Bell until the birth of their first child, and moved to Memphis in 1956 when her husband was recruited to Saint Joseph Hospital where he served as Chief of Surgery and Surgical Residency Program Director.

Deeply devoted to their faith, Bernadette and Mickey were founding parishioners of Saint Louis Catholic Church where she later joined the choir to further serve. She was a member of St. Joseph Circle, Madonna Circle, Circle Arts, St. Louis Altar Guild, and Saint Agnes/Saint Dominic and CBHS mothers' clubs. She especially enjoyed working for the needs of the children at St. Peter Home for Children where she drove youth to appointments, mended their clothes and made Easter dresses for those in foster care. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, baking, gardening and hosting as well as regularly gathering with long-time friends to play bridge. She and Mickey also enjoyed golf together at Colonial Country Club, and with the Mississippi Seniors Golf Association, and she regularly played with the ladies as a member of Interclub. Bernadette was happiest surrounded by her family and always warmly welcomed others in any social occasion.

Lovingly known as "Grandy" to her six grandchildren, she especially cherished any activity involving them and could often be found huddling side by side over homework and cheering them on as their biggest fan at sporting events.

After her husband's death in 1997, Bernadette immersed herself in family activities and enjoyed traveling with her children and grandchildren. She later moved to the Pecan Grove community and then to Ave Maria Assisted Living, making many new friends and reconnecting with others as she brought her enthusiasm for bridge, poker, bingo and water aerobics. She was known to outreach to other residents to get them engaged in these activities and was a most requested guest at the socials. Among her most loved activities at Ave Maria was her participation in the Divine Mercy prayer group. Until the past few months, she was also active in the knitting ministry at Saint Louis where she made beautiful prayer and baptismal shawls for newborns. Bernadette was a gracious lady who will be deeply missed by her family and all who had the pleasure of her company.

She leaves three daughters, Bernadette Williams (Steve) of Dallas, TX, Barbara Evangelisti (Joe) and Denice Pian of Memphis, and a son, Maurice Pian, III (Alice) of Memphis, as well as six grandchildren, Joan Williams of Dallas, TX, and Joey, Andrew, and Matthew Evangelisti of Memphis, and Alice and Maurice Pian, IV of Memphis.

Visitation and Rosary will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 31 at Canale Funeral Directors. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Louis Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 1 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Ave Maria Foundation, Saint Agnes Academy, Christian Brothers High School, Harwood Center or to a .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 30, 2017
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