Anna Ella “Anne” Bianco of Riverhead, an active volunteer in various community groups and a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died of complications from a fall.
She was 90 and succumbed March 7 at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
Born May 23, 1927, in Astoria, Queens, Bianco and her late husband, Jerry, raised their family in various communities across Long Island before settling in North Massapequa.
Bianco, a member of the Red Hat Society, a literacy program at the Riverhead Free Library and the Riverhead school district’s grandparent program, among other organizations, gave much of her time and money to her neighbors.
“She was very active in her community,” said her daughter Annmarie Schneider, of West Islip. “Her last few years, she was so happy.”
She loved playing mah-jongg, cooking dishes such as her signature roulade, riding in her sons’ biplane and staying in close touch with the goings-on of family members.
“She was always aware of what was going on in any of her children’s families. I felt so loved by her,” said her son-in-law Craig Schneider.
She stayed up on pop culture and current events, and could speak about the Kardashians as easily as politics or literature, her daughter said.
A devout Christian, Bianco worshipped at churches of various denominations before becoming involved at First Congregational Church of Riverhead, her daughter said. There, she became an active member and a steady volunteer at the parish’s thrift shop.
She rewrote the lyrics of “Imagine,” putting a religious spin on the John Lennon song and asking her son-in-law Craig Schneider to sing the modified tune at her memorial service, which he did.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two sons, John, of North Massapequa, and Jerry, of Westhampton; three other daughters, Adele Schlie, of Yaphank, Janeen Bianco-Splann, of Washington state and Joy Larry, of Arizona; 17 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held March 12 at First Congregational Church of Riverhead. Her ashes will be interred next to her husband’s grave at Calverton National Cemetery.