Mary Anne (Bianchi) Cronican
August 25, 1935 – December 3, 2020
Mary Anne, 85, passed away December 3, 2020 in Omaha.
Mary Anne was born to William and Julia (Gruber) Cronican. She was the 6thof 8 children and grew up in South Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from South High in 1953 and later from Omaha University. She sang and worked her way through college to become a primary teacher. She married Anthony James Bianchi on October 25, 1960; together they welcomed 5 children. Mary Anne then decided to give up teaching and focus on raising her children and they kept her on her toes!
After her children were grown, Mary Anne focused her energy on others she could help – she was a bit of a magnet for people who needed a prayer warrior, a shoulder to lean on, or some good sound advice. She loved attending daily mass and made it the central point of her daily plans. Mary Anne had a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother and spent many hours in prayer saying the rosary and reflecting on the lives of Mary and Jesus. She began a Cenacle prayer group around 1990, which had several spin offs, and her efforts are still alive today! Above all, she loved the Blessed Mother and Jesus Christ and made it her mission to help people to know them.
Mary Anne also loved to travel. She traversed the globe several times over to connect with extended family, see the world, and make pilgrimages to many holy places – some more than once! She also loved singing, dancing, golfing, nature, animals and adjectives. Nothing was ever just “nice”; rather, it was awesome, beautiful, gorgeous, delightful, amazing, fantastic, or glorious!! She saw the beauty of God’s greatness in literally everything around her. Despite her 85 years, she never grew old; preferring to view the world through the eyes of a youngster. We are consoled in knowing she is singing and dancing with the angels now.
Mary Anne was preceded in death by her parents, William and Julia Cronican; son, James William Bianchi; sisters, Elizabeth Dyer and Dorothy Higgins; brothers: William, Patrick, and Leonard.
Mary Anne is survived by her children: Michael (Sunny) Bianchi, Benjamin Bianchi, Matthew (Jennifer) Bianchi, Juliet (Douglas) de Shazer and her 11 grandchildren: Samantha, Anthony, Benjamin, Gabriel, James, Dominic, Grace, Mary, Andrew, Madalynne, and Gavin. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Lillian (Joe) Vukov, Joan (Ron) Ulrich as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Thursday, December 10th from 5:30pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, with SCRIPTURAL ROSARY SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, December 11th at 10am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (11802 Pacific St.) with Fr. Dan Andrews officiating. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.
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