Sr. Patricia Bianco | Volunteer, 79

Sr. Patricia M. Bianco
Sr. Patricia M. Bianco
Posted: November 29, 2012

Sister Patricia Mary Bianco, 79, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 57 years, died of cancer in Assisi House in Aston, Delaware County, on Friday, Nov. 23.

Doris Marie Bianco was born in Baltimore, where she graduated in the early 1950s from Catholic High School. She joined the order in 1952 and professed her first vows in 1955.

Sister Patricia earned a bachelor's degree in history from Neumann University and went on to serve in elementary education and social services.

"She got great pleasure out of serving those who were poor and needed help," her colleague Sister Ann Marie Slavin said.

Sister Patricia spent many years working for the dioceses of Camden, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Locally, she started at St. Nicholas School in Egg Harbor, N.J., from 1955 to 1961, and then taught at St. Ludwig School from 1961 to 1967 and at St. Elizabeth School from 1967 to 1969. Both were in Philadelphia.

She also performed social-service work at the St. Mary Franciscan Shelter in Phoenixville in the late 1990s and at Assisi House in Aston in the mid-2000s, and she volunteered with the Bachmann Project in Chester in 2006 and 2007.

That project established Anna's Place, a drop-in center for the elderly.

For the last five years, she volunteered with Mid-County Senior Services/Choice Connection in Delaware County. In 2009, the organization awarded her the Above and Beyond volunteer recognition award. She logged 700 hours driving seniors to medical appointments or helping in other ways, Sister Ann Marie said.

Sister Patricia is survived by an aunt, Lorraine Henkel, and two cousins.

A Funeral Mass was said Wednesday, Nov. 28, with burial in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston.

Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston, Pa. 19014.

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