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Walter B. Bianconi

Walter B. Bianconi died peacefully at his home in Barberton on
Sunday, October 8, 2023. He was the greatly loved husband of the
late Adele Jean Bianconi, and beloved father of Susan (Robert),
Patricia (Ph.D.), Michael (M.D.; Yocasta), Mary, Laura (M.D.), and
David (Jennifer); and loving grandfather of Robyn, Andrew
(Ashley), James, Stephen, Elena, and Vilavy. In addition to his
adored wife Adele he was preceded in death by a beloved daughter-
in-law, Pamela.
Walter was born in 1930, the only child of Giuseppe and
Annunziata Bianconi, who each immigrated to the U.S. from Italy.
The family lived initially in Searight, Pennsylvania, a coal-mining
patch. From the age of eight he never stopped working, holding
multiple jobs including grocery delivery boy, soda jerk, life guard,
farm laborer, road crew, and Anchor Hocking warehouse worker.
Even as a child and throughout his life he helped his parents
navigate their English-speaking world. He graduated from
Connellsville (PA) High School at sixteen and was awarded a
scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh, where he met the
love of his life, his future wife Adele (Marraccini), recipient of the
same Pitt scholarship. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta
fraternity and president of Sigma Epsilon Delta pre-med honorary
fraternity.
In 1955 Walter graduated from Pitt’s medical school and
married Adele. During his time in medical school he worked on
polio wards under the supervision of vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk. He
interned at Pittsburgh Hospital and then served two years in the
U.S. Navy with the rank Lieutenant Senior Grade. When he left the
service Walter and Adele moved to Barberton (Ohio), where he
practiced family medicine in partnership with the late Francis
Cleary, M.D., for thirty-four years. Walter was accredited in Family
Practice and was on the staff of the Barberton Citizens Hospital
(now Summa Barberton) for forty-three years. In 1967 he was Chief
of Staff, and for twenty years also held a part-time teaching position
as a preceptor in the Family Practice group. His dedication both to

family practice and to teaching made this role a pleasure to him and
to many medical residents.
Walter and Adele raised a family of six children whom he
adored. He would jokingly lament that his children attended college
and postgraduate programs for more than 40 years, earning twelve
degrees among them—yet “no one was rich!” His own enjoyment of
medicine made him pitch medical school to all six of his children,
but he was unfailingly supportive of all their various talents and
excited about their different paths. When not working he was with
his family: fishing, birding, teaching the children to swim,
introducing everyone to his enthusiasm for the natural world,
making silly jokes. He would say that being a forest ranger was his
alternate career.
After retiring Walter and Adele traveled extensively in Europe,
often on overseas duplicate bridge tours. For both of them bridge
was a passion and a pleasure, whether played with friends, as they
did enthusiastically for many years, or in the more structured world
of competitive bridge. Each achieved the rank of Silver Life Master.
In 2015 Walter was shattered to lose Adele. For the remaining
years of his life he enjoyed his children and grandchildren, and the
devoted companionship of daughter Mary. Thanks to his faith in the
Lord Jesus he now rejoices with Adele forever.
Family and friends may call on Monday, October 16, 2023 from
4:00-7:00 p.m. with a short memorial following at 7:00 at the
Campfield-Hickman-Collier, 566 West Park Street, Barberton, Ohio
44203. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of
Walter Bianconi to Haven of Rest (serving the homeless), Akron,
Ohio; and The National Audubon Society.

1 Comment

  1. Mick Mr. MAAG on October 24, 2023 at 7:50 am

    DR B delivered a lot of Barberton Kids..

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