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Lion Pete was a member of Lions Clubs International for more than 59 years.  In 1966, he transferred his membership to the Annandale Lions Club, where he was an active member until his death. 

He was the first, and for many years the only, driver and technician for the District 24-A Mobile Sight and Hearing Screening Van.  Thousands of residents of Northern Virginia had visual acuity, glaucoma, and hearing problems identified by Lion Pete in this capacity.

He also was active in the Annandale Lions Club's annual pancake breakfast project, where his skills and long experience as a successful restaurateur were tested by amateurs manning the hot griddle.

We offer our deep sympathy to his family for their loss but are also thankful for having known and worked with Pete to make Annandale a better place.  In recognition of his lifelong service to the community , Lion Pete was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed on its members by Lions Clubs International.


Peter Joseph Bianchi, 82, of Annandale, VA, passed peacefully to his heavenly home on Monday, February 4, 2008, to join his beloved wife, Mary Ruth Bianchi, who was formerly of King George County, VA. She predeceased him on March 6, 2003.

He was the son of Donato and Giannina Bianchi of Washington, DC.

He was the loving father of Lenny and his wife, Karen, Ronny and his wife, Debra, and Debbie Bianchi; loving grandfather of Erika Bianchi Hawkins and her husband, Jason, and Rebecca Bianchi Gregory and her husband, Shawn; and loving great-grandfather to Olivia and Will Gregory and Charlotte Hawkins. He also is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and successful restaurateur in Washington, DC.

He was a member of and served his community through St. Michael Catholic Church and the Lions Club, both in Annandale, VA, for more than 50 years.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 8 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in King George, VA, with burial in Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery in King George. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer's Association. NASH & SLAW FUNERAL HOME, King George, is handling the arrangements.

Published in The Washington Post 2/5/2008.






Lions Club of Annandale
Post Office Box 453
Annandale, Virginia  22003