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“We are sorry to here of Don passing. We will be sending prayers to you and family. ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Bill and Linda Titus

“Shocked & saddened to hear of Don's passing. Paul & I are together today because his buddy, Don Bianchi set him up on a "blind date". You knew what...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Paulette Yelle

“Sue we were very sorry to here about Don,I can say my time around Don working on my Harley will be times i will never forget,He would always be...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Wes and Peg Compton

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family, in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy and Joe Crisante -Twin Palms / Ottawa Canada

“Don and I were great friends back in the day and unfortunately we lost touch over the years. We had fun motorcycle riding and partying at the quarry...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Dave and Julie Yelle

“It was a privilege to know Don and we are sorry to learn of his passing. Our love and sympathy to all. ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: The Cheney Family

“Sue and family - We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. We will always remember and cherish the good times we had with you and Don whether it be...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Beth Bonanni

“Sue and Family Condolences to you and your family ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Vickie Salo Nomellini

“We have lost a great friend..So many good times to remember.. the first time I meet him was at Ethel and Russ camp. we took a 3 wheeler ride to...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Liz and Rusty Aho

“To Sue and family, We are so sorry to find out that Don is no longer with us. Please accept our sincere condolences. Remembering the good times we...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Don and Dorothy Bennett

“Sue, I am so sorry to hear about Don. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. Hugs to you my friend. Know that we are there...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Connie & Charlie Cassell

“Sue wish we lived closer to you, would love to be there with you. All the best to you all,Betty Ann and Mike. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Betty Ann Michaud

“Bianchi Family - I am so, so sorry for your loss and I wish nothing more than to be there with you right now! I have some awesome memories of Mr....Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Sam Merchak

“Condolences Sue to you and your family. ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Vickie Nomellini - Wakefield, MI

“Dear Sue and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Remembering the good times will keep Don in your heart...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Ken and Pat Cameron

“My heart and prayers go out to his wonderful family, RIP Don. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Don and Kathy Rushford

“My prayers are with you Sue. May God give you strength thru the loss of your Husband. He always had time to help someone. Don will be missed by Twin...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Mjuneaho-Roehm

“Our Condolences to the Bianchi family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Dan Maynard & the Maynard Family

“Dearest Donnie, I will hold in my heart treasured memories of our childhood together for those few years your family were in Florida. You were...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Fay Camomilli Perry

“That was a beautiful tribute to Don. My sympathies to you Susun on the loss of your best friend and soul mate. Also to all of your family. I will...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Suzzette Camomilli

“So sorry for your loss. I did not know him personnally, but knew of him through Karen and Dave Dickson. Pease and prayers. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Bill and Susan Holloway

“This world will be missing a great man, even tho he was a man of few words he was an amazing man...even with his bad jokes...lol...but the worlds...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Lori Chappell

“Jessica, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man he must have been. His memory will live on through you, your siblings and children. ?? ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Tammy Cecil


On Thursday, 1 June, 2017, Donald J. Bianchi, Sr. 63 of Gwinn, Michigan, surrounded by family at home, left this life and rode his Harley into heaven after a brief illness. Born in Stambaugh, MI he found his way to Sands Township, Michigan and married his wife and best friend of 38 years. Together they raised three awesome, but modest and humble children in Harvey before moving to their retirement home in Gwinn. The past 11 winters were spent in Lakeland, Florida where he was glad he didn’t have to shovel snow. Being an industrious person he spent 33 years working at the Empire Mine in Palmer. Don quite possibly could have been the most interesting man in the world. He adored his family, motorcycles, classic cars, history, and cheap beer. He could fix just about anything and relished in helping others. As a man of few words he always had a nugget of wisdom to share and enjoyed telling really bad dad jokes. He knew how to make people laugh and inspired others when they needed it the most. Known by his family for his fashion sense, Don liked to wear tank tops, black t-shirts, jeans, aviator sunglasses and bandanas. On occasion he was known to surprise his family with a particularly interesting fashion choice. Always comfortable in his own skin, he never tried to be anything other than himself. He was just as stubborn as he was kindhearted. A void in the hearts of those who knew and loved him will forever be felt. He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan Bianchi (nee Dore) of Gwinn; his three children Jessica (Jeremy) Tierney of Bargersville, IN, Michelle Bianchi of St. Louis, MO, D.J. (Ellen) Bianchi of Grand Blanc, MI; his five grandchildren, Felix, Zoe, and Piper Tierney and Leo and Enzo Bianchi; his step-mother Susie (Doug) Linder of Wisconsin; father in-law John Dore of Munising, MI; brothers and sisters in-law Mike (Jan) Dore, Steve (Kelly) Dore, Karen (Dave) Dickson, and Josh (Mary) Dore along with many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his daughter Emily Bianchi, his mother Constance (nee Panek) Vicklund, his father William Billy Bianchi, his sister Karen Bianchi and mother in-law Joyce Dore. Family, friends, and others whose lives Don touched are invited to celebrate his life. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Allen Mott officiating. Visitation will be held in the Baraga Room at the church for one hour prior to the mass. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Don’s name to Lake Superior Hospice in Marquette. The Bianchi family would like to extend our eternal gratitude to all the staff at Lake Superior hospice for their attentiveness and loving care. “ To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com