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Nov. 15, 1948 – June 27, 2014

Lucille Claudette Bianchi, dancer and assistant instructor in martial arts, died Friday in her Clarence home after a long illness. She was 65.

Born in Pittsburgh, the former Lucille Claudette Demily graduated from Olean High School in 1966 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in linguistics from University at Buffalo in 1970 and continued to study linguistics for a master’s degree.

In 1968, Mrs. Bianchi started to work atUB. She served as an executive assistant to various department heads in the facilities planning department and industrial engineering department. She retired in 1986.

In an effort to encourage her son in the martial arts, Mrs. Bianchi became active herself, becoming a holder of a third-degree black belt and was in the process of earning her master instructor belt. She was an assistant instructor for Tung-Sudo.

A member of the Middle Eastern Dance Troupe for over 20 years, she enjoyed participating in dance performances at local venues and festivities, including the Greek Festival, Lebanese Festival and was on tour at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. She also enjoyed skiing, traveling and reading.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Jerome J.; a son, Alexander Guido; and a daughter, Adrienne Rose.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. July 13 in Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence.