CLINTON — Henri Joseph “Joe” Bianucci, 83, of Clinton, Ill., passed away at 12:25 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Manor Court, Clinton Ill.
Joe was born on June 7, 1930 in Evanston, Ill., son of Henri and Fanny (Bachechi) Bianucci. Friends may call on Friday, March 7 from 5-7 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Ill. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8 at Calvert Funeral Home with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Ill. with military honors.
Joe married Barbara Jill Maxwell on February 14, 1953. She preceded him in death on April 30, 2010. He is survived by three daughters: Linda (Mike) Reandeau, Roswell, Ga.; Pam (Mark) Cunningham and Rita (Alan) Moore, all of Clinton; grandchildren Adam Long, Meghan (Erik) Henderson, and Katie Reandeau, all of Charlotte, N.C.; Amanda (Natu) Visinia, Clinton; Jamie Cunningham of Chicago, Ill.; Sara Wells from Macon, Ill.; Teri Moore from Decatur, Ill.; Wendy Moore, Clinton; and great grandchildren Leilani and Matai Visinia, Clinton, and Marley and Cannon Wells, Macon; sister-in-law Helen Bianucci, Wilmette, Ill.; nephews Steven Bianucci from Wilmette, Ill.; Mike (Melissa) Bianucci, from Northfield, Ill.; Henri (Susan) Bianucci, from Wadmalaw Island, S.C., and several great nieces and nephews.
Joe served as a member of the United States Army, including being sent overseas to defend his country during the Korean Conflict.
After his marriage, Joe moved to Evanston, Ill., where he was a host at Fanny’s Restaurant, owned by his mother, in Evanston, Ill.. He later returned to Clinton, where he became a local businessman serving the community for more than 50 years. He first joined John Starkey, Inc. Insurance and Real Estate Company and in 1957 started Cinderella Developers.
Through the years, Cinderella Developers became Clinton’s largest home builder, having built 201 family homes, 18 multi-family units, and numerous commercial buildings, the largest being the Clinton IGA, Action Plastics, Calvert Funeral Homes in Clinton and Heyworth, Fairlawn Addition, six Hillcrest Subdivisions, and four Flair Subdivisions. In 2003, he merged his real estate company with Brady Realtors from Bloomington, Ill. He retired in 2006.
Throughout his life, Joe was a familiar face in and around the community. He was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Clinton Christmas Parade in 1995. He enjoyed his daily coffee groups, he was a lifetime member of the Clinton Country Club enjoying many years of golfing and social activities with Jill, and he looked forward each year to his Canadian fishing trips. He was also a member of the Rotary Club, American Legion, Elks Lodge, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Joe had served as President of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce in 1961.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Manor Court. Memorials may be made to the Clinton YMCA or the Friendship Center.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com