New London - Ciriaco "Jerry" Villani, 92, of New London, entered eternal life peacefully as a light snow fell early Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2012.
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Jerry was born on Jan. 30,1920, in New London, the son of Eugenio and Annetta (Perrone) Villani. He attended the former Bulkeley School and received his bachelor of arts degree from Bryant College, Providence, in 1941.
In May of 1955, he married the former Helen Massad at St. Ann Church in New London.
Mr. Villani was employed at Electric Boat for 41 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member and three-term past president of the Tusana-Columbus Lodge Order Sons of Italy in America, a member of the New London Elks Lodge #360, Electric Boat Athletic Club, member and treasurer of both the CT Club of Idaho and AARP.
Besides his beloved wife, Helen, of 57 years, Jerry is survived by four children, Anna Stefanski of New London, Teresa Bonillo of Westerly, Eugene Villani and partner, Doug Reilly, of Long Island, N.Y., and Julie Sabatino and husband, Ralph, of New Jersey; five grandchildren, Andy Bonillo Jr. (Michelle), Joe Bonillo (Alexia), Jeff Stefanski, Alicia and Ralph IV Sabatino; and four great-grandchildren, Michael Rancourt, Sophia, Sadie, and Francesca Bonillo.
Mr. Villani was predeceased by his brother, Carmelo Villani.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 41 Cross Road, Waterford. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, New London.
Donations in Jerry's memory may be directed to either The Andy Fund Corporation, 114 Clayton Road, East Hartford, CT 06118 or to St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 41 Cross Road, Waterford, CT 06385.
Jerry will be remembered for his love for family, colorful sense of humor, and enthusiastic card playing. He used to say, "I don't care if I win or not, I just want to play."
Published in The Day on Dec. 29, 2012