Maria Villani (nee. De Santis)

January 16, 2023

Visiting Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 3 – 8 PM at Torregrossa Funeral Home, 1305 79th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11228

Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 20, 2023 at 9:30 AM at the Basilica of Regina Pacis, 1230 65th St, Brooklyn, NY 11219

Entombment to follow at St. Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735

VILLANI, MARIA, nee De Santis, peacefully entered God’s kingdom on January 14, 2023 at the age of 94 at home, Brooklyn, New York, with her loving children by her side.

She was born in Cansano, L’Aquila, Italy on May 18, 1928. At the age of 9 she lost her mother to sickness; and she was raised by an aunt.

With a 6th grade education, she mastered financing, psychiatry, cooking, sewing and gardening. She was a devoted friend, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.

At age 19 she came to America. She lived with her brother Agostino, his wife Adelia and their daughters. She worked as a seamstress, and thru hard work earned enough money at the age of 24 to return to Italy to marry her sweetheart, Nicola. Immediately afterwards she returned to America to file her official papers for U.S. Citizenship. Her husband joined her in America, 3 months later; they never looked back.

Proud to be an American citizen, she loved her family, her home and the United States of America. She loved hearing “God Bless America’ being played.

Beloved wife of the late Nicola Villani.
Cherished mother of Filomena & Giuseppe Leone, Nick and Terri Villani and Joanna and Hank Davis.
Fond Sister of the late Agostino De Santis and Ercole De Santis.
Loving grandmother of Michael J. Leone, Nicholas Leone, Anna Bellantuono, Nicola LaMota, Lauren Villani, Nicholas Villani, Daniella Clemente and Gabrielle Kokich and loving great-grandmother of ten children.
Her nieces and nephews were loved dearly.


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Margaret Aceti
1 year ago

Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your loving mother.

Zia Antonietta Zaccaria, Margaret & Joe Aceti and family

1 year ago

My beautiful wonderful auntie. A true pioneer and the best
Human I have known❤️❤️❤️

Victoria & John Caporale
1 year ago

Our sincerest condolences to the Villani family. Every time we had the opportunity to spend time with Maria and her family, we have got to know her better. We saw what a loving, caring and personable person she was. We always enjoyed speaking with her at parties and loved whatever she cooked! She will be missed by all who knew her. Rest In Peace Maria.

Love the Caporale’s

Debra Davis
1 year ago

Maria was a very loving and special mother and grandmother. She will truly be missed by her family.
With our deepest condolences
With Love,
Debbie and Warren Davis

Michael J
1 year ago

Nonna Maria,
I will miss you so much.

Your grandson,

1 year ago

My auntie. I love you so much. 🥲😇❤️

Maria Perrella
1 year ago

Our deepest sympathy to you all! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, rest in peace zia Maria.
Love Zia Lucia Iamascia and the Perrella family.

Maria Perrella
1 year ago

Our deepest sympathy to you all. May she rest in peace. Zia Lucia Iamascia and the Perrella family

Ines Vucetic
1 year ago

Rest in Peace beautiful lady.
You wisdom was priceless. You will be missed dearly,

Rosa Bellantuono
1 year ago

Rest in Peace Beautiful Mamma Nonna Maria you will Always be In my Heart And Prayers 🙏💔

Christopher Holmes
1 year ago

My condolences to the family, may she Rest In Peace.

Christopher Holmes
1 year ago

My deepest sympathy to your family.

Maria & Frank Sindoni
1 year ago

Dearest cousins Fil, Joe and family,
We are saddened for the loss of Zia Maria, a wonderful Mom, Nonna, Bisnonna, Sister, Auntie and Friend to many and most of all the kindest soul we know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We hope that you cherish all the beautiful memories as Zia’s job is done here, but we know she will always look over all of you with the Lord from above.

Michael Iamascia
1 year ago

Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your devoted mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace.

Your cousins Michael Iamascia and family.

Lenny cristino
1 year ago

Our heart felt condolences to maria she was the nicest person to all of us rest in peace

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