Prisco Villani, 92, of Florham Park, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from a broken heart. His beloved wife of 69 years, Marie pre-deceased him just three months prior. Prisco was a devoted, loving father to Anthony, Prisco, Jr. and his wife Marie Elaina, Barbara Santoro and her husband Joe, and Tom and his wife Toni. Cherished grandfather of Connie Weakland and her husband Jim, PJ and his wife Adrienne, Thomas and his wife Dottie, Gabe and his wife Liz, Michael and his wife Krystina, Michael, Matthew and his partner Santino, Victoria Marcks and her husband Lee, Vincent and Thomas. Great-grandfather (Gigi-Pa) to Morgan, James, Michael, Liana, PJ, Elaina, Thomas, Alexa, Christian, Gianna, Cora Leigh, Nicholas, Benjamin and Michael. Pre-deceased by his parents Anthony and Martha and his sister Josephine Bruno. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Prisco grew up “down neck” in the iron bound section of Newark. He graduated from NCE (Newark College of Engineering) now NJIT, where he majored in engineering. He became a successful entrepreneur. He owned Tempco Inc., with the late, Joseph Tulimiero, which sold and serviced commercial and domestic refrigeration products. He also started a second company, Temple Syrup Company with his son, Prisco, Jr. Prisco was also involved with many bowling lanes.
He married in 1950, moved to Short Hills in 1962, and finally to Florham Park in 1990.
Prisco was very devoted to our Lord. He never missed mass. In fact, he was a lector at mass at Saint Barnabas every Saturday. He will be remembered for his outgoing and boisterous demeanor. He was always so dapper and everyone who met him loved him. In his younger days, you’d either find him on the golf course or in the casino! Most of all, he cherished spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Family will receive visitors at the Leonardis Memorial Home - 210 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park, NJ on Wednesday, March 4th from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral will be on Thursday, March 5th assembling at 9am at the funeral home followed by a 10am mass at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in East Hanover. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Prisco’s name to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
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