D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Joseph "Joe" A. Villano

April 22, 1930June 3, 2019

Joseph “Joe” A. Villano, 89, of Rocky Hill and formerly Wethersfield, beloved husband for over 56 years of the late Frances (Kadel) Villano, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2019. Born in Hartford on April 22, 1930, he was the son of the late Dominic and Julia (Callandriello) Villano and lived in Wethersfield for 49 years prior to moving to Atria Greenridge Place in Rocky Hill six years ago. Joseph attended Bulkeley High School in Hartford and went to the University of Connecticut for two years before enlisting in the CT National Guard, where he served for three years. He then served with the 43rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during the Korean War for two years. While in the service, he enjoyed touring both Germany and Italy. He retired in 1988 after a 36 year career with Aetna Life & Casualty and was then employed at Travelers until 1991, at which time he decided it was time to fully retire and enjoy life with Frances. He and Fran enjoyed traveling for many years by motor coach, vacationing in the USA and Canada. He especially enjoyed celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary on a cruise to Bermuda with Frances, his children and grandchildren. Joe was an avid Red Sox fan and a big movie buff, enjoying Westerns, action movies and the classics. He had a keen interest in politics and was a lover of music and stage shows at the Bushnell. He and Frances were longtime parishioners at St. Luke’s Church in Hartford, where he served as a Eucharistic minister for six years. He valued the friendship of his military service buddies, school chums, nieces and nephews, especially Maurice Villano, Jr., his sister, Gloria Murzin and his friend and longtime neighbor, Dan Forgetta. Joe especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren vacationing in Hampton Beach, NH and Charlestown, RI. A loving father and grandfather, Joe will be forever missed by his daughter, Catherine Berey and husband David of South Glastonbury; his son, Vincent Villano and wife Sam of La Jolla, CA and his adored grandchildren, Christina Berey, Ben Berey, Nicky Berey and Michael Villano and his mother Theresa Conneely of Wethersfield. He is also survived by his sister, Gloria Murzin of Florida; brothers-in-law, Adam Brajczewski of Rocky Hill and Leonard Kadel of West Hartford and many treasured nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Maurice Villano. The family would like to thank the staff at Atria Greenridge Place for their care, concern and for sharing many laughs with Joe over the past six years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday (June 7) at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Parish (Corpus Christi Church), 601 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Burial with military honors will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082. To share a memory of Joe with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Calling hours Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Burial with military honors Friday, June 7, 2019


Joseph "Joe" A. Villano

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Tom Foley

June 5, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Joe for many years in the old "Pension Development" area. He helped me to learn computers for the ground up. He will be missed.

Ray Burrington

June 5, 2019

Go Joe!
Ray, one of your Aetna IT connections, always a partner!

Michael Brajczewski

June 4, 2019

From my Uncle Joe I learned the power of positive comments directed toward others. He ALWAYS greeted me cheerfully..no matter his own condition. He showed us..everyone was worth the time to talk to. I can think of no better way to honor him than to carry on that practice.