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Obituary: Kurt M. Villani

Wed, Aug 17th 2022 09:35 am

Kurt M. Villani, 72, of Grand Island, passed away on Aug. 6, 2022, at his residence, surrounded by his loved ones. Kurt was the son of the late Guido J. and Lorraine (Burns) Villani, born in Niagara Falls on March 26, 1950.

Kurt was a graduate of LaSalle High School, and joined the Army National Guard. On Dec. 20, 1969, he married Gail A. (Zaleski) Villani. He operated Gui’s Lumber/Ace Hardware with his wife, Gail, since the mid-1980s. Along with his wife and children, he grew the business to seven locations throughout Western New York.

Kurt enjoyed boating and cars, but his favorite pastime was spending time with his family, especially his four grandchildren, whom he liked to refer to as “his little buddies.” 

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Kurt is survived by his son, Kurt P. (Monica) Villani, and daughter Amie (Rob) Ceccato; four grandchildren: Mia Villani, Kurt P. Villani, Jr., Anthony Ceccato and Joseph Ceccato; his siblings: Robert R. (Sandee) Villani, Larry J. (Bonnie) Villani, James M. (Judy) Villani, Lorraine (late Nicholas) Pullano and Elaina (Patrick) Stoness; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his family at Gui's Lumber. 

Kurt’s Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to the Niagara Falls Boys’ and Girls’ Club, 725 17th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14301; or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at https://wish.org/.

Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.

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