648 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
Fax: 508-842-0061
Michelina Villani

Michelina (Nardella) Villani

Monday, December 6th, 1937 - Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
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Michelina (Nardella) Villani, 83, skilled seamstress and dressmaker, of Shrewsbury and formerly of San Marco in Lamis, Foggia, Italy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 after a lengthy battle with ALS.

She leaves her beloved husband of 61 years, Michele Villani; her children: Angelo Villani and his wife Gilda Grassi, of Shrewsbury, Rosanna Villani and her husband Anthony Dixon, of Boylston, Giuseppe (Joe) Villani and his wife Heidi, of Shrewsbury, Luciano Villani and his wife Michele, of Shrewsbury, Mario Villani and his wife Gail, of Boylston, and Davide Villani and his wife Christina, of Shrewsbury; her brother, Luigi (Gino) Nardella and his wife Caterina, of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren, Michael, Olivia, Gabriella, Isabella, Michelangelo, Savina, Davide, Jack, Domenico, Giuseppe, Sophia, and Francesco. Michelina was predeceased by her brother, Angelo Nardella, of San Paolo di Civitate, Italy.

Born to the late Maria LaPorta and Michele Nardella, and raised by Arcangela Masullo and Giuseppe Villani, Michelina was educated in her hometown and apprenticed as a seamstress. She and her husband emigrated to the U.S. in 1971 and settled in Shrewsbury with their five children to begin their life in the U.S., and a sixth child was born in 1980.

Michelina owned her own seamstress business for over 40 years, creating some of the most beautiful wedding dresses with clients throughout the Northeast. Her greatest gift was giving that special bride a unique item on their wedding day. She had a way of making everyone feel special. Her shop was full of pictures of brides on their wedding day and pictures of her family and grandchildren.

One of her greatest pleasures was Sunday lunches, a gathering of 26. A full house was her love. She saw her family grow from 6 children and adding 6 spouses and then 12 grandchildren. She will simply be remembered as Nonna!

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care ALS (ccals.org/donate) or mail to P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Villani family between 10 and 11 AM on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury – her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11, followed by burial in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home is honored to be assisting with arrangements.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saint Mary's Church
    640 Main Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 11:00am
    Saint Mary's Church
    640 Main Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Masks and social distancing measures will be required at the church and cemetery.
  • Interment

    Mountain View Cemetery
    Boylston Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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Private Condolence

Deacon Dick and Pearl Martino

Posted at 08:47pm
To Angelo and the Villani Family

We are both saddened by your Mom's passing. We remember meeting her and your Dad at your home some years ago and right away they made us feel so welcome! We ask Almighty God to bestow His Choicest Blessings upon the Villlani Family...not only in this time of loss..but always,

With Love and Prayers,
Dick and Pearl

Tony Nazal

Posted at 01:41pm
What a great lady with a huge heart for family and friends. Mrs. Villani's love and hospitality knew no bounds, she shared her love for others like sugar being tossed about. We enjoyed times in her home breaking bread and sharing stories as well as celebrating the holidays. Mrs. Villani may have been short in stature, but extremely tall in character. Her legacy lives on through her family. We celebrate her receipt into God's kingdom and surely she is a lead baker at our Lord's table. May the love of Christ provide her beloved husband and family comfort, peace, and healing in this time. Nazal Family

Roxanne Polli

Posted at 08:12pm
Michele and family my husband and I were so very very sorry to learn about Michelina’s passing. She was the most caring and sweet lady. We spent several evenings enjoying her food, family all of her stories. She always made us feel welcomed in her home. The love she had for you Michele, and her children and grandchildren was so obvious. We will miss her beautiful smile and friendship. Love to all of you. Prayers for your entire family. Roxanne and Rich Polli

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