Emilio DeGrazia, 79, of Danbury, husband of Pasqua-lina DeGrazia, died Dec. 23, 2009, at Danbury Hospital.

Mr. DeGrazia was born Jan. 21, 1930, in San Bernardo, Cantanzaro, Italy, son of the late Rosario and Rosina (Nero) DeGrazia. He made his home in the United States in 1947.

Mr. DeGrazia was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the United States Army. He was a recipient of the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany).

He worked as a production mechanic for Barden Corp. and Berol-Eagle Pencil and retired from Danbury Pharmical Schine Co.

Mr. DeGrazia was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Danbury since 1956 and was a member of the Korean War Veterans.

He enjoyed gardening, spending time with his family, military vehicles and taking part in public parades with his sons.

Mr. DeGrazia also enjoyed beekeeping and raising farm animals. He was an avid woodworker, having created frames and birdhouses. He loved nature and taking walks on "his" mountain with his grandchildren and friends.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by four sons, Russ A. DeGrazia, and his wife, Charlen, of Brookfield, Emilio G. Degrazia, and his wife, Dona, of Bridgewater, Romolo J. DeGrazia and Remo J. DeGrazia, of Danbury; her grandchildren, Emily, Miles, Madeline, Rosario Jr., Stacie Leigh and Jodie Bucu, and her husband, Gracian; a sister, Frances DeGrazia, of Danbury; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Andrew.

The Cornell Memorial Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements

Memorials may be made to the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.