Emil Francis Villanova, 89, of New Milford, died Sept. 12, 2009, at New Milford Hospital. He was the widower of Marge Villanova.

Mr. Villanova was born Oct. 27, 1919, in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late Louis and Anna (Florio) Villanova.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Villanova served as a member of the Corp of Engineers in the United States Army during World War II.

He joined Hardesty and Hanover shortly after returning from World Warr II, retiring at the age of 85.

Mr. Villanova loved to watch the Yankees play and spend time with his family, often telling jokes and stories.

One of his greatest accomplishments was designing the Rainbow Bridge over Niagara Falls.

Mr. Villanova is survived by two sons, Emil Villanova and his wife, Judi, and John Villanova, both of Bronx, N.Y.; a daughter, Toni Fortuna, and her husband, Robert, of New Milford; a brother, Baldi Villanova, and his wife, Catherine; and five grandchildren, Brian, Jesse, Justin, Alex and Madison. He was predeceased by a brother, Nat, and a sister, Fanny.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford at a date to be announced.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford is in charge of arrangements.