Frank Villari

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Frank Villari, 88

Engineer, inventor

Frank K. Villari, 88, a resident of Oak Park for more than 50 years, died on Feb. 17, 2020. 

He was born Nov.11, 1931, in Chicago and graduated from St. Mel High School and later, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 

He got married and moved to Oak Park in 1967. He was an engineer for over 50 years in the research and development of plastics, for which he was granted multiple patents. 

Frank Villari is survived by his wife, Jean, and son Frank (Sherry); and was the cherished papa of Emma and Francesca Villari. He was the uncle and great-uncle of many. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary Villari; daughter Julianne Villari and his siblings, Joseph (the late Antoinette), Genevieve (the late Louis) DeRose and Julie (the late George) Seitz. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 22 at St. Bernardine Church in Forest Park, followed by interment was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside.

Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, Oak Park, handled arrangements.

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