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Tony with wife Susan and daughters Marissa, Alysha, and Vanessa.

Tony Villelli has lived in North Idaho since he was 14. His parents, Dick and Marie, moved Tony and four younger bothers out of the rat race of southern California in 1986 to Good Grief, Idaho. The move was a natural fit for five active boys who loved the outdoors. Tony started high school as a freshman at Bonners Ferry High, where he was involved in varsity athletics as a starter on the football team for four years and high school politics as the student body vice president in his junior and senior years.

Tony went on to college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where in four years he earned his degree in Economics and Finance, while staying active by playing rugby at the university. Immediately upon graduation in 1994 Tony took and passed his real estate exam for licensure in the state of Washington, where he still holds a real estate license. Without delay, following the acquisition of his Washington license, Tony obtained his Idaho license, while working for his family’s real estate development and management company, Villelli Enterprises, Inc. Tony has been directly involved in the management and development of many very large commercial and residential properties in northern Idaho and eastern Washington, most notably Hidden Lakes Golf Resort in Sandpoint.

In 1999 Tony married wife Susan and moved to Hayden Lake. Tony and Susan now have three little girls, Marissa, Alysha and Vanessa.

Growing up the family’s business was always part of daily family life. It was only natural to become the first in my generation (the third generation of Villelli’s) to be licensed as a REALTOR®. With years of going to the office with my dad as a youngster and over a decade of licensed experience, I cannot imagine a job that I would be better suited for or that I would enjoy this much! Real estate is what I love because it truly is part of my family.

~ Tony Villelli
 

Jeramie Terzulli and FamilyAfter 12 years of owning and operating a successful construction business Jeramie Terzulli decided it was time for a change. With the support of his wife, Angela, he obtained his Idaho real estate license in the summer of 2013. Working closely with his mentor, Tony Villelli, he was immediately exposed to the dynamics of commercial real estate practices. He has quickly become an integral part of the Keller Williams commercial real estate team in Coeur d’Alene.

Jeramie grew up in upstate New York but at the age of 20 set out to explore the country. After several years in the Northwest he met Angela, an Idaho native, and they were married on the shores of Coeur d’Alene Lake in 2003. Jeramie, Angela and their three children have made Hayden their home. North Idaho is a perfect fit for their active family. They enjoy camping, boating, fishing and winter sports -staples of the Idaho experience!

 

 

 

Tony, Dick and Tony Villelli three generations of Villelli Realtors

Tony, Dick and Tony Villelli three generations of Villelli Realtors

August 6, 2008 

Hello Friends:

I may be somewhat unavailable for the next week or so. I lost my grandfather Tony Villelli yesterday. After a surgery to stop hemorrhaging in his brain on Saturday he never really regained consciousness and slip away peacefully early yesterday morning.

For those that did not know “Papa Tony” he was a real American hero and a true “American Dream” success story. The son of Italian immigrants he married his childhood sweetheart, went on to fight in WWII where he was captured as a POW and had his back broken by a German rifle butt, which was recognized with a purple heart. He came home from the war battered but not broken. He and my grandmother (Bama) would move the family to La Habra, CA and open a restaurant at 1001 W. Whittier Blvd.

In the 50’s he was diagnosed with lung cancer and had one lung and part of the other removed. He started Villelli Enterprises, Inc. and built quite a little real estate empire in La Habra, recently being recognized as one La Habra’s important historic leaders. Making a good living for himself and his “friends” (also know by most developers as investors, but Papa Tony only worked with people he liked) he also made sure to go the extra mile to do good for the community along the way. Villelli Enterprises, Inc. still has its head quarters at 1001 W. Whittier Blvd.

He managed to retire early (I remember dad saying getting him out of the office the first few years was like pulling teeth, he’d show up and give his opinion whether anyone wanted it or not). He finally went on to enjoy life, traveling with Bama and spending summers in their cabin on the Moyie River outside of Good Grief, ID. This was the Papa Tony I remember best. For years they made this journey entertaining as many people as they could possibly fit in the house and cabin. Years of BBQ’s, fishing trips, and birthdays parties.

Bama and Papa’s health both started to decline and we saw less of them as the trips to the cabin became more difficult.

His most recent battle, a victory over prostate caner really signaled the beginning of the end of his time with us. He had lived with diabetes most of his life and recently his kidneys started to fail, which led to dialysis. Papa Tony lived his life to the fullest and was a perfect example of what hard work and “clean living” will get you. I don’t know anyone who fits the saying “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger” better than Papa Tony. After 89 years of hard, but good living, Papa Tony deserves to rest in peace.

I am certainly proud to be named after him! May God and St. Anthony guide his soul home.

Tony Villelli