Obituary of Diego VILLANUEVA

Diego VILLANUEVA, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Henrietta and Middletown, passed away quietly in his sleep, at home, on March 31, 2018.

Born November 11, 1935, in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, he was the son of Emilia Fuentes Rivera and Bernando Villanueva.  He married Altagracia Torres Falu on September 1, 1956 at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Bronx, NY.  Diego became a police officer in 1963 and worked for the city of New York for 21 years.  After retirement, he worked at various jobs to support his family.

Diego was known for his laughter, sense of fun, his love of music, his “grandpa” eyes, and most of all for his devotion to his family.  His smile lit up a room and his “dad” jokes, as well as his kindness to others, were legendary.  “Pipa” will be sorely missed.

Diego leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Altagracia;  his daughters, Vianney (Quintin) Garcia of Montgomery, NY, Lourdes Cruz of Middletown, NY, Theresa (Michael) Salas of Wellsville, NY, Diana (Naim) Villanueva-Alpar of Monroe, NY, Grace (Karl) Gilreath of Kettering, OH, and Judi (Bob) Hournbuckle of Henrietta, NY;  and his son Diego (Heather) Villanueva, Jr. of Monticello, NY.  Missing him as well are his 13 grandchildren, Edward (Candis) Cruz, Juan Alejandro, Jr, Mathew Alejandro, David Cruz, Jaime Alejandro, Arman Alpar, Tristan Gilreath, Annabelle Alpar, Mei Lin Hournbuckle, Magdalena Villanueva, Giovanni Villanueva, Xenji Hournbuckle, and Carmelo Villanueva;  and his beloved great-grandchildren, Elijah and Emilia Cruz.  In addition, missing him are his many extended family members and friends. 

Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. 


In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Association in Diego’s memory.


Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.



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