Miguel Villanueva, 67, of Saugerties, died Friday, November 16, 2012 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
Born in Santiago, Chile, he was the son of the late Diderot & Elsa De La Cruz Villanueva.
He attended junior high school in Chile, which was run by the Marist Brothers and then attended military academy for high school. He became a naturalized citizen in 1990 and graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1994. He was a computer programmer for IBM for 38 years and was a member of the Quarter Century Club. He then worked for NYS OTDA (Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance) as a programmer for 4 years. Miguel loved to travel and was a gentle soul who had a soft spot in his heart for all animals.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Darlene Pulver Villanueva, a brother, Patricio Villanueva and his wife Sylvia of West Hills, CA, a niece Sandra and a nephew Oscar.
Reposing at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave.today,(Monday)from 2-4 and 7-9.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Saugerties, at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to an animal rescue shelter of one's choice.