Daniel Sanchez Peña of Runge died at the age of 94 years and seven months on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 after battling heart problems. He was at home surrounded by his loving family.
Daniel was born in Runge on Jan. 11, 1919 to Manuel Cabrera Peña and Catarina Rodriguez Sanchez. He grew up in a farming family and was called to serve his country during World War II. Daniel was awarded the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service Lapel Button of WWII. He experienced events that changed his life, strengthened him and made him a compassionate man. He guided his family in faith, love, honor, and in never giving up. Daniel played guitar and love to sing. This made him enjoy life and all its wonders. He also loved to garden and enjoyed animals.
Daniel returned from his service and married his sweetheart, Daria Mansanales. They were married at St. Mary’s Church in Panna Maria, Texas on Oct. 2, 1947. They had seven children. They shared their lives for 56 years until her death in 2003. Daniel then went to live in San Antonio with his oldest daughter, Carolina.
Daniel is survived by his daughter Carolina Rodriguez and her husband Ciro (and their daughter Xochil); son Robert Peña and wife Margaret (and their daughter Valerie and her husband Braden Ford); daughter Herlinda Cisneros and her husband Robert (and their son Michael); son Guillermo Peña and his wife Melissa (and their daughter Monica); son Daniel Peña Jr. (and his son Rene and his wife Claire and his sons Rene and Diego; and son Daniel III and his wife Shiela and his daughter Carrisma); daughter Odelia Peña Peña (and her daughter Maria with her daughter Odelia) and his youngest son Joe Peña his wife Olga (and their daughter Hannah and step-daughter Nicole).
A viewing will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at Finch Funeral Chapel on 204 N. Mugge St. in Runge with a rosary vigil recited at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Runge.
Father Norbert Herman will officiate. Interment will follow in the Runge Latin American Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made by way of mass intentions in memory of Daniel and Daria Peña or to the maintenance of the historic Runge Latin American Cemetery. You are welcome to sign the online guestbook at www.finchfuneralchapels.com
Arrangements with Finch Funeral Chapels, LLC, 204. N. Mugge St., Runge, TX 78151. 830-239-4862.