Katherine Annette Peña, age 45, passed away due to cancer on September 10,2022. Katherine Annette Peña was born on February 5, 1977, to Juan Peña, Jr. and Nazaria A. Peña. She graduated from Mary Carroll High School in 1995 and had received Honors for Who’s Who Among American High School Students for Three Consecutive Years from 1992-1995, was A Honor Roll Speech Student.
Katherine attended Del Mar College and received a Substitute Teaching Institute and Unit Clerk Coordinator Certificate and took courses in Childhood Development, she was involved with the National Credentialing Program. Katherine started her life as a Gatti-Town Party Coordinator Manager and Supervisor she loved and enjoyed this job. Later Katherine decided to pursue her teaching abilities as a teacher and taught at Central Christian Children’s Academy, Trinity Lutheran Preschool, and Child Development Center at Second Baptist Church.
Katherine enjoyed and loved teaching young children. She left teaching and moved on to devote herself to help cats and dogs that needed looking after, she knew these animals were needing a lot of love and caring. So, she decided to become a Veterinary technician. Katherine was truly known for her kind heart by helping her friends and mostly her family. She was the life of the party because she was so bubbly, and loving, it didn’t matter what life threw at her. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She sacrificed her life to make sure her two daughters were always taken care of. She was a definition of a true mother. Katherine was then Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer Stage 3 on December 2020. She had gone through chemotherapy, radiation, and multiple surgeries. She then was in remission for 1 year from her Breast Cancer. Later she fell ill and was diagnosed with Leptomeningeal Disease which is cancer that had spread through her Cerebral Spinal Fluid and Brain. She was a true warrior and fighter till the end, she never gave up. We guess God had other plans for her where he needed her the most. We will continue to love and miss her FOREVER.
Katherine Annette Peña is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Eliseo and Julia Andrade and paternal grandparents, Juan R. Peña and Susie G. Bonillas, Brother Samuel Mathew Peña, uncles, Benito Cirlos, Alfonso Cirlos ,Joe Hector Peña, Mariano Peña, Ernesto Peña, David Peña .Aunt Melinda Peña.
She is survived by her parents, Juan and Nazaria Peña, Daughters Ashlynn Ariel Gomez and Kaylyn Jade Gonzalez, brothers, Jose A Peña, John C. Peña, Reuben A. Peña and wife (Cynthia), Nieces Alexandria N. Peña, Jadalynn Peña, Serenity Peña, Amelia Peña, Cassandra N. Peña, Nephews, Reuben A Peña II, Allan M Peña., Johnathan E. Peña, Joseph A. Peña, Zackery Peña, Michael Brian Peña, Justin Peña, Reuben Peña Jr, and Braedyn H. Peña. Numerous uncles, aunts, great-nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Visitation will be held for family and friends from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Seaside Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening. A final viewing will be held at 8:00a.m. to 9:00am on September 19,2022 at Seaside Funeral Home followed by a Funeral Mass that will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 19,2022 at SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.