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Frank Munaiz de la Viña


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Frank Munaiz de la Viña Obituary
FRANK MUNAIZ DE LA VIÑA, age 91, resident of Temecula since 1986, died peacefully on Jan. 17, 2014. Born on Aug. 7, 1922 in Madrid, Spain, Frank was the son of Ricardo Munaiz, an officer in the Spanish army who rose to the rank of general and fought for the Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War; and Juanita de la Viña, a sugar plantation heiress and socialite who spent the majority of her life in the Philippines. Frank attended Douai School in Woolhampton, England, and later lived under Japan's occupation of the Philippines during World War II, after which he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine. He came to the United States to attend Notre Dame University, where he graduated cum laude in 1950. He began working for Graybar Electric later that year and eventually became a district operations manager before retiring in 1986. Frank served in the U.S. Army in Germany for two years in the early '50s. He married Theresa "Terry" Ann Keane in 1956, and they lived in Temple City and Laguna Hills, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz., before moving to Temecula. Frank was deeply involved in St. Catherine of Alexandria church as a lector and member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by wife, Theresa de la Viña; daughter, Marisa Craney; sons, Mark de la Viña and Michael de la Viña; son-in-law, Joseph Craney Jr; and grandchildren, Melanie Craney and Joseph Craney III. A rosary at 9:30a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10a.m. Monday Jan. 27 will be held in his honor at St. Catherine of Alexandria, 41875 C St., Temecula, Calif., 92592. In lieu of flowers, the de la Viña family is suggesting a donation to VNA California - Murrieta, which helped care for Frank in the final weeks of his life. Donations can be made by sending a check addressed to VNA California Murietta, 39815 Alta Murietta Drive, Suite C4, Murietta, CA 92563; or by electronic donation - http://vnacalifornia.org/donors/donate/


Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 23, 2014
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