"That's one thing I know about Dani, that she was so full of hope, and love, and her faith came into play so many times," shared Lydia Esparra, a longtime friend and former WKYC colleague.
"Her faith was firm. She believed in the Catholic Church. She gave her time to the Church, and her energy and strength to God," said Fr. Damian Ezeani, of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, where Fink was a lifetime parishioner and sang in the choir.
"I looked for her Sunday in the choir at 11 a.m. Mass," Fr. Damian said as he comforted co-workers at WKYC-TV on Monday. "She was not there and did not greet me after Mass. Then we got the news."
The priest, who is a native of Nigeria, said Dani Fink was the first to welcome him to the parish. She sent him a Facebook message before he had even left Africa. They established a close friendship when Ezeani arrived last August.
"She did everything she could to make our liturgical activities lively," Fr. Damian remembered. "She used the gifts and talents God gave her, to worship God."
Fink was related through her aunt's marriage to Blessed Pope John XXIII, who was born Angelo Roncalli. She wore a medallion of the pope around her neck at all times.
Calling hours are scheduled on Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Maher Melbourne Funeral Home, 4274 Mayfield Road, South Euclid.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 12601 Shaker Boulevard, in Cleveland.
At that time, the choir in which Danielle Fink so fully and enthusiastically chanted praises for so many years will say their earthly farewell to her in song, but Fr. Damian says Dani's voice will live on.