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Frank J. Pepe

January 26, 2015

Frank J. Pepe, 90, formerly of Bellew Ave., Watertown passed away Monday evening, January 26, 2015, at Samaritan Keep Home.

Calling Hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Sunday, February 1, from 2 - 5PM. A Prayer Service will be at the funeral home on Monday, February 2, at 9:15AM followed by the Funeral Mass celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at 10AM with Rev. Jonas Tandayn pastor, presiding. Burial with Marine Corp honors will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Frank was born in Watertown on October 12, 1924, son of Joseph P. and Tessie Greco Pepe and he graduated from Watertown High School.

On April 5, 1943 he entered the US Marine Corp. He served with the 4th Marine Division and was injured at Iwo Jima, receiving the Purple Heart. He also received the WWII Victory Medal and was honorably discharged on November 26, 1945.

On June 20, 1948 he married Thelma A. Eddy at Holy Family Church and Mrs. Pepe died August 2, 2012.

After service to his country, Frank worked at Pine and Plaza Dry Cleaners and the Watertown Water Dept. He then began his career for the NYS DOT and retired with over twenty years of service as a laborer and in equipment repair.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 259. He was a member of the Marine Corp League, The Devil Dogs, VFW Post 1400, American Legion Post 61, and was a life member of the Italian American Club. He was a leader for Boy Scout Troop 23; he coached for Pop Warner football, and had played for the Watertown Red and Black. His enjoyments included gardening, where he was known for his roses, and woodworking, especially making bird houses.

He is survived by his two daughters, Ann Marie Scisci and her husband, Franco, Albany and Pamela L. Pepe, Durham, NC; two sons, Joseph F. Pepe and wife, Kim, Leander, TX and Stephen M. Pepe, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; four grandchildren, Paolo J., Chelsea A., Nathaniel G. J., and Dulcie N. Pepe, two step grandchildren, Damian Scisci and wife, Leah, and Maria Boomhower and husband, Bill, and two step great granddaughters, Samantha and Victoria; two brothers, Carmen G. "Sonny" and wife, Charlotte, Watertown and Ret. Col. Robert J. and wife, Claire, Littleton, CO; in-laws, Robert L. Storie, Anthony P. Oddi, Richard Frangione and Gloria Eddy; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his wife, Thelma, Frank was predeceased by his three sisters, Rose J. Frangione, June 2012, Mary A. Storie, November 2008, and Anna L. Oddi, December 2007.

Donations in his name may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences by be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#14 Stan Parham 2015-04-21 21:34
This is very late; I only met Frank one May weekend a few years ago. What a great guy!
My condolences to all the family.

His services are rewarded now in heaven.

God bless.

Stan Parham
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#13 David Brian stone fa 2015-03-04 18:44
Our condolences to your family from the Stone family. Brian ,David, and Scott. We have fond memories growing up with all of you.
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#12 Thomas M.Flavin 2015-02-02 15:07
Please add my condolences to the family of Frank J. Pepe.
Add a special salute from a fellow member of American Legion Post 61.
His passing brought back memories of my late Uncle Rile Horth, who was also a fellow Marine who also fought at Iwo Jima.
Sempir Fi
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#11 Nha Eddy Chapin 2015-02-02 12:02
May God Bless you Uncle Frank. You will be sadly missed. I have so many fond memories growing up. Watertown will never be the same. Say hi to Aunt Thelma.
With heartfelt condolences to all my cousins.
Love, Nha Eddy Chapin, Kasie & Bob
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#10 Irene Eddy Anderson 2015-01-30 15:14
Dear Ann Marie, Pam, Joe and Steve:

So sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Frank. What a wonderful man he was. Whenever I hear the song Goodnight Irene I always think of how he used to sing it to me.

My condolences to you and your families.

Irene Anderson

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#9 Don Cleary 2015-01-29 16:55
Frank I wish I had been able to see and talk with you one more time, I don't doubt they have you standing a post already. Semper Fi my friend, I will miss you. God willing we will stand a post together when I come to join you. My condolences to Frank's family, the world was a better place with Frank in it. Thanks for your sacrafices and service Frank, we will never know what it was like.
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#8 Michael West 2015-01-29 13:20
Mr. Pepe was my Scoutmaster in Troop 23 when I was a young boy. I have a lot of great memories of that time. God Bless Mr. Pepe and please give his family strength to endure their loss.
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#7 Sue Cochran 2015-01-28 15:04
Thoughts and prayers to the Pepe family from the Peto Family. My Dad, Mike Peto and brothers were in scouting with Frank for many years. May he rest in peace with the loved ones, scouters and military comrades that departed before him and may those of you that are grieving his passing take solace in the same.
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#6 Cary and Janet Brick 2015-01-28 13:05
Semper Fi, Marine.
We've lost another patriot from the Greatest Generation. May he rest in peace knowing his dedicated service to his country and loyalty to our Marine Corps League is appreciated.
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#5 Bonnie Goulden Water 2015-01-28 11:49
Pepe Family, Sorry to hear about Uncle Frank. He lived a long and very fruitful life and can now join Aunt Thelm in his rightful place beside her. He was very kind to me during my years in school in Watertown. A soda at the drug store was much appreciated. He was a proud military veteran and deserves to be recognized.
Bonnie Goulden Waters (Potsdam) Fresno, Ca.
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