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