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Carmen G. 'Sonny' Pepe

June 22, 2020

Carmen G. "Sonny" Pepe, 92, Las Vegas, NV and formerly of Watertown passed away Monday morning, June 22, 2020, at Mountain View Hospital, Las Vegas.

Sonny was born in Watertown on May 23, 1928, son of Joseph P. and Tessie Greco Pepe. He attended Watertown High School and received his BA in Accounting from National University.

In January 1946 he entered the US Navy. After almost 20 years of service to his country he was honorably discharged on August 31, 1965.

Sonny married Martha Shipman in 1966 and she passed in February 1983. He then married Charlotte Anne Hendricks in 1993.

In 1968 he started Pepe's Bookkeeping and Tax Service in San Diego, CA, retiring in 1998. The couple moved back to Watertown in 1999. He had been a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. Sonny was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus in Watertown and Las Vegas chapters. He was a former member of the Italian American Club, VFW Post 1400, American Legion Post 61, and the Northside Improvement League.

Along with his wife, Charlotte, he is survived by his son Michael T. Pepe; two grandchildren and one step-grandchild; brother Retired Col. Robert J. Pepe, Littleton, CO; two brothers-in-law Robert C. Storie and Richard Frangione, both of Watertown; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his first wife, Martha, Sonny was predeceased by stepson, Gary Roberts, brother Frank J. Pepe, and three sisters Mary A. Storie, Rose J. Frangione, and Anna L. Oddi.

A memorial mass will be held at a time and date to be announced at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be at his family's convenience in El Camino Cemetery, San Diego, CA. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sonny's name may be made to St. Anthony's Church, 850 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#2 Robert Pepe 2020-06-30 18:52
I am the youngest brother in Joseph and Tessie Pepe's family, My two brothers were 5 and 9 years older. That ment that I was a to young to play in there games, but I do remember being there although not taking on a large part of the game. I remember when Sonny was working setting bowling pins at a alley on Public Square and making money from that or playing craps with the others. My mother asked him to buy me a pair of shoes and pants. He did this without question. I think that I understood him more that the rest of the family as we both retired from the military. I also believe we became the best friends when we lived in California and left Watertown at an early age. He always worked hard and did more than he got in return. He did this in his tax business and also after he moved back to Watertown, which I will never understand because of the weather. He did all that he could for others until there was no more and his body was broken. I will miss him.
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#1 James Frangione 2020-06-28 09:01
You were one of the best! Your sense of humor and friendly demeanor will always be remembered Uncle Sonny! We will all miss you. May God bless the family.
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