Deacon Frank Pepe, Jr. dies

Frank Pepe, Jr., 82, of Williamstown, retired, who served as a permanent deacon in the Camden Diocese for 25 years, died July 2.

Deacon Pepe was a United States Army veteran who served during the Korean War. Ordained in 1988, he ministered at St. Jude Church, Blackwood; Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale; and Holy Family, Sewell. He retired in 2006.

Deacon Leo McBlain, director of the Office of the Diaconate, remembered a “very quiet man who performed his duties without fanfare.”

Deacon Pepe was the husband of Marie (nee Whitefield); father of John A. (Sharyn), Frank (Francine), Marie (Charles) Longstreth, and Diane (Ed) Bray; grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 10; and brother of Nicholas.

A memorial Mass was celebrated July 8 at Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Jude Church. Interment followed at Gloucester County Veteran’s Cemetery, Williamstown.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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