Deacon Joseph Anthony Pepe

April 19, 1930March 13, 2021

Deacon Joseph Anthony Pepe April 19, 1930 - March 13, 2021

Deacon Joseph Anthony Pepe, 90, of Oxnard Passed away on March 13, 2021, after a brief illness (non Covid related). He was a Ventura County resident for more than 55 years.

Deacon Pepe was born April 19, 1930, in Newark, NJ, to Santos and Maria Pepe. He was the youngest of their 14 children, and was the last surviving child.

Deacon Pepe faithfully served our country in the United States Navy from 1948 until 1968. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and retired as a Petty Officer. After he retired, he worked at the Navy Exchange in Port Hueneme and Dunn Edwards in Ventura.

Deacon Pepe was a lay missionary for the Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD, and in 1993 was ordained a Deacon. Deacon Pepe served in Sioux Falls and at St. Joseph the Worker Navy Base Ventura County. He was also a life long parishioner at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Oxnard.

Deacon Pepe was a member of the Knights of Columbus Oxnard Council 750. He was an Honorary Life Time Member of 40 year to Oxnard Council, and a 4th degree Sir Knight/Past Faithful Navigator to Ventura Council 2498. He was a member of the Italian Catholic Federation and the Golden Classics at St. John's Regional Medical Center.

Deacon Pepe is survived by his son Michael, daughters, Elaine Pepe-Williams (Richard Williams), Maureen O'Hara and Andrea Pepe, 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Deacon Pepe was preceded in death by his spouse/best friend Dorothy Gertrude (Ronan) Pepe, son Brian Keith Pepe, son-in-law Sean Peter O'Hara, and grandson Padraic Michael Shea O'Hara.

Rosary will be recited at 11:30a.m., April 10, 2021, with Mass immediately following the rosary. The service will be conducted at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Oxnard, by Father Doan Pham, assisted by deacon Donald Pinedo. A private interment will be at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo.

Arrangements are under the direction of Martin Guerrero, Funeraria Del Angel Oxnard, in Oxnard, CA.


  • Memorial Service

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  • Funeral Service

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Jane Bell

April 10, 2021

Deacon Joe Pepe was one of the most friendly, kind and loving people I’ve ever known. He and his wife, Dorothy, are sparkling gems in the crown of Christ; they both let His light shine through them while they were on this earth. I have fond memories of them; they helped me much on my path of faith and I am so grateful for that. Elaine, Rick, Chris, Melissa, Tim and your entire family are in my prayers as you mourn the loss of your father and grandpa!
Love and Peace in Christ,
Janie Bell

James Pepe

April 8, 2021

Uncle Joe the last of a generation. The last one born and the last one to pass! I have many fond memories from my childhood to now. The entire gang would head east in their old station wagon to visit both Uncle Joe’s family in NJ and Aunt Dorthy’s family in MA. In NJ the entire Pepe family would take over Biasi’s restaurant in Newark and have a great big family reunion! My fiancé Joanne and I did a six week road trip across country in 2017 we went to CA and surprised Uncle Joe, Elaine knew we were coming. We had a wonderful stay with him and I am so glad we made the trip. We lost a wonderful family member but God received another Angel! He is with all of his loved ones there. He will be missed! Our deepest sympathies, with all our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jimmy, Joanne and Family.

Heff Alvarado

March 25, 2021

I worked with Pepe at Dunn Edwards paint in Ventura . We became friends right away especially when he found out I was half Italian. He reminded me of my grandpa, we lived close to each other and he would pick me up for work in his Toyota pickup with his camper on the back. One day Pepe was eating lunch and asked me if I ever tried pasta fazu.I told him my gramps use to make it . Pepe poured me a bowl and it was great.after I told him how great it was he brought me lunch almost every day. I remember misses Pepe asked why he’s eating so much for lunch now.Pepe would always talk about his kids and how much he loved them his biggest joy was his grandkids. Pep iam going to miss you and iam going to learn how to make pasta fazu for my grandkids thanks for everything. God bless.

Timothy Williams

March 22, 2021

Hey old man..
I know I wasn't always the best grandson but you never gave up on me.. look at me now.. I love you Papa and I will miss you so much.. give Grandma a kiss for me. I know you are both in heaven with Jesus looking down on us. We will see each other again.

Maureen O’Hara

March 21, 2021

My dad was quite a character who lived a long, full life. He started out the baby of 14 children from an Italian family in New Jersey, joined the US Navy and traveled the world. We five children stayed at home in Oxnard with our mother and didn’t really get to know our dad until he retired from service. He went on many adventures with my mother and seriously found his calling as a deacon. We’ll miss you dad. Love, Maureen

Christopher Williams

March 21, 2021

Papa, I will always cherish our time together and keep your memory alive. You have touched so many people and I can only hope to be half the man you were. I know you are with grandma and that is where you’ve wanted to be. I already miss you so much. You will forever live in me as you’ve been a big part of who I am. I will continue your legacy of service and always try to make you proud! Continue to watch over us and give grandma a big kiss for me! I love you with all my heart!
Your grandson Christopher

Ralph Pepe

March 16, 2021

Uncle Joe,

The last of the original “Pepe” clan.
I will miss all of your phone calls and laughing about the lousy weather here in NJ.
You were truly a great man.

Ralph, Annamarie and family