Joseph T. ‘Joe’ Pepin

ESCANABA — Joseph T. “Joe” Pepin, 64, of Escanaba, passed away Monday, April 22, 2019, at UP Health Systems in Marquette surrounded by his family after lengthy battles with illnesses.

Joe was born in Escanaba on Sept. 7, 1954, son of Donald and Thelma (DeGarmo) Pepin. He was a life-long resident of Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1973.

He worked at Hardee’s, Bridgewood and Elmers. Joe loved to bake and was known for his baked goods. Everything he made was made with love, from scratch and was always delicious!

Joe was involved in many Players de Noc productions throughout the years. Whether on stage or backstage, he loved to sing and act. He also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles in his spare time.

Joe was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church where he played the organ for over 40 years. For three years, he was also a Capuchin Franciscan Brother, leaving the brotherhood to return to Escanaba.

Among survivors are his siblings, Fr. Darryl Pepin of Bark River, Bruce (Donna) Pepin of Cornell, James (Donna) Pepin, Patrick (Kim) Pepin, Michael Pepin, Laurie Pepin, Kelly Pepin and Kathy (Ken) Woodbury, all of Escanaba; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and a large community of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Christine.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba. Parish prayers will be said at 8 p.m. with Rev. Darryl Pepin officiating. The visitation will also be held Monday morning, April 29, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Rev. Darryl Pepin and Rev. Rick Courier concelebrating.

Burial will take place next to his parents and sister at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Pepin family for a memorial to be determined.

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A sincere thank you from Joe’s family goes to Doctor Michael Keeker and his staff, and to the doctors, nurses and staff at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba and UP Health Systems in Marquette. Also to Christian Park Village and Center and to Rampart EMS. Thank you and God bless you all!