Joseph Michael Pierce, Jr.

Joseph Michael Pierce, Jr.

April 22, 1929 - August 26, 2006

Joseph Michael Pierce, Jr.

April 22, 1929 - August 26, 2006


Pierce, Joseph K. M., 77 of San Juan Capistrano, California, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2006 due to a long illness of acute leukemia. He was a business owner of a jewelry store in San Juan Capistrano for 23 years.

Joe was most proud and honored to be a member of the Knights of Malta 10 years. He was blessed with the opportunity of having two private papal meetings with Pope John Paul II, one of them to return a stolen relic of the true cross that only a Knight of Malta is called upon.

He is loved and respected by his five children, Cheryl Mittelstaedt Mike pf Anaheim, CA, Mark Pierce Pam of Sandy, UT; Ron Pierce Jackie of Garden Grove, CA; Joe Pierce Debbie of Anaheim, CA and Teresa Pierce Remmel of Garden Grove, CA. He was also a Grandfather to eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandson. Also he is survived by a brother, Sam Pierce of Los Alamitos, CA, and a sister, Anne Martinek of San Juan Capistrano, CA. Sam, Anne and nephew Ed Muscat shared many good times together.

He had a gift for telling jokes and making people laugh, but his true passion was singing. He loved to entertain and hang out at one of his favorite places. Thai This Restaurant in Dana Point, CA.

His motto was ‘There’s no business like Joe business’

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Lawrence J. Luppi for being a dear friend, Daniel and Letti Naujock for all your love and support, and to Companion Hospice for the wonderful care that was given.

A Vigil will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 ~ 10:00 A.M. at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California.

An Interment is to be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 ~ 2:00 P.M. at Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest, California.

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1 responses to Joseph Michael Pierce, Jr.

  1. We remember Joe in his little jewelry store, sharing his considerable knowledge of gemology with us, cracking corny jokes, enjoying impromptu pot lucks, and bringing out special gemstones from the vault to be admired under the microscope. We remember his little dog who could say “I love you.” Joe Pierce was part of what made San Juan such a small, friendly place. We will miss his presence at mass at the Mission on Saturdays. We are grateful for the photograph he gave us of his last visit to the Vatican, and the holy water from Lourdes. Joe came from humble beginnings and achieved great things, including the honor of becoming a Knight of Malta. Aloha dear friend. May you soar with the angels.

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