Obituaries 05-13-2020

James Frontero

Retired Educator, Coach and Former

Everett High School star athlete

James, S. “Jim” Frontero, 84, of Lynnfield and Naples, Florida passed away on May 7.

 Jim was born in Boston and raised in Everett. He was a star athlete on the High School football team playing quarterback. He also played on the HS baseball team and ran track.

He graduated from Everett High School, attended Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree and received his master’s degree from Salem State University.

Jim worked as an adjustment counselor, an English teacher and, for the last 20 years of his career, as the assistant principal at Melrose High School.

He raised his family in Lynnfield where he was active in the town’s sports program helping and coaching many teams. Jim was a member of the E Club in Everett. He was part of the coaching staff that led The Malden Catholic Football team to win the 1965 State Championship.

He enjoyed golf and after his retirement he was able to pursue this sport spending winters in Naples, Florida at the Royal Wood Golf and Country Club. He especially enjoyed golfing with his sons.

Jim enjoyed spending time at the beach both at Nahant and in Naples. He loved to cook and spent many hours cooking Italian meals for his family while listening to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. He could sing the first line of any song.

Jim was the son of the late John and Bettina (Sutera) Frontero. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette (Tempesta) Frontero and is survived by his wife, Elaine Frontero: daughter Cheryl O’Keeffe; sons, John (Connie), James (Susan) and David (Jennifer); stepson Adam Sassone: 12 grandchildren, Michael, Nicole, Jackson, Julia, Greta, Abigail, Sammy and Lily Frontero, Brendan and Lauren O’Keeffe, Victoria and Chase Sassone; and his sisters, Pauline Bullard and Ann Marie Garron.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise at Gardner Park for their support and care of Jim over the past 10 months.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Maria Goretti Church in Lynnfield at a later date due to the Covid-9 restrictions.

Donations in Jim’s name made be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or Sunrise at Gardner Park 73 Margin Street, Peabody, Ma 01960

Arrangements by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

Helen Panzini

Raised Three Boys on Her Own

Helen J. (Sullivan) Panzini of Everett passed away on May 3 at the age of 77.

Helen graduated from Everett High School in 1961. She worked at Market Forge and then Whidden Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. Helen was a headstrong woman who raised three boys on her own. She loved playing  bingo and was an avid Boston sports fan. We love you and miss you ma!!

She was the devoted mother of John Panzini and his wife, Robin of Revere and Stephen Panzini and his wife, Maureen of Peabody and the late Joseph Panzini; proud grandmother of seven grandchildren: Matthew, Christopher, Alexa, Stephen, Michael, Brian, Nicole and two great grandchildren: Carlo and Angelo. She is also survived by her sister, Irene Bertocchi and her husband, Gene (Jock) of Atkinson, New Hampshire and sisters-in-law: Trudy Sullivan of Abington and Betty Poirier of North Andover. Helen will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Helen was the daughter of the late Bernard Sullivan and Helen (White) Sullivan. She was predeceased by her brothers: Bernard, Laurence, Ronald and her sisters, Veronica Poirier and Rita Bushee.  

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home:

Mildred Baggs

Will be Greatly Missed by all who Love her

Mildred B. (Carnell) Baggs passed away at her home in Chelsea on Thursday evening, May 7.   She was 89 years old.

 Born in Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of the late Stephen S. and Gertrude L. (Sellars) Carnell, Mildred attended school in Canada and graduated high school there.   She came to the United States when she was 18 years old and received her US Citizenship in 1960. Mildred lived in Everett and Revere prior to moving to Chelsea.   She has resided in Chelsea for almost 60 years.   

Mildred was a homemaker for most of her life, tending to her home and to her two sons.   She worked for 20 years for different companies, such as, American Optical, Armitron, and Hysil Manufacturing Company.   Mildred retired in 1991 after 20 years of service, ending with her employment as a bow maker at Hysil.   

Mildred was a 50 year member of the Mt. Bellingham U.M. Church in Chelsea and a late member of the Glendale U.M. Church in Everett.   She was very active in the Women’s Society of each Church.   Mildred later joined the First Congregational Church in Chelsea.   Mildred will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She was the wife of the late John M. Baggs, the beloved mother of John R. Baggs of Malden and Robert A. Baggs and his wife, Inta of Saugus.   Mildred was predeceased by two brothers, Gerald Carnell, John “Jack” Carnell and five sisters, Florence Learning, Lorraine Crocker, Rita Crowley, Edith Coish and Marion Peach.  She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Robert Jr., John, Dawn, Shaun and Caress, four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.   

Due to the current restrictions placed upon family and friends because of COVID-19, services for Mildred will be private with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Joseph Doucette

Long Time Raytheon Electrical Engineer

Joseph Doucette, 62, of Revere died on May 6.

Joe worked many years as an Electrical Engineer at Raytheon. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, traveling and being around family and friends.

He was the beloved son of the late Alfred and Rose (Dana) Doucette, devoted husband of Cheryl Ann (Dominik), loving stepfather of Shawn Dominik of Franklin, dear brother of Alfred and his companion, Sandra, John and his wife, Maryanne and Dorothy Mazzullo (Doucette) and her husband, Jim. He is also survived by his loving nieces and nephew, Linda Mrockowski, Anne Marie Mathews, and her children Summer and Macey and Jimmy Mazzulla and his fiancé, Paulina.

In accordance with the CDC’s restrictions on social gatherings due to Covid -19 all services will be private. A celebration of life will be announced for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph’s memory to the First Congregational Food Pantry 230 Beach St, Revere, and MA 02151. Family and friends are encouraged to leave a message or share a memory in the online guestbook at

Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home.

Captain Richard Basteri

Retired Only Two Months Ago from the Everett Police Dept.

Captain Richard W. Basteri of Stoneham, formerly of Somerville, entered into eternal rest at home unexpectedly on Sunday, May 3. He was 65 years old. 

Born in Boston, Rick grew up in Somerville.  He had a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and was a 37 year veteran of the Everett Police Department, retiring just two months ago.  

He was the loving son of the late Lawence and Mady (Martini) Basteri, beloved husband of Michelle M. (Sordello) for over 28 years, dear and devoted father of Richard W. Basteri, Jr. and his wife, Vitaliia of N. Carolina, Carley Basteri of Stoneham, Nicholas Basteri and Joseph Basteri of Everett; brother of Lawrence Basteri of Lowell, Robert Basteri of Melrose,  Elizabeth Nasson of Lexington, Judith Basteri of Reading, Kathleen Crowley of Reading, Christine Maestri of Lexington and the late Stephen Basteri of Melrose, loving grandfather of Lucca Basteri and dear son-in-law of George and Theresa Sordello of Melrose. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard’s memory to Cops for Kids with Cancer, C/O EPD 45 Elm St. Everett, MA 02149, would be sincerely appreciated.

Due to the current restrictions placed on all of us because of COVID-19, services will be held for the immediate family with burial in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett  617-387-3120.

Pietro Fortunato

Member Sons of Orsogna Associates and President of Sons of Orsogna Choir

Pietro Fortunato of Everett died on May 4 at the age of 89.

Pietro was born in Orsogna, Italy and was a member of Sons of Orsogna Associates in Everett. He loved playing the accordion and singing at St. Anthony’s Church in Everett, as well as President and singer of Sons of Orsogna Choir.

He was the beloved husband of Elisabetta (Iocco); loving brother of the late Giustina DiRico; brother-in-law to the late Nicolo, Nicoletta Tummino and Angelo Tummino, loving uncle of Domenico DiRico and his wife, Maria, Marilyn DiRico Staff, Steven Tummino and his wife, Elaine, Peter Tummino and his wife, Maria and Marco Tummino and his wife, Ellen.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Pietro’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home:

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