Obituaries 05-20-2020

Dorothy Marotta

American Biltrite Retiree, Will Be Remembered for Her Kind and Generous Spirit

Dorothy Marotta of Revere died on May 7 at the age 79. 

Dorothy was an employee for over 40 years at American Biltrite where she retired as payroll supervisor. Dottie’s faith was extremely important to her. She was a devoted parishioner at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere and a past member of the Lady’s Sodality. She enjoyed bingo and an occasional trip to Las Vegas. Dottie will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit, always one to pick up the tab for both family and friends.

Born in Malden on February 18, 1941 to the late Pasquale and Theresa (Sarni), she was the beloved sister of Virginia Mullen and her late husband, Bill of Revere, adored aunt of Michael Mullen and his wife, Kim Chin of Saugus, Therese Mullen and her partner, Gino Marino of Saugus and Steven Mullen of Revere and cherished great-aunt of Adelina and Anthony.  Dorothy also leaves behind her cat, Gypsy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. In accordance with the CDC’s current restrictions on gatherings due to Covid-19, all services will be held privately. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit

Mildred Reutter

Beloved Longtime First Grade Teacher at the Lafayette and Devens Schools in Everett

Mildred (Listernick) Reutter of Everett passed away Saturday, May 16 at Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody at the age of 93.

 Born in Everett on June 27, 1926, she was the beloved daughter of the late Dr. Sidney S. and Beulah (Savage) Listernick. Mildred was predeceased by her husband, Maurice J. Reutter and they resided in Lexington for over 50 years.

Mildred was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1944 and earned a B.S. degree from Tufts University in Biochemistry (1948), and a Masters degree in Education from Boston University. She was a beloved, lifetime teacher in the Everett school system, where she taught 1st grade at the Lafayette and Devens schools until her retirement. She was an active member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the Eastern Star.

Mildred and her husband loved to travel and visited many countries in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. They enjoyed spending their free time in St. Thomas and Cape Cod. She was an avid piano player and enjoyed sharing her music with her students and family over the years.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Stanley E. Listernick and wife, Roselyn of Peabody, nieces Debbie Listernick of Maynard and Julie (Listernick) Estrada and her husband, Ruben of North Andove, and nephew, Glenn Listernick and his wife, Denise of Duxbury. She also leaves grandnieces: Nicole, Caroline and Christina and grandnephew, Brandon.

In light of the COVID-19, private burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mildred Reutter to the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, with deep appreciation Arrrangements by Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home:

James Frontero

Retired Educator

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

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. He was predeceased by his sisters: Rose McDonald and Theresa Frontero.

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.

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

Arrangements are by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

John Joseph Johnson

Nicknamed “A Ray of Sunshine,” “Oscar the Grouch “ and “The Grinch”

John Joseph Johnson, the son of the late Walter “Cecil” and Mary (Day) Johnson, 76, died on April 28.

He is survived by his brother, William “Mickey” Cromwell and his wife Lucy of Mashpee, Walter Johnson and his wife, Lenora of Revere and his “baby” sister, Martha of Everett. John was pre-deceased by brothers: Richard Cromwell and Charles Johnson and his sisters, Charlotte, Ruth and Mary Theresa. John is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

John spent the last three years at the Lighthouse Nursing Center in Revere where was was the life of the “party.” Prior to that, John was a security guard at the airport and before that worked for many years as a bartender in Boston’s Combat zone.

John loved to travel to Cape Cod and Maine, loved sitting on the front porch talking and joking with the neighbors, decorating for the holidays, especially Christmas, and gardening. He had great pleasure hanging out with nieces and nephews and their friends, especially when they were having get togethers or parties in the yard.

Most people thought John was a grumpy and mean person. But as you got to know him, you knew that was his way of telling you he loved you otherwise he just wouldn’t bother talking or being around you.

As many people say John “always kept it real” or as one of his niece’s called him, “Oscar the Grouch with a Big Heart.”

One of the things John did was to chase all the kids with his Bamboo stick, if they weren’t behaving and sometimes if they were; and he didn’t care how big or small you were either; if you were an adult or a child. John was all about respecting your elders, manners, and having fun…he was honest generous loving and loved. His nicknames were “A Ray of Sunshine”, “Oscar the Grouch “ and The “Grinch.”

 In lieu of flowers send donations to the charity of your choice.

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

Lorraine Bray

Former Everett Resident

Lorraine E. (Lowry) Bray of  Westford and Acton, formerly of Everett, entered into eternal rest, Monday, May 18 in the Lifecare of Acton Nursing Care Center after being in failing health.  She was 88 years old.

Born in Chelsea, Lorraine  worked for many years as a nurse’s aide in the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. She was the daughter of the late Hazel (Quigley) and Charles Lowry, beloved wife of the late Clarence “Don” Bray, dear and devoted mother of Kevin D. Bray and his wife, Cheryl of Westford and the late Susan Bray, sister of the late Joan DeGilorma and loving grandmother of James Bray and Sarah and Maddie Russell. 

Due to the restrictions placed on all of us because of COVID-19, all services will be privately held for the immediate family at the Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lorraine’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oakes Road, Waltham, MA 02452 would be sincerely appreciated. Arrangements by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

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