GLOUCESTER- Carmella V. (D'Amico) Frontiero, 92, beloved wife of the late Capt. Samuel S. "Boogie" Frontiero, of Gloucester, passed away on Monday evening, January 22, 2018, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
Affectionately known as "Mella," she was born in Gloucester on August 31, 1925, the daughter of the late Frank and Angela (Corso) D'Amico. After high school, Carmella worked at the former Mighty Mac Co. in the Fort, where she grew up.
Boogie and Mella met at a St. Peter's Club dance. It was love at first sight for Boogie, but not so much for Carmella. He had to win her over.
They were married at St. Ann's Church on February 16, 1947, and together raised a daughter and four rambunctious sons.
Boogie was a fishing captain and named his last vessel after his beautiful bride. Carmella, despite raising five children, taking in her own father and helping raise two of her granddaughters, kept a meticulous home. Carmella's handwritten welcome sign on the front door read, "Please wipe your feet," a term of endearment to her family.
Mella served five-star meals, including her moist meatballs, bista with the zugu, mudiga steaks and delicious, homemade Italian cookies.
Carmella was a natural beauty, often compared to actress Ava Gardner. She was a classically elegant dresser who defied old age, looking younger with each passing year. When asked about her wrinkle-free secrets, she would say, "I hate the sun, Pond's Dry Skin Cream, and the D'Amicos don't wrinkle."
Simplicity was Carmella's mantra. She found joy in simple pleasures. Mella loved to walk around the Gloucester High School track across the street from her home. Carmella loved taking rides around the Back Shore with Boogie in his maroon Chevrolet Impala and taking the family to Misty Acres restaurant in Essex for fried clams. She loved reveling in nature's beauty: flowers, the sun glistening on the ocean.
She loved Jerry Vale records, which often served as "makeup music" for Boogie and Mella.
She loved nothing more than to be around her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and was so proud of her newest great-grandson, Emmett and the birth of her great-great-granddaughter, Freja. Mella loved serving her lava-hot coffee during Monday family get-togethers.
Carmella's door was always open, provided guests wiped their feet before entering. She welcomed them with a big open heart, whether it was family, friends or her caring health aides.
She loved simplicity, yet her message was profound: Accept everyone. Judge no one. Respect, love and help your parents, Family first. Unconditional, familial love. Always ask, "Did you eat?" And no matter the answer feed anyway! Buy the freshest groceries: milk two weeks out, bread seven days. Cook simply; fewer ingredients the better. Be proud but never brag. Be overprotective: if you don't care for your kids, who will? Love your brothers, sisters. Stay close. Be a good wife. Live simply. Love.
And, as Don Corleone said, "Never tell anyone outside the family what you're thinking."
She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Nicastro, wife of the late Donny Nicastro; her four sons, Joseph Frontiero and fiancee, Francisca Miranda, Frank Frontiero and companion Karen Cara of Stuart, Fla., Samuel S. Frontiero Jr., Peter P. Frontiero and wife Alisa; grandchildren, Joseph, Samuel and Dominic Nicastro Jr., Virginia and Anna Frontiero, Samantha Barrett, Monique Frontiero, Liv, Natalie and Nathan Frontiero; several great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; her brother, Steven D'Amico and his late wife, Betty; sister-in-law, Nina Frontiero; a very special cousin, Mary Russo; a very special nephew, Frank Peter Frontiero; and many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Carmella, who died as an infant; Josephine Farina and husband, Santo, Sarah Frontiero and husband Peter; her brothers, Joseph D'Amico and wife, Mary, Frank D'Amico and wife Frances; her father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Catherine Frontiero.
Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 26th at 9 a.m. in St. Ann's Church. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday (today), January 25th from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 24, 2018