Joseph L. Frontera, 95, died peacefully Thursday morning, August 13, 2020 at his residence after enjoying a great life. He was born April 8, 1925 in Clarendon, PA. He was the son of John B. and Maria Saracino Frontera. Joe was a Warren area resident most of his entire life. He was a 1943 graduate of Warren High School. While in school he was an accomplished athlete, playing on the 1941 & 1942 football and baseball teams. He also played guitar and harmonica on the street corners of Clarendon with his friends and neighbors. Upon graduation he was drafted on April 9, 1943 in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He completed his boot camp and electrical training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. He was transferred to Little Creek, VA Amphibious Base in May 1944 and assigned to LSM 168 (landing ship medium). They were sent through Panama Canal to Society Islands to Admiralty Islands where they picked up tanks and trucks, which took them to New Guinea and participated in mop up landings there. Proceeded onto the Philippine Island in October 1944 to participate in invasions of Leyte, Palawan, Mindoro, Cebu, Negros, Bohol, and Samar. In June, 1944 they participated in the invasion of Brunei Bay. Borneo, where Japanese had oil installations of Japan and received orders to invade Kyushu on November 1, 1945. They would have been in the first wave, however, Japan surrendered in August, 1945 and the war was over.
Joe was discharged in December 1946 as a Petty Officer 1st Class Electrician and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 2 battle stars; Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon with 1 star; Combat Action Ribbon; American Theatre Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. Upon discharge from the Navy, he worked as an electrician for Sylvania (later GTE) for 37 years, retiring in 1984. He was an avid golfer and fly fisherman, enjoying several trips to Canada. He held memberships at Blueberry Hill Golf Course for over 30 years where he had several friends and accomplished getting a hole in one. He wintered at Barefoot Bay, Florida for many years. Joe and his wife, Sarah, loved to dance in the early years of marriage and won several dance competitions. He was an avid gardener and is remembered by his family as a man who had great love and pride for his family. They were the center of who Joe was as a person.
He is survived by his 3 Children – Maria Lantz Frontera, Kathleen Johnson and husband, Rick, Joseph D. Frontera all of Warren, PA., 6 Grandchildren – John C. Frontera, Warren, PA., Maria Toole and husband, Ryan of Fairview, PA., Travis Lantz of Warren, PA., Sara Mudd Frontera and husband, Daniel of Columbia, S.C., Rachele Clark and husband, Joshua of Washington, D.C., Christian Frontera Johnson of Warren, PA., 4 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Sarah L. Pellegrino Frontera whom he married February 19, 1949 in Warren, PA., who died February 28, 1993, 4 Brothers – Peter, Dominic, Frank and Edward Frontera, 1 Sister – Marion Fago, and his daughter-in-law, Nancy Frontera, who died on January 28, 2008.
Friends were received at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Monday, August 17, 2020 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA., at 10:00 A.M. with Fr. Stephen Schreiber, officiating. Serving as pallbearers for interment in St. Joseph Cemetery were Dominic Frontera III, John Frontera, Christian Johnson, and Travis Lantz. Full military honors were conducted by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Funeral Honor Guard and U.S. Navy personnel. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Chapter of Disabled American Veterans 210 North Street, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com