YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Joseph Gatto, 83, passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 12, 2021, with his family by his side.
Joe was a man dedicated to his family and his Catholic Faith.
Joe was born December 30, 1937, in Hillsville, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Joseph Gatto and Anna Sfara Gatto. He was the third of four children.
Joe graduated from St. Fidelis Seminary in Herman, Pennsylvania. He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown University.
He married Marjorie Little on June 3, 1967 at St. Christine Church.
He worked for many years at the General Electric Youngstown Lamp Plant until the plant closed in 1985.
Joe was very active in the St. Christine Church community where he served on Parish Council, trained the altar servers and Eucharistic ministers for many years, worked the Parish Festival and brought comfort to others through the ministry of St. Vincent de Paul.
He was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, serving as Assistant Pack Leader of Troop 22 and Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 22. He was a member of the Monsignor Mears Council of the Knights of Columbus and was chairman of their Pro-Life Committee. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Austintown.
Joe loved to spend his time with his grandchildren. He could often be found working in his garden. He truly appreciated a good meal, good music and a good joke. He loved animals. He shared his home and heart with many dogs over the years and he loved his two cats, Maggie and Jodi. His family and friends will remember him as a man who would help anyone, could fix anything and always had the gadget or tool that you needed close at hand.
He leaves his wife of 54 years, Marjorie (Little) Gatto; three children, Joe (Jackie Rapose) Gatto, Teresa (Larry) Yarger and Tom (Jennifer) Gatto; ten grandchildren, Amanda Yarger, Olivia Gatto, Noah Gatto, Joe Gatto, Anthony Yarger, Elijah Gatto, Julie Gatto, Adam Yarger, Ruth Gatto and Abigail Gatto; a sister, Kathleen (Tom) Higbee of Petaluma, California and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Teresa M. Gatto and his brother, Rocco “Babe” Gatto.
He enriched our lives. We are better off because we knew and loved him.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Christine Church after Christmas for family and close
Arrangements are being handled by Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home in Cornersburg.
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A television tribute will air Sunday, December 19 at the following approximate times: 8:58 a.m. on FOX and 9:58 p.m. on MyYTV.