John J. Gatto

John J. Gatto, 86, of Falconer, passed away Friday (Aug. 15, 2014) in the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center.

A lifelong area resident he was born July 3, 1928, in Jamestown, the son of the late John and Maria Elardo Gatto Sr.

John attended Falconer High School and in earlier years was employed by National Worsted Mills and Proto Tool. Prior to retirement he had worked construction for 20 years. After retirement he had been employed by Tarks Clam Stand in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

John was a member of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society of OLL. In earlier years John had played semi-pro football for the Jamestown American Legion. He was a former member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club and Italian American Brotherhood. John adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed sports, bike riding and was an avid Yankees fan.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine R. “Josie” Alessi Gatto, whom he married July 2, 1949, in Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, Falconer; a son, Robert J. (Diane) Gatto of Falconer; a daughter, Joan (Richard) Barton of Ashville; four grandchildren: Dr. Robert J. (Alicia) Gatto Jr. of Warren, Pa., Alyssa Gatto of Hoboken, N.J., Aaron (Kim) Barton of Lutz, Fla., and Andrea Barton of Charlotte, N.C.; four great-grandchildren: Gracie, Laney, Jude and Seth Gatto; a brother, Frank Gatto of West Ellicott, Jamestown; a sister, Frances Kochian of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Adalyn Kathryn Gatto; two brothers: James Gatto and Anthony Gatto; and a sister, Jennie Aubert.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, Falconer. The Rev. Joseph Janaczek, pastor of the church, will be celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Friends will be received by the family from 5-8 p.m. Monday in the Falconer Funeral Home. The Altar and Rosary Society of OLL will conduct a rosary service at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Falconer Funeral Home. A Christian wake service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be donated to Addies Gift Foundation, 316 Conewango Ave., Warren, PA 16365, www.addiesgift.org.

Visit our website at www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.