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Santa M Gatta

June 26, 1926 ~ June 22, 2017 (age 90)

Santa M. Gatta, 90, of Niles passed at 12:02AM Thursday June 22, 2017 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

She was born June 26, 1926 in Warren the daughter of Tony and Sarah (Anerino) Garito.

Santa was employed at General Electric in Niles and Warren, Ohio Lamp in which she had the highest production of light bulbs in one shift under her direction. She later was a head cook at Cherry’s Top of The Mall. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, enjoyed crocheting for her grandchildren and bird watching. From the time, she was a little girl she always had birds chirping in her house, and still till her last days there are 2 surviving Canary’s “Bangs” and “Tweetie”.

Santa’s family was always well fed. Holidays were the best and as our matriarch always seated at the head of the table.  Her lead was measured in our good manners. Our enjoyment of an amazing dinner was a true testament to her good Italian cooking. So many special memories of her delicious pizza’s, homemade sauce and meatballs, Easter bread, and so much more.  We will always cherish Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house, there was never a question about the menu, pasta it was, or special menu upon request.

Santa and Ludy have been hand in hand for over 71 years of marriage. She was his “welcome home” from the war and sweetheart to survive for. From their walk’s home from school to their walk down the aisle, Santa and Ludy created a life that was true example of growing old together. Through ups and downs and in sickness and in health, they did it together!  They gave their family the truest example of unconditional love.

Her legacy lives on thru the many generations she leaves behind. It is through her life that we hold the example of a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and great-grandma. 
La Bella Donna can now be among all the singing birdies in the sky.

She will be deeply missed by her husband Norman A. “Ludy” Gatta Sr. whom she married May 18, 1946, two sons Patrick A. Gatta (Sandra) of Poland and Norman A. Gatta Jr. (Pam) of Niles , two daughters, Annette Soltesz (Ken) of Niles and Mary Ann M. Kovacich (Joeseph) of Niles, eight grandchildren, Nicole Foeller and her husband Drew,  Allison Foster and her husband Josh , Kristie Lombard and her husband Chris, Ryan Soltesz, Andrea Gatta, Joseph Kovacich, Melissa Sullivan, Michael Kovacich and his wife Tara, and nine great-grandchildren, Austin,  Keira,  Jaimee, Roman, Jobee, Jaiden, Jaxon, Jace, Madison, and Maximus.  

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Garito and Leroy Garito, and a sister, Santa Garito.

As we reflect and celebrate Santa’s 91st Birthday here on earth, she will be celebrating her heavenly birthday and eternal life with the Lord.

We would like to thank those of you who took special care of Santa for the days spent at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles. Also immense gratitude to the caregivers who helped in her last few months with us; Patty, Ashley. and the special care of Patriot HomeCare., thank you Mark, and also immense gratitude to Dr. Michael Ciletti, Dr. Sonni, Dr. Eugene, Dr. Shah, and the staff of Trumbull Memorial Hospital C.C.U.

Her wishes were for a Private funeral service, immediate family.

Burial in Niles City Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

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