Geraldine Gatta, 86, of Niles, passed away at 5:05PM Tuesday May 26, 2020 at her residence.
She was born February 26, 1934 in Bagnoli Iripino, Italy the daughter of Domenico and Maria Domenica Toriello Chieffo.
Geraldine was a homemaker, member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society, Infante Jesus of Prague Guild, and Immaculate Conception Society. She was also a member of Renewel Team #1, Catholic Women’s Guild, and enjoyed cooking and baking.
Geraldine’s life was devoted to her faith and family. Her most joyous times were Sunday and holiday dinners surrounded by the ones she loved. Geraldine had a special relationship with each of her grandchildren. They will live their lives carrying out her words of wisdom which will always be cherished memories. She also had a special place in her heart for all of her nephews, nieces and their families
Her husband Larry Gatta whom she married December 2, 1950 died May 6, 2017.
She will be sadly missed by four daughters, Angela Byrom and her husband Robert of Westerville, Ohio, Anna Mae Searfoss and her husband John of Alliance, Gerri Melillo and her husband Mike of Niles, and Laurena Rouan and her husband Robert of Niles, eleven grandchildren, Stephen Byrom(Michael ), Lauren Tiemeier( Brian), Eric Fickes( Anne), Deanna Prezioso( Rocky), Katie McMullen( Tom), Leigh Ann Ferrall( Dave), Michelle Spano( Randy), Allison Johnson( Chaz), Vincent Melillo(Christi), Scott Rouan, Bob McDermott(Kate), and Megan McDermott(Kyle), and fourteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Donna Gatta Fickes, two brothers, Jimmy Chieffo,and Aniello Chieffo and five sisters, Dora Chieffo, Rose Meloro, Antoinette Chieffo, Dolores Gatta, and Lucia Meloro.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00AM Saturday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles where social distancing will be practiced and facial coverings strongly recommended.
Private burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.
Material contributions can be made to The Project 20/20 Campaign at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 381 Robbins Ave, Niles, Ohio 44446.
Arrangements are being handled by The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
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