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Ralph J. Gatta, 1930-2020

WARREN — Ralph J. Gatta, 89, of Warren, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Shepherd of the Valley in Liberty.

He was born Nov. 19, 1930, in Niles, the son of Donato and Grace Villecco Gatta.

Ralph was a 1949 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, and employed in sales at The May Company for 18 years, retiring in 1993.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, member of The Paul Villecco Trio, Packard Band and Mike Sudano Band, and enjoyed music, hunting and listening to Frank Sinatra.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, where he also played as a musician.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Marlene Bowkowski Gatta, whom he married May 1, 1981; two daughters, Susan Shaw and her husband, Michael, of Naples, Fla., and April Kirkwood of Poland; a stepdaughter, Alisa Modrynski and her husband, Larry, of Gettysburg, Pa.; a brother, Dan Gatta of Niles; two sisters, Rose Cikusa of Niles and Annette Common of Alliance; four grandchildren, Emily and Ally Bordner of Naples, Fla., Dana Nystrom and her husband, Curtis, of Bronx, N.Y., and Grant Kirkwood of Newton Falls; two step-grandsons, Scott Enlow of Memphis, Tenn., and Trent Hobbs of Fremont, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Peyton, Emma Rose, Skylar and Piper; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James J. Gatta; and a sister, Norma Edmonds.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, where social distancing and facial coverings are mandatory.

Material contributions can be made to The Project 20 / 20 Campaign, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 381 Robbins Ave., Niles, OH 44446.

Arrangements are entrusted to The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to light a candle and send condolences to Ralph’s family.

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