The family of Joseph Gatto will hold a funeral for their father on Monday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m., at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church (2060 N. Vermont Ave.) in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
A prompt arrival is suggested. Limited seating for the elderly and disabled will be roped off near the front of the sanctuary. Photography, videography, and other press-related activities should be cleared in advance by contacting Justin Hager.
A private reception and graveside burial will follow the funeral mass. Both will be strictly limited to family and close friends of the deceased.
In lieu of flowers, the Gatto family requests donations be sent to one of their father’s three favorite charities:
(1) The Historic Italian Hall Foundation (125 Paseo De la Plaza, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213-485-8432)
(2) The Los Angeles Community Garden Council (4470 W. Sunset Blvd. #381, Los Angeles, CA 90027; 323-942-WORM)
(3) or, The Tuition Magician, Attn: Joe Gatto Arts Scholarship (4470 West Sunset Blvd. #378, Los Angeles, CA 90027)
Joseph Gatto was a passionate artist, jewelry craftsman, teacher, author, and devoted father and grandfather. He retired in 2002 after more than 45 years as an art and design teacher who taught at both the primary and college levels, including Pierce College, California State University at Northridge, California State University at Los Angeles, the Otis Parson Art Institute, and the Art Center in Pasadena. He was also the founder and longtime chairman of the Visual Arts Department at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Joe’s professional accolades include being honored twice at the White House, among numerous other awards and recognitions.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation into Gatto’s death is ongoing. There is no new information.