Gertrude Delores Gatto

January 25, 1935 ‒ April 02, 2021

Johnstown, Ohio

Gertrude Delores Gatto, 86, of Johnstown passed away quietly on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

She was born January 25, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Paul and Gertrude (Fitzpatrick) Musgrave.

Delores worked as a medical office and property office manager for many years and had also owned and operated 2 restaurants. She was a former member and secretary for the American Quarter Horse Association and the Ohio Paint Horse Association. She served as district manager with Copper Craft Guild, and promotions director for the Worthington Square Shopping Center.

In her early years, she played basketball and the saxophone. Delores was very artistic and creative. She enjoyed decorating, gardening, and training and showing horses and dogs. She was always a true patriot.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Paula (Raymond) Campbell of Westerville, Carla Jean (Tim) O’Brien of Marengo, Bryan (Michelle) Barlitt of Sunbury, and Travis (Patty) Barlitt of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 3 step-great grandchildren; brother, Chaplain Daniel (Penny) Musgrave of Roswell, New Mexico; sister, Nancy Riffle of Mt. Vernon; several nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, Delores was preceded in death by her 1st husband Richard Barlitt and father of her 4 children, her 2nd husband Michael Gatto, and her brother-in-law Merrill Riffle.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 5 – 8 pm at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61 (@ SR 3), Sunbury, and where services celebrating Delores’s life will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:00 am with Pastor Tim Waggoner and her brother Chaplain Daniel Musgrave officiating. For those unable to attend the service, it will be live-streamed at:

Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Columbus.

Contributions in Delores’s memory may be made to Boy’s Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Gatto family.

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  • My sincere condolences to Delores’ family, I knew her from all the years she worked for The Zimmerman’s . We had one great thing in common, our love for horses. She was always knowledgeable and fun to talk to and the one thing I really liked was she told you how it was. I even named my black cat after her Ninja. I will cherish all our talks, Heaven gained another Angel😇

  • Rest In Peace . My deepest sympathy to the family . She was a beautiful lady and will be missed . Carmen and family .

  • God bless you always . May all the memories provide comfort in this time of sadness . Our deepest sympathy🙏🏻 Lisa Villate and family

  • Mom Gigi brought beauty and kindness into the lives of those who knew her. I was so appreciative of how lovingly she accepted my sister Michelle into her family and the rest of us too.

  • I am so sorry that Delores has left this earthly plain. I was a friend to her oldest daughter Paula Campbell and remember all the good times we had at her house. My thoughts and Condolences to your family and friends you will be missed!
    Joan Byrnes

  • Your mother was a remarkable woman who raised a wonderful family. She was always very kind and welcoming. I wish we could have gotten to know her better. Our lives are richer for having her, and you, in them.

    Our deepest sympathies,
    Michael O’Brien and Miriam Levin

  • I am a neighbor at Ridgeview Manor. I knew her to be a friendly and good neighbor. Gave me a beautiful teapot when we first met (I collected). Hard worker, patriotic, Christian, loved her family. Had some good talks, wish we had more.

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