Joseph W. Gattuso Sr., 74, salesman, engineer Joseph...

May 29, 2001

Joseph W. Gattuso Sr., 74, salesman, engineer

Joseph William Gattuso Sr., a retired Eastern Stainless Steel salesman and production engineer and a former Cockeysville resident, died Thursday of multiple strokes at Edgerton Memorial Community Hospital in Edgerton, Wis. He was 74.

Born in Baltimore, he lived in Little Italy with his four siblings as a child. Because his father, Joseph Gattuso, died when he was an infant, Mr. Gattuso left school at age 12 to work at area markets to help support his family.

From 1947 to 1966, Mr. Gattuso worked at Bond Bakery in Baltimore, where he delivered bread to homes in Armistead Gardens and elsewhere in the city. It was at Bond that he met Frances C. Doyle of Dundalk, his wife of 43 years.

Mr. Gattuso enlisted in the Army in 1951, achieved the rank of master sergeant and worked as an instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground until 1954. After Aberdeen, he moved his family to homes in Catonsville, Pikesville and Timonium. He lived in Cockeysville from 1978 until last summer, when he moved to Edgerton.

By attending the University of Baltimore at night for six years while working at the bakery, Mr. Gattuso earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1965. After a short stint working for REA Express, he took a job as a salesman at Eastern Stainless Steel in the 1970s. He later assumed the job of production engineer with the company and was responsible for determining the amount of raw steel that needed to be processed to make stainless steel ingots. He retired in 1988 to care for his wife, who had become ill. She died in 1993.

Mr. Gattuso was active in his church, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Texas, where he served as an usher, brought food to parishioners and transported those without cars to church services and doctor's appointments.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph.

He is survived by sons Dr. Joseph W. Gattuso Jr. of Holidaysburg, Pa., Dr. David B. Gattuso of Edgerton, Wis., and Dr. Robert L. Gattuso of Timonium; daughter Barbara E. McDaniel of Edgerton; two sisters, Carmelia Anuzewski of Parkville and Jessie Bangert of White Marsh; eight granddaughters; five grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, White Marsh 21162, or to the Autism Society of America, Suite 503, 8601 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910.

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