Joseph C. Gatto, 62

Federal employee

October 17, 2006

Joseph C. Gatto, a retired U.S. Department of Justice employee and sports fan, died of cancer Wednesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The longtime Crofton resident was 62.

Mr. Gatto was born in Scranton, Pa., and raised in Old Forge, Pa. He earned an associate's degree in 1964 from Lackawanna Community College in Scranton.

Until his retirement in 2003, Mr. Justice was a student loan specialist in the debt consolidation department at the Justice Department in Washington.

He was a member and past grand knight and faithful navigator of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Gatto was an avid New York Yankees and Washington Redskins fan.

He was a communicant and member of the parish council of Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, the former Lorraine Howe; a brother, Thomas Gatto of Old Forge; and two nephews.

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