A funeral service for Joseph Gatto, father of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 2060 N. Vermont Ave., in Los Feliz.

Joseph Gatto was found  shot to death last Wednesday in his Los Feliz home after an apparent robbery.

A private reception and graveside burial will follow the funeral mass.  Both will be strictly limited to family and close friends of the deceased, according to Mike Gatto’s office.

In lieu of flowers, the Gatto family requests donations be sent to one of Joseph Gatto's three favorite charities:

  • The Historic Italian Hall Foundation, 125 Paseo De la Plaza, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012; (213) 485-8432
  • The Los Angeles Community Garden Council, 4470 W. Sunset Blvd. #381, Los Angeles, CA 90027; (323) 942-WORM
  • The Tuition Magician, Attn: Joe Gatto Arts Scholarship, 4470 W. Sunset Blvd. #378, Los Angeles, CA  90027

Joseph Gatto was an artist, jewelry craftsman, teacher and author.

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 Parsons 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.

Joseph Gatto’s professional accolades include being honored twice at the White House, among numerous other awards and recognitions.

The Los Angeles Police Department is continuing its investigation into Joseph Gatto’s death.

-- Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com

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