Clara Leo Gatti

July 19, 1926 - February 9, 2016 Kennett Square, PA | Age 89 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend

Clara Leo Gatti, age 89, of Kennett Square, PA, died Tuesday February 9, 2016 at Brandywine Senior Living at Longwood in Kennett Square. She was the wife of the late John B. Gatti who died in 1997 and with whom she shared 46 years of marriage.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was a daughter of the late Gus V. and the late Mabel (Ingelido) Leo.

A graduate of Goldey-Beacom, Clara was a secretary and teacher’s aide in the Kennett School system for over 20 years. She loved working with children, particularly those who were underprivileged or dealing with personal or educational issues. If a child was in need of anything, Clara would find a way to help, even if it was just a kind word or a bit of acknowledgement.

She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She loved the Phillies, listening to big band and piano music, watching classic movies and, in her early years, enjoyed bowling and playing tennis. During retirement, she continued to enjoy the many wonderful friendships she made during her years at Kennett which she often said were some of the best of her life.

During her last few years, spent at Brandywine Senior Living, she was often lovingly cared for by some of the young people whose lives she touched, and was even reunited with several of her earliest friends and acquaintances. The entire team at Brandywine Senior Living and Optum Hospice became her new extended family.

Clara will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her, but her impact on our community and our youth will not soon be forgotten.

Survivors include three sons, Mark T. Gatti and his wife Karen of West Chester, John B. Gatti of Philadelphia and Michael P. Gatti and his wife Darice of Vienna VA; one daughter, Michele Gatti of Kennett Square; one brother, Gus V. Leo of Salisbury MD; one sister, Connie Bailey of Lake Forest CA; and two grandsons, Vincent and John Michael.

You are invited to visit with Clara’s family and friends from 6-8 PM Monday February 15, 2015 and 9:30-10:30 AM Tuesday February 16th at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. Her mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Tuesday at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Kennett Area Community Service or KACS, P.O. Box 1025, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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Memorial Donations

Kennett Area Community Service, KACS

P.O. Box 1025
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Wounded Warrior Project

P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675



February 15, 2016 6:00-8:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


February 16, 2016 9:30-10:30 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Mass of Christian Burial

February 16, 2016 11:00AM St. Patrick Church
212 Meredith St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


February 16, 2016 Following Mass St. Patrick's Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. To Mark, John, Michael, and Michele: Sorry this is so belated, but I wanted to be sure and record here what great memories I have of your dear mother (and father) from my teenage years as a Stenning Hills neighbor. Just recently moved back to Kennett after many, many years away; driving past your old Scarlett Ave. house always brings me a smile. “Mrs. Gatti” was always very kind and sweet to me, and I am truly sorry for your loss.

    David "Robin" Baker | June 26, 2017 at 9:20 AM
  2. Clara always had a gentle way about her. I loved working with her at Mary D. Lang School. She was one of the kindest, sweetest people I knew. May she rest in peace. She was an angel sent from heaven.
    Sharon McMahon Journey

    Sharon Journey | February 20, 2016 at 8:17 PM
  3. A lovely and neighborly lady who always let me walk through the yard going to school or to my grandparents house. Our condolences to the Gatti family from a former neighborhood family.

    Diane (DiProspero) Brittingham | February 16, 2016 at 7:46 PM
  4. Although I didn’t know Mrs Gatti well she was always very neighborly letting me walk through the yard to go to school or to my grandparents house. To all the Gatti family I am sorry to hear of your loss.

    Diane (DiProspero) Brittingham | February 16, 2016 at 6:23 PM
  5. Your mother was such a Beatiful person both in and outside. She always had a kind word for me and my family, always asking about my children and how they were doing. I remember her walking to school each day and she would always stop and talk to any of us neighbors who were out in our yards. Our sincere condolences to your family.
    Don and Janet Wilson.

    The Wilsons | February 15, 2016 at 6:52 PM
  6. Mark, Karen and Vince –
    I my thoughts are with you as you face the loss of your mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. As with any loss, your family, friends and memories will carry you through. It will take time for you to heal, but I hope that knowing how many people care, helps to sooth your wounded heart. I wish you peace knowing that “Mrs. Gatti” is now in the most peaceful of all places.

    Bernadette | February 15, 2016 at 5:50 PM
  7. Your mother lived a long and joyful life. She always bought a touch of class to any room she entered. A beautiful woman who was a stylish dresser. She never seemed to age. She loved her Phillies but more important she loved her children and was so very proud of all of you. Be thankful you had her this long in your lives. RIP, Clara.

    Norm Eavenson | February 15, 2016 at 3:55 PM
  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a special woman and friend to the McLaughlin family. She was a second Mom ro so many of the boys of Stenning Hills and was a steadfast fixture at their baseball games along with Mame and Gertie.

    She really was such a comfort to me, PJ and Megan when we lost Gussy. We came to love her so much in those days and really cherished her wisdom and strength.

    Please hold onto all of the love, memories and lessons learned from a very special lady. Thoughts and prayers from all of us.

    Kris McLaughlin | February 15, 2016 at 12:07 PM
  9. Anyone who met her would realize the love and sincerity she possessed. She was a gift that I will not forget.

    Stephen Brutscher | February 15, 2016 at 9:11 AM
  10. John, Michelle, Mike, and Mark,

    So sorry to hear that your Mom has passed. My thoughts of Her go back to the early 60’s.
    As a little boy, my grandparents would babysit me on Scarlett Avenue. I always remember
    playing in your yard, and house, and how kind your Mom, and Dad were to me. She truly
    was a beautiful person, inside, and out. Embrace all of those memories.

    Glenn Becker

    Glenn Becker | February 14, 2016 at 8:44 AM
  11. I will never forget Mrs. Gatti and her beautiful smile along with her huge heart. She was so nice and kind to everyone and had a lot of patience with us students. She will be remembered dearly by all who knew her. Much love and prayer for her family.

    Michelle Zunino Tuel
    KHS class of 1989

    Michelle Tuel | February 13, 2016 at 4:47 PM
  12. Your mom was always a breath of fresh air with her classy style, kind demeanor and respect for others. She was a gem and I was privileged to have known her. The earth has a void but heaven received a gift. My heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of this beautiful soul.

    Lisa Commodari | February 13, 2016 at 9:31 AM
  13. Kennett lost a shining star. Thoughts and prayers to all in the Gatti family

    Cindi and Mark Strengari | February 13, 2016 at 8:36 AM
  14. Sorry to hear of your loss.. What a mark she left … With sympathy Michele and to your family
    Linda (SCHIAVONE) Thompson-Daniels

    Linda Daniels | February 12, 2016 at 6:50 PM
  15. Your mom was such a kind and caring woman. She was so nice to all of the students at both KMS and KHS. May she rest in peace.

    Tracey Bolton Belfiore | February 12, 2016 at 6:38 PM
  16. My deepest sympathy to all of the Gatti family. My parents, Jack and Helen Woods were friends with both John and Clara and our Dads were in the service together. Clara stopped by to visit my Mom numerous times after my Dad passed in 2007 and never hesitated to ask about Mom when I ran in to her. Cling to your memories, time will ease your grief, thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Judy Woods Nowark | February 12, 2016 at 5:42 PM
  17. My prayers are with you, Michele, and your family. Your mom is with the Lord now and may you find peace knowing that. The wonderful memories you have with your beautiful mother will live on forever. ♡♡

    Keith & Christine Willis | February 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM
  18. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I was very saddend to hear that she had passed. I missed Clara she was a very beautiful person inside and out. It was a true honor getting to know her and your family.

    Carmen Lemus | February 12, 2016 at 4:57 PM
  19. All of us who knew Clara come up with the same phrases describing what she was to us – beautiful (inside and out) – loving, kind, interested always in others, enjoyable to be with over a cup or coffee or at a school function – a second mother to our son. I am so thankful for having known her, and to her children, grandchildren, and family, my sympathy for your loss.

    Shirley Pritchard | February 12, 2016 at 4:03 PM
  20. Dear John, Mike, Michelle, Mark and family,

    My parents were close friends of John and Clara Gatti. I have many fond memories of growing up in Stenning Hills!
    Besides her kindness and compassion, “Aunt Clara” will be remembered as a timeless beauty. She is in heaven now with John Sr and many friends.
    Tim Husband

    Tim Husband | February 12, 2016 at 2:49 PM
  21. What a beautiful picture of Clara Gatti, it totally captures her essence. John, Michael, Michele and Mark, I have so many good memories of growing up across the street from the Gatti family. I hope that wonderful memories sustain you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Karen Williams

    Karen Williams | February 12, 2016 at 2:19 PM
  22. When i worked at Brandywine Senior Living i saw her Everyday and she would talk to me and ask about Doug Stirling and all the people from Kennett Square if they were being good and she asked how my Mom was doing Everyday

    Michael S Ruoss Sr | February 12, 2016 at 2:12 PM
  23. What a lovely, special lady. I was privileged to work with Clara in the Kennett Schools where she always offered support and praise for our musical endeavors with the children. My deepest condolences to the family.

    Karen Markey | February 12, 2016 at 1:36 PM
  24. She was one of my favorite people when I worked at the high school. My condolences go out to all of the family, but especial to Mark, my former student.

    Nancy Torres | February 12, 2016 at 10:17 AM
  25. My sincere condolences to the family. I have so many beautiful memories of your mother. She always had a kind word for me when I was in school. Then I moved to Scarlett Ave. when I married and she remembered me. She would always stop and speak to us when we worked in our yard. May your family find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of your beautiful mother. Jennifer Smith Ankney

    Jennifer Ankney | February 12, 2016 at 9:53 AM
  26. So sorry for the loss of your mother. Your mother and I worked together at Lang and I was sad when she went to the High School. Clara was such a wonderful person and friend. I am so lucky to have known her as part of my life. May she rest in peace, Elaine Fiore

    Elaine Fiore | February 12, 2016 at 9:13 AM
  27. You all have to wonderful memories of your mother, as she was a kind and caring person. It was a pleasure to know her and work with her at Kennett. She had wonderful children who also carried her kindness. You all will be in my prayers.

    Arlene Schock | February 12, 2016 at 8:57 AM
  28. My condolences to the Gatti family. What a class person who always had a wonderful smile. My mother would say ” Clara is beautiful both inside and out.”
    Kevin Kendig

    Kevin Kendig | February 12, 2016 at 6:40 AM
  29. Love all of you! So blessed to have such a wonderful, beautiful mother for as long as you did. She touched me with her kindness! 😢

    Diane Leonzis | February 12, 2016 at 12:54 AM
  30. I have fond memories of going to the Gatti household on scarlet ave. Mrs Gatti was always kind and gracious and would always take time for the children/ kids.The Reagan family send our scincere condolences to John, Mike, Michele and Mark and entire Gatti family.

    Steve Reagan | February 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM
  31. So sorry for your loss Michele, Mike, John and Mark and families. Clara was a true lady in every sense of word. I always loved visiting with her. She will be dearly missed. God bless and love to all, Jeannie(Regina) Fieni Lafferty

    Regina Lafferty | February 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM
  32. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Clara has left you a legacy. Please accept my condolences.

    Ed Lesnick - Kennett High School, 1967-1997 | February 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM
  33. Mark, John, Mike and Michele,
    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. What a very special woman Clara was and will continue to be as she lives on in your hearts!
    Peace to you from the Optum Palliative and Hospice Team

    Melissa Welch | February 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM
  34. Very sorry for your loss.

    Steven Bertrando | February 11, 2016 at 8:03 PM
  35. Happy memories of all of the Gatti family. Born and raised in Kennett, I also have great memories of Michele and Mike in school. Always a treat to see your Mom. Although I’ve lived in Georgia for over 30 years, my heart remains in Kennett. I hope you will find comfort knowing what a beautiful family you are and how blessed were so many of us who knew your Mom.

    Lynn (Donohoe) Jamieson | February 11, 2016 at 8:01 PM
  36. To the Gatti family, Sending prayers and wishing you peace in this time of immense grief. Extending heartfelt sympathy. May the memories of your Mother fill your days ahead. Much Love

    Maryetta Crosson | February 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM
  37. Mark, John, Michele and Michael, Your mom was one of the most wonderful, beautiful persons I ever had the joy of working with. I totally enjoy being with her in the middle school from the first day I started working till her retirement. I also enjoyed having lunch with her and our friends many times when we all retired. You have lost a great mom and me a great friend. She surely has won her reward in the Lord. We have one more soul looking out for us in heaven. I cannot make the service as I am taking care of my 90 yr old mom in up state PA. Your mom always would ask about mine. The impression your mom make on all who knew her will stay with us forever. A life WELL lived.

    Joe Gabuzda | February 11, 2016 at 7:51 PM
  38. Clara was such a beautiful person, and she was so inspirational to those of us who were blessed to have known her. Fond memories of her, John, and the family growing up on Scarlett Avenue. She will be missed by all , and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
    Tom Brown

    Tom Brown | February 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM
  39. Such a beautiful lady with such a gentle soul.

    beth | February 11, 2016 at 5:16 PM
  40. My condolences to the family. Mrs. Gatti was a wonderful neighbor for many years. She always had a smile and warm greeting when I walked by her house. May she enjoy eternal peace in the arms of Jesus.

    Doug Stirling | February 11, 2016 at 5:02 PM
  41. A beautiful and wonderful woman.

    Rick Nelms | February 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM
  42. What a beautiful picture! John, Mike, Michele, and Mark – I will always remember our good times growing up together on Scarlett Avenue, and your mother was a big part of those happy memories. I pray that you all find peace as you journey through this difficult time.

    Kathy (Brown) Gebhart | February 11, 2016 at 11:59 AM
  43. My sincere condolences to the whole family. Fond, fond memories of the whole family growing up in Stenning Hills.
    May warm and happy memories bring some solace to all who mourn her loss.
    Joe Donohoe

    Joe Donohoe | February 11, 2016 at 11:35 AM

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