Our brother and fellow priest, Father Valentine Gattari, passed on from this life on September 24, 2014, at the age of 86.
Father Gattari was born on April 23, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 5, 1954.
Father Gattari’s many assignments included serving as associate pastor at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Harper Woods; St. Margaret Mary Parish, Detroit; St. Barnabas Parish, Eastpointe; Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Detroit; Visitation Parish, Detroit; chaplain at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township; Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, Mount Clemens; DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit; and as a spiritual director in the Legion of Mary Regia Council of Michigan. In addition, Father Gattari also served as pastor at Annunciation/Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Detroit.
Visitation will take place at SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish Church, 41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights on Friday, September 26 from 2-9 p.m., with a wake service at 7 p.m.
Father Gattari will lie in repose on Saturday, September 27 at SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish Church from 10 a.m. until the celebration of his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.
Father Gattari was predeceased by his parents Henry and Maria and sister Gloria. He is survived by his brother Remo (Rosemarie); brother Gino (Beverly) and many nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent to Mr. Gino Gattari, 42500 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48314.