Joseph Gatteri – Age 82, a lifelong resident of Northville, passed away December 25, 2012. He was born on May 21, 1930 in Farmington; son of Joseph and Dominica (Turina) Gatteri. Joseph was united in marriage to Margaret I. Marshall on April 29, 1950; they spent 62 loving years together. He proudly served his country with the Army during the Korean War. Joseph’s life revolved around horse racing. He was a Harness Horse Owner/Trainer/Driver at all of the area racetracks; including, Northville Downs, DRC, and Hazel Park. He was a life member of the Michigan Harness Horseman, as well as a life member of American Legion Post 147. He enjoyed baseball and coached his daughter’s softball team, Gatteri’s Trotters. He was a loving and caring husband and a devoted father.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Gayle Gatteri, Jodie (Tim) Dempsey, Sandra (the late Todd) Plave, Joseph Gatteri III, and Jim (Shirley) Gatteri; his sister Jennie Bertera; and his grandchildren, David (Christina), Pete, Amy, TJ, Chad, Jimmy, Adam, Sara, Tyler, Ashley, Brittney (Alvin), and Holly; and 8 great grandchildren. He was also loved by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 28, 2012 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 1 p.m., with visitation beginning 11 a.m. at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 West Dunlap, Northville.