Lawrence Gattorna

Lawrence Gattorna, 91, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Thursday, January 19th,  2023.


Lawrence was born May 13th, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Lawrence and Marguerite (Bach) Gattorna.


On August 20th, 1983, Lawrence married Alberta (Sappenfield) Alexander who survives along with their children, John (Lori) Gattorna of Morton Grove, Illinois, Steven (Pam) Gattorna of Arlington, Texas, John (Maureen) Alexander of Granger, Indiana, Faith (Brad) Faus of Walkerton, Indiana, Mark Alexander of South Bend, Indiana; 14 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a sister, Marylyn Salmi of Florida; and a brother, Jerry (Chistine) Gattorna of North Las Vegas, Nevada. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenny Gattorna. 


Lawrence was a District Service Manager with General Motors Cadillac car division. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Saint Peter Church, past president and secretary of the Maple City Lions Club, and served his country as a proud Marine. He was also very proud of his Italian heritage. 


The family thanks Jan, their special angel, and all the doctors and nurses who gave him care. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13th, 2023, at Holy Family Parish, Saint Peter Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Indiana. Family and friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Saint Peter Church prior to the Mass. 


Burial will follow at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in La Porte. 


Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, La Porte, Indiana.


Memorial Contributions may be made to Holy Family Parish, 201 Bach Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350 or Memorials Processing, Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Saint Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.


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