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Christy P. Gurto

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June 15, 1921 - March 15, 2011

Christy P. Gurto, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a man of Catholic faith went to the Lord on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.  Christy was born June 15, 1921 in Conneaut, Ohio he was the son of Peter and Mary (DelVecchio) Gurto.

A man whose greatest love was his family who will miss him dearly,  the love of his life, his wife of 64 years Margaret (Peggy) Harkabus Gurto, his adoring daughters and sons-in-law  Diane & Barry Vorse of Jacksonville, FL, Lynne & Henry Quartullo, of West Palm Beach, FL,  and Michele & Michael DeLong of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, his beloved grandchildren Alan & Shannon Vorse of Bloomington, MN, Steven Veil of Orlando, FL, Lauren Veil of PBG, FL, James DeLong of California & Jared DeLong of Georgia, brother & sister in law Pat & Gayle Gurto, sister Florence Lewis of Conneaut, sister in law Joanne Cummins Fox of Georgia, and many nieces, nephews,  great nieces and great nephews.

Christy was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Mary Gurto, and nine brothers and sisters, James, Anthony, Frank and Joseph Gurto, Rose Speer, Mary Moneypenny, Sue Petrovski  and two infant sisters.

A man of our nation's Greatest Generation who served his country in the  U.S. Army in the Aleutians Campaign and saw action at Dutch Harbor and Kiska.  An electrician by trade, he helped build Mother Cabrini Catholic Church and the Veterans Memorial Wall in front of Conneaut City Hall.  He moved his family to Florida in 1966 and became a small business owner of motels and dry cleaning establishments.

A man who believed in serving others as an usher at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, past Faithful Navigator of Knights of Columbus Father Andrew Doherty Assembly, past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 2075, Trustee of Knights of Columbus Council 4999, a life member of the American Legion Post 12 in WPB and Cowle Post 151 in Conneaut, Ohio.

A man who helped his community especially the children through his dedicated service to the Hope Rural School in Indiantown and R.J. Hendley Christian School in Riviera Beach,  FL and helping the needy by volunteering daily by picking up and  delivering food to the St. George's Soup Kitchen.  He touched the lives of all those who were fortunate to have known him.

The family received friends at the Quattlebaum Funeral Home, WPB on Friday, March 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.  A celebration of his life and Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Palm Beach Gardens.  Burial with full military honors immediately followed at Royal Palm Garden Cemetery.

To continue his charitable work, the family suggests that donations be made in his memory to Hope Rural School,  15929 SW 150th Street, Indiantown, FL 34956 or the  R. J. Hendley Christian School, 2800 Avenue R , Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

Let this be his epitaph that he spent his life helping the poor, the needy and the less fortunate. He now goes to his final reward leaving a legacy of good works and charitable deeds. A long life well lived.

View obituary and sign the guestbook at www.raisianfuneralhome.com


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