John J. Gamba
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GAMBA Reverend John J. Gamba, passed away November 21, 2009, at Doylestown Health Care Center, Doylestown, Ohio. The son of Marco and Natalina (Mantelli) Gamba, Fr. Gamba was born October 30, 1916 in Vettica Minori, Amalfi, Italy. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Maria Rotondo. Fr. Gamba attended high school and college seminary in Albenga, Genoa and major seminary in Taulignan, France and Arezzo, Italy. He was ordained to the priesthood July 12, 1942, by the Most Reverend Emmanuel Mignone for service in the Arezzo-Trieste Diocese; he was incardinated into the Diocese of Columbus November 27, 1968. Fr. Gamba's assignments in the Diocese of Columbus included assistant pastor of St. Ladislas, Columbus (1949-50), St. Nicholas, Zanesville (1950-51), St. Mary, Lancaster (1951-54), St. Peter, Columbus (1954-58), Sacred Heart, New Philadelphia (1958-60), Christ the King, Columbus (1960-61); Chaplain at Ohio State University Hospital (1961-69) with residence at St. Margaret of Cortona (1961-62) and Our Lady of Victory (1962-69); pastor of St. Genevieve, Calmoutier and chaplain of Apple Creek State Institute from 1970 until his retirement in 1985. He lived in Doylestown, Ohio throughout his retirement, assisting at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Calling hours will be Monday, November 23 at SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH, 161 W. CLINTON STREET, DOYLESTOWN from 3-7 p.m., beginning with vespers at 3 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Bishop James A. Griffin will be the principal celebrant. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Lockbourne, Ohio. Arrangements by Zak-Thacker-Monbarrow Funeral Home, Doylestown, Ohio, 330-658-2211. Local arrangements by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. BROAD ST.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 23, 2009.
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November 24, 2009
The school children and I met Father Gamba last year during our Halloween Parade to the Nursing Home. He was gentle, kind, and welcoming. We enjoyed our visit with him. He answered God's call and was an inspiration to all. We offer our condolences and prayers as he joins our heavenly Father in life everlasting.
Mrs. Yaussy, Principal at Sts. Peter and Paul School, Doylestown
Katherine Yaussy
November 24, 2009
I came to know Father Gamba from working at Applecreek Dev. Center. He assisted our Individuals in their knowing God and faith. A caring man. Memories live on. My condolences are with you. Joyce Jamison
November 24, 2009
TO: THE MEMORY OF FATHER GAMBA, I MET YOU MANY YRS AGO @ ACDC YOU WERE A FAITHFUL PART IN THE LIFE OF ONE OF THE MEN I ASSISTED IN TAKING CARE OF, WE DID NOT ALWAYS AGREE,BUT WE GOT ALONG WELL ENOUGH TO MAKE LIFE WORK TILL THE END. YOUR FAITHFULNESS AND TOLORANCE WILL BE MISSED.
DIANNE JOHNSON
November 24, 2009
Father Gamba held my daughter's, son's, and my own life together many years ago...I will never forget him. He was a wonderful man and so very spiritual.
Karen Poling Karvonen
November 23, 2009
Fr. Gamba performed my confirmation as an adult into the Catholic faith, married me and my husband in 1973 and baptized my only child. All the above taking place at St. Genevieves (Calmoutier). He will always be in my heart for he had a hand in all I hold dear.
Jill Rohr
November 23, 2009
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Families and Staff of Egan-Ryan Funeral Home
November 23, 2009
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Zak-Monbarren Funeral Homes
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