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.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 23, 2009.