August 4, 1906 ~ June 15, 2007
ROCHESTER: June 15, 2007 peacefully departed at age 101. Predeceased by his wife, Jeannette(Hays) and son, Anthony H. Survived by devoted daughter, Maria Christine Gratto Cohen of Cambridge, MA and loving family; sisters, Anne(Walter)Martin and Grace Richey; brother, Frank(Onylee)Gratzer; sister-in-law, Connie, widow of brother Charles; daughter-in-law, Margaret Gratto; grandchildren, Anthony L. Gratto, Sandra G. May, Lisa C. and Sarah L. Cohen; 7 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Born in Pisticci, a small Italian hill town village south of Naples. Tony immigrated to this country with his family in 1913 at age 7. Known for his zest for life and irreverent sense of humor, Tony was retired from the Democrat and Chronicle Advertising Art Department and had been Art Director of Hutchins Advertising Agency in Rochester as well as ad agencies in Buffalo and Cleveland, Ohio. Tony began his art career drawing cartoons for newspapers in NYC, Rochester and Buffalo. Family and friends are invited to Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Rd., Friday, June 22 at 11AM with a Celebration of Life Service at Noon. Burial, Riverside Cemetery, 2650 Lake Ave. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to EISEP(Expanded In Home Services for the Elderly Program) or Meals on Wheels. Assistance from both these programs enabled Mr. Gratto to live with dignity and independently in his home until he was over 100 years old.