HAMILTON, MT. - Denise Berasi Gaytko, 56, formerly of Canfield, Ohio passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Marcus Daly Hospice Care Center in Hamilton, Montana with her husband John at her side.
Denise fought a valiant fight with pancreatic cancer for over a year with John as her loving caregiver.
Denise was born March 26, 1956 in Youngstown, the daughter of Angelo and Mary Louise (Vennetti) Berasi. She graduated from Boardman High School and attended Youngstown State University studying criminal law.
She worked as a deputy clerk at the Boardman Court House. An avid lover of animals, Denise also worked as a dog groomer for a local vet in Canfield, Ohio.
Denise married John Gaytko on July 19, 1986. They often visited her brother Bob in Salmon, Idaho and fell in love with the mountains and rivers in the west. When John retired they settled in Idaho for a number of years.
They enjoyed being an active part of the community involved with a volunteer fire unit and the Salmon River Clean up. As they traveled in their motor coach, Denise and John shared a mutual love of nature and adventure exploring and volunteering as camp hosts in several of the U.S. State Parks out west.
Denise is survived by her husband of 26 years, John Gaytko; two brothers, Larry Berasi of Canfield and Robert (Amy) Berasi of Salmon, ID; and her sister, Noreen (Herb) Musser of New Middletown.
She enjoyed the company of her nieces and nephews and was dearly loved by them.
A memorial with John and Denise's families and friends will take place at a later date in Youngstown, Ohio upon John's return for a family wedding. Denise's family wishes to express gratitude to many of the Hamilton residents who provided love and support during Denise's illness. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com and also by visiting the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com.
"I will feel the sun, touch the sand, and smell the sea and in the mountains that's where I'll be."