Vito M. Portanova, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great- grandfather and friend was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 24, 2013.
Vito was born June 3, 1920 in Boston, Mass., to Vito M. and Josephine Portanova. Much of his youth was spent in Boston until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1940. In 1944 while stationed in San Diego, California, he met the love of his life, Vera Eckert of Midland, S.D. They were married May 14, 1944, and shared 69 years of love together.