Vito M. Portanova__________________________
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.
Upon completion of his 20-year military career and subsequent retirement from Point Mugu in 1960, Vito and his family settled in Oxnard, Calif., where he spent the next 25 years of civilian life working for ABEX Corporation.
For many years, both as an active member at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Oxnard and later Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo, Vito could be found serving his faith as an usher during Sunday services. Coupled with his church involvement, and since 1959, he was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 750.
Sports also provided a favorite pastime that included being a league bowler, runner, golfer and swimmer. Saturday afternoon would find him a devoted fan of college football or eagerly planning his next trip to Las Vegas. Most of all, the greatest source of joy and passion in Vito’s life was the love of his family and friends.
Moving to Camarillo, Calif., in 1992, Vito continued being active in sports by competing in senior games and winning many medals. Always enjoying life to the fullest and never worrying about tomorrow, he was a man of integrity, wisdom, and love who will be truly missed by all who are fortunate to have known him.
Vito was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife, Vera; daughter, JoAnn Catalano (Wayne) of Camarillo; sons, Michael J. (Peggy) of Tehachapi, Calif., Mark A., Post Falls, Idaho, and Guy J. (Cindy) Portanova of Caliente, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Padre Serra Catholic Church, Camarillo.