GERTRUDE ROSALIE VANDEBOE PORTO

Obituary for GERTRUDE ROSALIE VANDEBOE PORTO

ON THE AFTERNOON OF MARCH 1, 2019, GERTRUDE ROSALIE VANDEBOE PORTO PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY IN HER SLEEP. SHE WAS 87 YEARS OLD, SHE WAS SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND BY THE STAFF OF SAVANNAH COURT OF BRANDON, FLORIDA THE PLACE SHE HAD RESIDED FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS OF HER LIFE.

MRS. GERTRUDE “NANNY” ROSALIE (VANDEBOE) PORTO, BORN ON AUGUST 3, 1931 IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, TO THE LATE MARY AND CHARLES VANDEBOE. GERTRUDE WAS THE WIFE OF THE LATE JOE PORTO, AND SPENT 22 OF THE 35 YEARS THEY WERE MARRIED TRAVELING THE WORLD WITH HIM AS HE PROUDLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. Losing your mom at any age is crippling, it’s a loss like no other. In many ways when we lost her we lost a part of ourselves, it feels like losing the anchor to our identity. Her spirit is carried on thru her family.

SHE IS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER LITTLE SISTER AND BEST FRIEND, LINDA (BOB) KELLY.

SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER SON, DAVID (BONNIE) PORTO; DAUGHTERS, ANGELA PORTO, ELAINE (LARRY) COPELAND, AND AMANDA (ANDY) KLODAKIS; SON-IN-LAW CARLOS M. DIAZ, DAUGHTER-IN-LAW ELIN (JACK) VAETH; BROTHERS, CHARLES “BUCKY” (MARGE) VANDEBOE AND FRANKIE (SHARON) VANDEBOE; GRANDCHILDREN, CARLOS “BUBBY” (KATHLEEN) DIAZ, HEATHER “SISSY” (VICTOR) GONZALEZ, MATTHEW DAVID PORTO, BRYAN (JENNIFER) COPELAND, MICHELLE (JASON) STENGER, DR. MARC D. (ANNE) COPELAND, AND ALEANA (GREGORY) CONROY; AND 13 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, ANGELICA, ANTONIO, CARLOS III, CHRISTIAN, ELLA, EVA, JACK, JOSHUA, LENNON, MARK, MATTHEW, RACHEAL, AND OLIVIA ROSE. OTHER THAN HER FAMILY SHE LOVED OLD MOVIES, MUSIC AND SWEETS. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES.

THOSE WHO WISH MAY DONATE IN GERTRUDE’S NAME TO FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALIST FOUNDATION “IN MEMORY OF GERTRUDE PORTO”.

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