Charles Porta

Charles Porta

Friday, January 29th, 1926 Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

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Obituary for Charles Joseph Porta

Iron Mountain-Charles Joseph Porta, 93, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the University of Minnesota Hospital with his daughter, Melissa, and son-in-law, Greg McAllister, on either side of his bed.

He was born January 29, 1926, the youngest of 14 children to Italian immigrants Carlo and Clara Porta. He grew up on the family farm in Randville, Michigan, attended Channing High School, and graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1944.

While still in high school, he enlisted in the US Navy. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he entered the Navy. Charlie proudly served our country in World War II, primarily on the island of New Guinea and elsewhere in the South Pacific. At the age of 90, he was recognized for his service with a World War II Honor Flight to Washington D.C. accompanied by Melissa.

On September 16, 1950, Charlie married Therese at Saint Mary and Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Throughout his life, Charlie enjoyed many hobbies including archery, hunting, fishing, golf, and hiking. He owned a hunting camp near Channing, the 32.30 Gun Club, and hunted deer there every year with friends from Detroit. After selling the camp, he spent every summer week-end with his family at their cottage on Buck Lake, near Alpha, Mich.

After his retirement from Grede Foundries, Charlie and Therese moved to Sun City, Arizona where they enjoyed a very active retirement together with many new friends. In his 70s, Charlie enjoyed golf, wood working, and hiking in the Arizona mountains. He hiked the Grand Canyon multiple times, including a multi-day rim to rim trip in his mid-70s that took him from the north rim of the canyon, to Phantom Ranch at the bottom, and out the south rim. He enjoyed a camping and fishing trip from Canada to Alaska with his friend, Merv Nielsen. In his 80s, Charlie continued fishing, and in his 90s enjoyed playing poker and bridge and visiting with his many friends. He volunteered his time at Boswell Hospital and the Westside Food Bank. He was a member of Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Sun City.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Porta, and son-in-law, Greg McAllister, of Woodbury, Minn., and many nephews, nieces, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Therese, on their 61st wedding anniversary; his parents; brothers Francis, Joseph, Louis, John, Pietro, and Robert; and sisters Theresa, Charlotte, Emily, Johanna, Olympia, Lorraine, and Judith.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, Mich. The Rosary will be offered Thursday, 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Prayers will be recited Friday, April 12, 2019 at 9:30 the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church, Iron Mountain. Rev. Fr. Janusz Romanek will officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery Park. The Uren Copper Johnson American Legion Post #50 will accord military honors at graveside.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Jacobs Funeral Home- Iron Mountain
    1025 Carpenter Avenue
    Iron Mountain, Michigan
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    Thursday, April 11th, 2019
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    The Rosary will be offered at 4:30 p.m.
  • Service

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church
    300 West A Street
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    Friday, April 12th, 2019
    Prayers will be recited Friday, at 9:30 a.m., at the funeral home, before going to church.
    Rev. Fr. Janusz Romanek
  • Interment

    Cemetery Park
    Cedar Avenue
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Shirley Worden

Dear Melissa and Greg,
I met Charlie when he was a resident at Palos Verdes Senior Living, where my mother, Gina Mangiapane, still resides. He always had interesting stories to tell about growing up in a large Italian family in Iron Mountain, his work at the foundry and hiking the Grand Canyon. He was so very proud of you and your husband and your accomplishments. He was such a gentleman and a good neighbor to my mother. I’m glad we got to know him. Take comfort in knowing he’s at peace and in a better place. May all your happy memories remain with you forever.
Shirley Worden and Gina Mangiapane
Comment | Posted at 11:39pm via Condolence

Orice Walters

Dear Mellisa, Greg and all the Porta nieces and nephews,
My sister Marge Nelson and I had hoped to get to the Visitation for Charlie today, but of course the Spring snow etc. is keeping us from traveling. Our sympathy to you and all who were a part of this great guys life. Charlie was blessed to be the youngest child and sibling of a wonderful family. The Theisen family was very much a part of all their lives too. We were privileged to be both friends and neighbors as children and as adults, sharing so much over these many years. Our deep and sincere sympathy as you grieve your loss. Share and keep the happy memories of a life well lived here on earth. But find comfort knowing Charlie has already been welcomed into his eternal home prepared for him... and Jesus says, "Welcome home Charlie." Our love and prayers are with you.
Orice (Theisen) Walters on behalf of Theisen siblings.
Comment | Posted at 05:27pm via Condolence

Dahly Bosley

Dear Melissa & Greg,
Sorry to hear of Charlie's passing away. Will be unable to express my sympathy in person. We were neighbors when your family lived on West A Street in Iron Mountain. I wanted to let you know that I am keeping you in my prayers.

Dahly Bosley & Family
Comment | Posted at 04:28pm via Condolence

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