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Doris Virginia Porta


Doris V. Porta age 87 of Port Richey, FL and formerly of Wayne passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2017 while receiving the loving care of her family.

Doris was born and raised in Wayne. Immediately after graduating High School, she earned a clerical position at Haband in Wayne. She worked there for a short time and then while attending a square dance at a hall in Totowa, she danced with a handsome young man named Eugene Porta. It turned out that they lived a very short distance from one another. They danced together and hit it off great. They dated for a couple of years and as fate would have they fell in love, were married on August 4th, 1951 at Mt. View Methodist Church in Wayne and honeymooned at The Fernwood Resort located in the Poconos.

After getting married, Eugene and Doris settled in Wayne and called it their home for the rest of their lives together. This is also where they would also raise their two children, Debra and Robert. Shortly after the birth of their first child, Doris took on the daunting but rewarding task of a homemaker. She dedicated herself to caring and nurturing her family. In 1981 tragedy struck Doris’ life when her son Robert passed away unexpectedly in an automobile accident. Although Doris was a strong woman and dedicated to her faith, she never really recovered from the loss of her only son. Shortly after her son passed away, Doris lost her true love Eugene in 1982. Doris and Eugene were able to cherish thirty years of loving and loyal marriage. Doris eventually went back to work after her children had grown. She worked odd jobs and in school cafeterias and also at Meyer Brothers Department Store in Paterson.

One of Doris’ passions was dancing, she loved to dance and was great at it, whether it was the Jitterbug or Disco Dancing at various clubs in the area. She was also a wonderful tap dancer, as a youth she danced the Mandy dance at various minstrel shows with her Sister Gloria. Doris never lost her love of music and dancing.

Doris could have been a professional seamstress, she made her own wedding gown as well as her daughters! She was also a dog lover all her life, and she always had a dog and treated it as a member of her family. Sometime after her husband’s passing she reconnected with an old friend of the family named Richard Riedel. They reacquainted and became companions up until Richard’s passing in 2005. In 2007, Doris moved to Florida for the warm weather she had always cared for, but mostly to be near to her only daughter Debra.

Doris was an extraordinary person, “like an Angel”, her family remembers. She was loving, caring and always had her door open to anyone that needed help. She was the kind of person that everyone seemed to like, she was sassy and was always the best dressed person in the room. Aside from all of Doris’ interests, talents and hobbies, nothing was more important and there was no greater passion than her family. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Doris touched the lives of many people and will be sincerely missed by all who knew her.

Doris is survived by her sister, Gloria Post and her husband Robert of Wayne, her loving daughter, Debra Stockland and her husband Roy of Port Richey, FL, nephew Eugene Porta of Bloomingdale, three grandchildren; Danny and his wife Tammy of Hudson, FL, Michael and his wife Connie Jefferson Twp, PA, and Kristin of Port Richey, FL and five great grandchildren; Destiny, Dakota, Dusty all of Jefferson Twp, PA, and Samuel and Nicholas both of Hudson, FL, and she is also survived by her dog and best friend Patches. She was predeceased by her only son Robert Porta in 1981 and her husband Eugene Porta in 1982.

Friends may visit with the family on Monday October 30, 2017 from 4-8PM at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470. Funeral services will be held at 10AM on Tuesday October 31, 2017 at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.

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My heart goes out to your entire family and my prayers are with you all during this time, Doris was a great person, neighbor and friend and I will miss her dearly.

Paula Neri


My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

Patricia Miller Levine

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