AURORA — Vincent C. LaPorta and Diane E. Keatting LaPorta, both passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 8, 2016, one day short of their 58th wedding anniversary in the town of Ledyard.
Diane, 74, was born in Cheektowaga, the daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy Hammer Keatting and had been an area resident for most of her life. Diane was an accomplished musician and singer, having produced her own record, and she was a member of the band Magic Touch. Singing was her second love behind the joys of her beloved children and grandchildren. She cherished every possible moment with each of them. Diane will be sadly missed, but will continue to live on in their hearts forever.
Vincent, 81, was born in Auburn, the son of the late Gerlondo and Alphonsina Rei LaPorta and had been an area resident his entire life. Vince was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. In his earlier years, Vince was the dog warden for many years in Auburn; a perfect position for Vince, with his extraordinary caring and compassion for any animals. He also was very active for several years in local politics. Vince later owned and operated the former Thirsty Owl bar on State Street for numerous years. Besides his family and animals, Vince’s third love was his beloved New York Mets baseball team.
Both Diane and Vince are survived by their five loving children, Joyce (Jeff) Emmette, of Auburn, Vincent C. LaPorta Jr., of Auburn, Rosemarie (Sean) Murphy, of Aurora, Kathleen (James) Oliver, of Aurora, and Jerry (Jennifer) LaPorta, of Auburn; 12 grandchildren, Jeffrey Jr., Anthony, and Nicholas Emmette, Stephanie Llanos, Marie Romano, Sheri LaPorta, Dale Cuddeback, Michael and Jessica Murphy, Tyler and Eric Oliver, and Joseph LaPorta; seven great-grandchildren; William Stebbins, who was like a son; two surviving sisters for Vince, Rosemary Loperfido and Lena (Norman) Gleason; two surviving brothers for Diane, Robert Keatting, and Harold (Linda) Keatting; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to both sets of parents, Vince and Diane were predeceased by Brian Stebbins, who was like a son; Vince lost two sisters, Mary Mitchell, and Maryanna Adamo, and a brother, Carmen LaPorta.
The calling hours for both Vincent and Diane will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. (today) Sunday at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn.
A Mass of Christian burial for Vince will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Francis of Assisi Church. Diane’s service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday after Vince’s Mass at the Pettigrass Funeral Home. Burial will follow for both in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, following Diane’s service.
Contributions may be made in either Vincent or Diane’s memory to the LaPorta Family Education Fund, c/o Jerry LaPorta, C34 Standart Woods, Auburn, NY 13021.