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Vincenza Rosa LaPorta

March 26, 1919 ~ August 7, 2020 (age 101)

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Vincenza Rosa Vigliotti LaPorta passed away peacefully in the arms of the Lord at the Firemen’s Home Hudson, Friday, August 7th.


Vee was born in Eastchester, NY, March 26, 1919 to Angelo and Maria Rosa (Modestino) Vigliotti by whom she was predeceased.


Vee was the fifth of twelve children in the family. Her siblings were: Sabatillo, America, Carmine, Allesandrina, Antionette, Domenico, Rocco, Nicodimo, Rosa, Giovanna, and Luigi. Vee’s dad passed suddenly when she was just 16 and after that tragedy everything changed, she said. All the children worked hard to do their part. Vee worked for a grocery market after school and she enjoyed sharing stories with anyone who would care to listen about many lessons taken away from those years, particularly how to save and manage a business. 


Vee married the love of her life, Anthony LaPorta Jr and together they established the Midland Garage, Tuckahoe, NY. They founded the Westchester Antique Automobile Association and were members of the Westchester Fire Dept. where they met their lifelong friends Marge and Art Ecklond and their three daughters: Carol, Susan, and Helen.  


The LaPorta Family made memories during summer vacations at Bash Bish Falls campgrounds. These times in the country became tradition and led Vee and Tony to move to Copake in 1955. The couple restored their home and built a handsome Sunoco gas station automotive Repair Shop. In business they made their mark on the community quickly as they become known for their invitations for pasta dinner. There was always a crowd for dinner and always enough for one more customer to try mama’s meatballs! A 2 bay manual car wash was added to the shop and that sustained Vee with work and many loyal customers for years to come. Vee enjoyed working alongside Tony for more than sixty years until his passing, and together they shared enough stories, about their camping trips, the move to the country, attempts at farming, maple syruping, the many interesting friends they grew to love and life in the shop, to fill volumes. Vee kept the shop going well into her 9th decade.


When asked, Vee would say she loved her family dearly but was most proud of being an “American” citizen and her right to vote. Vee was a devoted wife and mother. She was a 50 year member of the Copake Fire Company Auxiliary, a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church and she was a volunteer for veterans. 


Vee was predeceased by her husband Anthony Jr and son Joseph.


She is survived by her children Diane (Don Shadic), Anthony III (Janice Creely), Mrs. Joseph (Charlene Ryan), Robert (Jeane Antonich). Grandchildren: Donna Shadic Smith, Michael Shadic (Michelle Bowley), Anne Shadic (Howard Candee), Candice Dean (Kirk Jones), Pam Dean (David Merritt) , Kimberly Dean (Scott Keough), Robert LaPorta Jr.(Michele Fiorillo), Larra LaPorta (Frank Agate), Michael Anthony LaPorta (Erina Warner), Douglass LaPorta (Jeannine Kiebart), Nicholas LaPorta, Amanda Grant. Great Grandchildren: Luc Smith, Kalen Smith, Dalton Smith, Matthew Shadic, Avery Merritt, Jessica Keough, Josh Keough, Kyle Keough, Austen Scavullo, Julianna Scavullo, John George LaPorta, Lianna Marie Agate, Sarah Evelyn Agate, Elizabeth Candee, Tasha Candee, Antonio LaPorta, Isabella LaPorta, Dominic LaPorta, Breanna LaPorta, Anthony James LaPorta, Bobby Grant, Jaxon Grant. Great-great grandchildren: Tae and Kylee and many more nieces, nephews, and friends whom she loved very much. 


Friends are invited and may call on Wednesday August 12, 2020 from 10 – 11 AM at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake, NY.


Funeral services officiated by Rev. Winston Bath will begin at 11 AM


Interment will follow in Old St. Bridget’s Cemetery.


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August 12, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Peck and Peck Funeral Homes, Inc.
8063 Route 22
Copake, NY 12516

Funeral Service
August 12, 2020

11:00 AM
Peck and Peck Funeral Homes, Inc.
8063 Route 22
Copake, NY 12516

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