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Anthony F. Portfilio of Wheatfield, NY, passed peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY. He was born in Meadville, PA on November 12, 1933, the son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Damico) Portfilio.
Mr. Portfilio graduated from Meadville High School and Gannon University in Erie, PA. Anthony later received his Master's of Science from the University of Buffalo. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War as a Hospital Corpsman.
In 1961, he moved to Sanborn, where he started his family and teaching career. He taught Science and Health at Payne Junior High School in North Tonawanda, before his retirement in 1990. Additionally, he served as a US Immigration officer from 1967 until retiring in 1995. Mr. Portfilio was a member of the Tri Community Ambulance Services and the Knights of Columbus. His grandchildren and great grandchildren always brought a smile to his face. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed boating, fishing, and hunting. He loved cooking, and gardening was his forte.
Mr. Portfilio is survived by his children, Joseph, Mary Elizabeth (Louis) Knotts, Anthony Paul, Paul Jerome (Renee), and Stephanie (Jeffrey) Moore; his grandchildren, Douglas (Kelly) Knotts, Sarah (Brandon) Leone, and Emma Knotts, Jack and Abigail Portfilio, Giuseppe Portfilio, Julia, Joshua, Matthew, and Jonathon Moore; and his great-grandchildren, Molly and Bradley Knotts, and Ava Grace Leone. Mr. Portfilio is also survived by his former wife, Helen (Prusnak) Portfilio; two sisters, Frances (late Donald) Hatheway and Christine (Larry) Kowalski; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 'Butch', as he was referred to by many, was the brother of the late Maryann Feltenberger and Ernestine Paulson.
Funeral services with Military Honors will be held Friday at 11:00 AM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, SANBORN, NY. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter.
Visit rhoneyfuneralhome.com for guest register.
Published on March 21, 2017
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