Juanita Aviles Portalatín, a long-time resident of Altamonte Springs, Florida, and a native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, passed away peacefully in her sleep and joined our Heavenly Father on the early morning of Friday, April 18, 2014. We are comforted in knowing our Beloved “Juani,” as she was endearingly called, believed in and loved our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we look forward to seeing her again in our own Heavenly Homecoming according to God’s will.
Juanita is survived by her: brother Antonio Dorta; sister Carmen Iris Dorta; sons Juan, Jesus, Richard, Gilbert, and William Portalatín, daughter Cynthia M. Lamb, 11 grand- children, 13 great-grand-children, 2 great-great-grand-children, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan Portalatín (April 16, 1928 – September 27, 1995). She is deeply loved and greatly missed by all who knew her.
Juanita was a strong matriarch for her family. When she was younger, her home was often filled with the sounds of music, laughter, domino games, and large gatherings of family and friends enjoying delicious Caribbean food and “Café con Leche.” She had a great love for her children, her children’s children, and the children of others as evidenced in her service as a foster parent in New York and Florida. Some of her favorite pastimes included sewing, Bingo, fill-in puzzles, and watching her favorite action actor, Chuck Norris and the “Sabado Gigante” variety show on television. She traveled quite a bit with her husband, Juan, whom she affectionately called “Nito”, and lived in various states to include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the territory of Puerto Rico, and finally settling in Florida in the late 1980’s. In her later years, she lived a quiet life in Central Florida with her youngest son, William.
We are grateful for your presence, all of your prayers, kind words, and sentiments.
Services: Saturday, April 26, at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, (viewing at 11am and Memorial Service at noon). Interment: 1:30pm at Orlando Memorial Gardens.