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Chelma M. Portaro
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    502 W. 5th Street
    Summerville, SC 29483

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Dear Mike. I just found out yesterday that Chelma had passed. I am deeply sorry for your loss I will never forget the great kindness you,Chelma and your parents showed me the summer I worked as a hostess at your Rivers Avenue location. It has been one of my fondest memories over all these years. I have thought of all of you over these years with graditude. Love, Stephanie (Rabon) Grantham


Posted by: Stephanie Rabon Grantham - Mt. Pleasant, SC   Dec 18, 2019

Mike, Bob and I are so sorry to learn about Chelma'S passing. I know we have lost touch with you but we have always thought of you both with love and the good times we had spent with each other. Bob still talks about Portaros and the fabulous food especially the pizza. He still says it was the best. Our sincere sympathy to you. Wish we had been there to let you know how much we cared for you both. our prayers are with you. I called you and left message will try again soon


Posted by: Bob & Diane Aiello - Arlington Heights, IL   Dec 18, 2019

Chelma was always very kind and cheerful to our family when we visited their restaurant. She and Mike and staff made everyone feel welcomed. Sincere condolences to her family. God bless you.


Posted by: John Drawdy - SUMMERVILLE, SC - Friend   Nov 25, 2019

To MIke,
We are so very sorry for your loss of Chelma. What a joy it was to have known her for all of the years at Portaro's. Her beautiful smile greeted us every time we visited. You both watched our boys grow from toddlers to adults as we shared dinners at Portaro's over the years. We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.


Posted by: Tassie and Steve Bielsky - Charleston, SC   Nov 24, 2019

Many years ago, Mr. Tom let my dear friend Chelma and I use his Buick Park Ave. to go pickup Chelma's Mom who was arriving into Atlanta airport from Scotland. Before departing, my husband, Rick, laughed and said, "You two will never stop talking the whole way to Atlanta." We just laughed with him. However, sure enough, as we were driving west, along I-20, all of a sudden the road sign appeared, reading "Welcome to Alabama!" Feeling somewhat foolish, we

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Posted by: Anne Twigg - Goose Creek, SC - Friend   Nov 24, 2019

It was many years ago that we were stationed in S.C. Goose Creek was a wonderful place and we were well served at the local Pizza place. Being from Glasgow was another good reason to visit and chat with Chelma. A lovely lady who will be missed by many May she Rest in Peace.


Posted by: Rose Mary Danforth - FL - Friend   Nov 23, 2019

I worked for The Portaro's. I always had fun with her. She was the life of the party. My prayers go out to the family.


Posted by: Doug & Jane Hester - Hanahan, SC - Coworker   Nov 22, 2019

We are so very sorry to hear of Chelmas passing.We fondly remember so many good times shared with family and friends while dining at your restaurant.You are in our hearts and prayers.


Posted by: Dale & Carol Munoz - Summerville, SC   Nov 22, 2019

Our condolences to the Portaro family. We have so many loving memories of your family and the restaurant. Ms. Chelma was probably my first crush as a little boy! We have missed and thought about you all and the restaurant often through the years. God bless you all!


Posted by: Chip Torgerson - Greenwood, SC   Nov 21, 2019

It's with great joy to have known Chelma and all the Portaro family.The restaurant was a institution that brought so many people together.A wonderful lady that will not be forgotten.God Bless


Posted by: DeForest Gibbs - Hanahan, SC   Nov 21, 2019