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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...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Stephanie Rabon Grantham - SC

“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...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Bob & Diane Aiello - IL

“Chelma was always very kind and cheerful to our family when we visited their restaurant. She and Mike and staff made everyone feel welcomed. ...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: John Drawdy - SUMMERVILLE, SC

“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...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Tassie and Steve Bielsky - SC

“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...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Anne Twigg - Goose Creek, SC

“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...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Rose Mary Danforth - FL - Friend

“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. ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Doug & Jane Hester - Hanahan, SC

“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...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Dale & Carol Munoz - Summerville, SC

“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...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Chip Torgerson - Greenwood, SC

“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...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: DeForest Gibbs - Hanahan, SC

“Our family loved Mrs. Portaro. We had such good times eating pizza and other delicious food at the restaurant. It was my Daddy's favorite place to...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Cynthia Margiotta - Flat Rock, NC

“Thinking of you Mike with heartfelt sympathy at this very sad time . Beautiful memories of time spent with you & Chelma in your lovely home in South...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Sheila Ireland - Dunoon

“I only knew you for a short period of time but long enough to know you were a very special lady . Rest In Peace my beautiful friend . ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Cathy Gregory - SC - friend

“Dear Mike and all the Family,We are so very sorry for your loss!We know you will be comforted by many fond thoughts of Chelma, and stories folks will...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“Mike and familyPlease accept our condalences for your loss of Chelma. Milton & I were fellow Volunteers at Trident Hospital. We loved her and miss...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Brenda Kelley - Moncks Corner, SC

“Michael and Familyplease accept our condolences for your loss of Chelma. She was such a fine person. Tom Portaro's Restaurant was our favorite in...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Charlie & Carole Szad - Pensacola, FL

“Hi Mike This is Diane Jones, My late sister Theresa Davis, and I loved coming to Portaro's and we both worked at Dorchester Motor lodge and sent alot...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Diane Jones - Goose creek, SC

“Mr. Mike I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers I will never forget you and Mrs Chelma giving me and my brother Vinni a job at...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Dominic Rosato - North Charleston, SC

“Ruby and I are saddened to hear of Chelma's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mike and your family. ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Tom & Ruby LIndsay - Penrose, CO

“Michael and Family:I was very saddened to learn of the passing of your dear wife and mother. Chelma was such a nice person: truly a lovely lady...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: R. Allen Young - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Mr. MikeI can only reiterate the notes sent by Jan Garris Stoots. Ms. Chelma was such a wonderful person and our mother loved her and you. We have...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Lula White - Goose Creek, SC

“To my special Auntie Chelma, thanks for all the memories and all the fun. We will miss you. With all our love Gordon, Julie, Ewan, Freya and Rosie x...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Julie McLean Gilmour - Dunoon

“To my special Auntie Chelma, thanks for all the memories and all the fun. We will miss you. With all our love Gordon, Julie, Ewan, Freya and Rosie x...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Julie McLean Gilmour - Dunoon

“MikeI am so very sorry to hear about Chell, she was a wonderful person. ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Mary (bootie) Romagnano

“Praying for the family. ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: Toni Golden - Hanahan, SC

“Words fail. I'm sorry for your loss. Ms. Chelma (and all of the Tom Portaro family) will remain in my thoughts, prayers and memories. Thank you...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Michael Miller - Hanahan, SC

“Miss Chelma,Much time has passed since we met when I was three. You fed me spaghetti in the restaurant, helped me with my homework, talked about the...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: JAN GARRIS STOOTS - Goose Creek, SC

“Will love and miss you always xxx ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Mclean - Glasgow - Family

“Will miss you always.Beth ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: BETH SANBORN - Summerville, SC


Chelma M. Portaro, 77, of Goose Creek, SC, wife of Michael Portaro entered into eternal rest Monday, November 18, 2019. Her memorial service will be held Friday, November 22, 2019 in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road at 2:30 pm. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until the time of the service.

Chelma was born May 21, 1942 in Glasgow, Scotland daughter of the late William McLean and the late Christine Munro McLean. Chelma was a Hostess and Manager at Tom Portaro's Italian Restaurant. She was a volunteer at Trident Medical Center and a member of Scottish Society. She enjoyed gardening and music.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Portaro of Goose Creek, SC; son, Rick Lee of Sedona, AZ; daughter, Lorraine Brooks (Terry) of Dorchester, SC; brother, William McLean (Caroline) of Scotland; two nieces, Angela McLean of Scotland, Julie Gilmour (Gordon) of Scotland.

A special thanks to Michele Taylor, Kathy Gregory and Beth Sanborn.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Ark, 502 W. 5th Street, Summerville, SC 29483.