February 6, 1931 – September 11, 2019
DOMENIC PORETTA, 88, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2019 at St. Joseph's hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Domenic was born on February 6, 1931 in 50 Camp, Kansas, the son of John and Teresa Poretta. He was a graduate of Arma High School, Pittsburg State University, and Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana. At Pittsburg State, he played football during the 1949-1951 seasons. He was a member of the 1951 team which went unscored upon for 6 consecutive games. On February 12, 1955, Domenic married Dorothy Dean McLeod in Mulberry, Kansas. She preceded him in death on February 12, 2015. Domenic worked in the manufacturing field at General Motors, Ford, Western Electric and AT&T, in the management and quality engineering areas. He retired from AT&T after 30 years. In his free time, he enjoyed traveling to visit family in Italy with his beloved late wife, Dorothy, fishing, hunting, and tennis. But his true passion was duplicate bridge. Survivors include his daughter, Lynn Poretta, son-in-law, Brian Herbel, grandsons Grant and Blake, his sisters Kay Mahanes and JoAnn Fikes, and their families, many cousins in Torino and Vauda, Italy, and his special friend Leona Boutrous.
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 5, 2019
George (Gary) Moorshead
October 3, 2019
Dom was a good friend. I worked many years with him at Western Electric/AT&T in Lees Summit. He was my Quality Control Engineer and was very Professional with determining Sampling Sizes, Probabilities, etc.
Dom was Professional but at the same time he was always trying to uplift everyone with some humor. I remember his "funny" saying of I'll cut you three ways: Long, Deep, and Frequent and then everyone laughing. Also, I'm reminded of the time his Chevy car rolled over 100k miles. He pulled off the highway onto the shoulder and broke out a bottle of wine (maybe home made?) to share with his riders (I believe it was Ed Maxey, Jack Sneddon, and maybe others)! That generated some laughter too. That reminds me also about him talking about making homemade wine and the stomping of grapes barefooted. I didn't observe that process but he had the ability to cause us to create that image in our minds. Dom shared with us about planting some special beans from the old country. Apparently he saved seeds and planted them year-after-year (I wished I had obtained a sample of his beans)!! Dom was proud of his family and his Italian heritage. He was a very likeable personality and friendly to everyone on his Team at work. I attended his wife's Memorial some years ago and was unaware of his illness until jolted by the notice of his passing. He will be missed! Unfortunately I will probably not be able to attend his Memorial due to a prior appointment with a construction contractor out of town.
By: Geo. Gary Moorshead