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Porto's Bakery and Cafe founder dies at 89

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Posted at 10:06 AM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-15 13:08:32-05

LOS ANGELES (KGTV) -- Porto’s Bakery and Cafe founder Rosa Porto died Friday at the age of 89, the business confirmed in a Facebook post.

The founder of the popular Southern California bakery passed away peacefully Friday with her husband by her side, the company said.

According to KABC, Rosa launched Porto’s Bakery after escaping to the United States from Cuba.

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The business started out of Rosa’s kitchen and later made the move to Echo Park.

Read the full statement from Porto’s below:

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of ‪‪Porto’s Bakery founder and Porto family matriarch, Rosa Porto. She passed peacefully yesterday at the age of 89 surrounded by her loving husband and family.

Rosa was an incredible woman who started Porto’s humbly from her home kitchen selling cakes and pastries to friends and family while simultaneously being an extraordinary wife and mother to her three children. Later, when in her late 60’s, Rosa stepped back from the family business she had started to focus her love and passion on raising her seven grandchildren. There was no greater sense of joy and pride for Rosa than her grandchildren and soon to be great grandchild.

To all of our family, friends, and guests from across our communities: though there are no words that can convey our sadness at this time, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the love and kindness you have shown us throughout the years.