WAUKESHA

JoAnn Portz


Oct. 20, 1938 – July 30, 2013


JoAnn Portz of Waukesha died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at her home at the age of 74. She was born Oct. 20, 1938, in West Allis, the daughter of Joseph and Gladys (nee LeMay) Love.

On Sept. 3, 1982, she married Frederick “Fred” Portz at First Baptist Church in Waukesha. She was a longtime member and dedicated volunteer at First Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Waukesha Choral Union, where she was active with the Messiah Creation Project. She was a supporter of the Salvation Army and The Women’s Center and had a passion for gardening, singing, theater and music.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Karelyn (Randal) Beck of North Prairie and Mark (Sheri) Misfeldt of Waukesha; stepson, Thomas J. Portz of Brookfield; her grandchildren, Dustin Wenzel, Jaclyn Beck, Derek Beck, Monique Misfeldt, Marcus Misfeldt, Timothy (Denise) Portz and Joshua Portz; and her great-grandchildren, Macayla, Madelyn and Jack Portz and Tara and Alex Wenzel. She is further survived by her brother, Jack (Doris) Love of New Berlin; sisters, the Rev. Janice Davis of Green Bay, Juanita Gordon of Waukesha and Judith (Richard) Quade of Richland Center; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, on Sept. 3, 2010; daughter, Wendelyn Misfeldt; and granddaughter, Amanda Kay Beck.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at First Presbyterian Church, 810 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. Visitation continues at the church on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10:30 a.m. until the noon services. The Rev. Nicole Farley will preside. A private family burial will be held following the service at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials in JoAnn’s name are appreciated to the Salvation Army, 445 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188; the Waukesha Choral Union-Messiah Creation Project, P.O. Box 495, Waukesha, WI 53187; The Women’s Center, 505 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; or the First Presbyterian Church (address above).

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please contact the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit us at www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute.