July 31, 1931 to October 7, 2019
Willem Portena – of Route 1 Monkton, passed away peacefully at Huron Residential Hospice, Clinton on Monday October 7, 2019 at the age of 88. Willem immigrated to Canada in 1988. His greatest passion was his farming and his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Willem was so proud that all of his children followed in his footsteps as dairy farmers. Beloved husband of Aafke (Faber) Portena whom he married in 1959. Loving father of Mike (Theresa) Portena, Bettina (deceased 2018) (Henk) Schuurmans, and Rick (Ingrid) Portena. Special pake of Joanne (Brendan), Gina, Ryan, Marco, Jim (Kate), Tom (Vanessa), Eric (Romy), Lize (Andrew), Emily (Brodie), Carmen (Kiel), Kristen, Rene and great-pake of Ellie and Leni. Fondly remembered by the extended family in the Netherlands. Predeceased by his parents Lykle and Betje (Holkema) Portena. Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Thursday October 10 from 7 - 9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Willem’s life will be held at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 345 Elizabeth Street East, Listowel on Friday October 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Henry Meinen officiating. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to: Huron Residential Hospice c/o Huron Hospice 98 Shipley Street Clinton, ON N0M 1L0 or Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation 255 Elizabeth Street East Listowel, ON N4W 2P5 would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged by calling the funeral home or returning to the Current Funerals page and clicking on the Make a Donation link. Please forward your cheque directly to the charity of choice at the above address.