Joan M. Portner 86, of Sleepy Eye, died on Nov. 12, 2018

Joan M. Portner 86, of Sleepy Eye, died on Nov. 12, 2018, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., and will continue on Wednesday from 7:30 until 10 a.m., at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. There will be a Parish Prayer Service at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at In lieu of flowers the family asked for memorials in Joan’s name to St. Mary’s Catholic School or Divine Providence Community Home.

Joan Marie Soukup Portner was devoted to her faith, family and community. She was born June 17th 1932, the youngest of four children to Amelia and Charles Soukup, growing up on a farm two miles south of Sleepy Eye. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School, in Sleepy Eye and has always had a warm place in her heart for her alma mater. Joan worked as a secretary at Pietrus Foods until she married. She married Harold E Portner on July 15th 1967 in St. Mary’s church, Sleepy Eye. They had two sons Thomas and Mark. Joan was a devoted farm partner and worked at Harold’s side to care for the cows, crops and their seed business. She loved spending time with and caring for her grandchildren, too. Her Catholic faith was a mainstay of her time here on earth from perpetual adoration to nightly rosary at the Schoenstatt shrine. Later in life, she devoted her time to caring for her husband, brother and sisters at Divine Providence Community Home. Joan enjoyed many hobbies she was an avid photographer of nature, a gardener and an accomplished painter. Joan used her painting talents many times over on projects for the school, church, Schoenstatts, family and the Brown Swiss cattle association.

Joan is survived by sons: Thomas (Mary), Mark (Lisa); step children: Carol Jean, Joyce, Mavis (Thomas) Vermaak and Harold Jr. (Leslie); She has 19 grandchildren: Boston, Sabrina, Isabella, Crystal and Sophia, Rachel, Jared, Dustin and Blake, Aria and Andy, Brett and Kristina, Natasha and Matthew, Abby, Joey, Mike and Tony; and numerous great grandchildren; nieces and nephews: Nancy (John) Wolf, Joyce (Bill) Kuehn, Cindy (Keith) Scheid, Dean (Stacy) Goblirsch; as well as great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents: Amelia and Charles; husband, Harold; siblings: Gregory Soukup, Adele and Edwin Goblirsch, Cordella Soukup; brother and sister in-laws: Ben and Monica Portner, Sister Madeline Portner, Alex and Alice Portner, Frances and Francis Brandl, Deloris and Charles Machtemes and nephew Thomas Goblirsch.