Therese Portelance (nee Brassard) age 105 passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 1, 2019. Therese was born April 11, 1913 in Sudbury Ontario to Oliver and Adelma Brassard. She grew up with two sisters and two brothers.
Her parents saw to it that she was educated and she graduated grade 12 in 1931. This was uncommon in that time for a woman. She married Dolphis Portelance in 1934. They raised five children and operated different businesses throughout their lives together. Together they operated a corner store in Current River a motel in Geraldton , a mining operation, and water well drilling business.
Mom was a devoted wife and mother and was involved with the Women’s Catholic League when she was younger and was a member of the Corpus Christi church. She was predeceased by her husband Dolphis and her daughter Lillian.
She is survived by sister Aurore (Bea) age 102 , her daughter Pauline Bolwell, her sons and their spouses Robert and Mona, James and Sheila, and David and Bonnie Portelance. Her five grandchildren Farley and Nicole Bolwell, Shelley Helget, Mark and Andrea Portelance, and her six great grandchildren, Olivia, Anna and Lucas Bolwell, Ciara and Matthew Heiden and Paige Helget.
A special thanks to Tina and support staff at St Joseph care group at Cook apartment’s for allowing her to keep her independence in her own apartment.
Cremation has taken place. A private family burial service will be held in the future.
Donations in honor of Therese may be made to St Joseph’s Care Group c/o Support Services program. Arrangements are in care of the Sargent & Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court Street. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.
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