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Janelle Marie Portwood

April 9, 1977 — November 13, 2023

Janelle Marie Portwood, age 46, of New Lenox passed away on Monday, November 13, 2023 at home with her family by her side. Janelle was surrounded by love, praise music, and prayer in the days and months preceding her death.

Janelle is survived by her husband of 24 years, Michael Portwood, and their four sons—James (19), Jack (17), Judd (15) and Judah (12). They were her greatest joys. She is also survived by her mother June Bernero and three sisters—Jackie Bernero, Janine (Mark) Weber and JoyAnn (Daniel) Brake. She is dearly missed by her eight nieces and nephews as well.

Janelle devoted herself to being an excellent mother and wife, and passionately pursued a close relationship with Jesus Christ, who carried her through to the end. Her story touched countless people as she documented her journey of faith in the midst of suffering.

Janelle enjoyed being a dental hygienist for 21 years and became an instructor at Prairie State University shortly before her diagnosis. She was active as a member and community group leader at Mosaic Church in Joliet and valued “doing life” with others. She was known to be a great listener while speaking the truth in love.

Family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel in Frankfort on Friday, November 17 from 3 to 8pm. Funeral service is Saturday, November 18 at 10am at Mosaic Church in Joliet.


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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Friday, November 17, 2023

3:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Kurtz Memorial Chapel - Frankfort

65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort, IL 60423

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Funeral Service

Saturday, November 18, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Graveside

Saturday, November 18, 2023

12:15 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

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