Peter J. Poortinga

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Pete went home to the Lord on March 20, 2014. He was born on July 18, 1923 in Milaca, Minnesota, at home to Peter and Ida Poortinga. He had four older sisters, Betty, Alice, Grace and Margaret. He came to Snohomish County as a teenager with his parents. After finishing eighth grade he began to help his father on the family farm. He continued the love of farming with his farms in Duvall, Arlington and Sundown Farms in Marysville. In 1945 Pete married his sweetheart Ailene Breen and stayed by her side for 67 years until she passed two years ago. He missed her very much. Pete's hobbies included going to breakfast with friends at Ellie's and Denny's, playing rummikub, visiting with family and friends, and feeding his squirrels. He was a charter member of Cascade Christian Reformed Church and spent many years on the church council and other church committees. He also served on the Citizens Bank board which later became Frontier Bank, the Co-Op board, the Everett Christian School Board, the Noxious Weed Board, was a member of the Dairy Federation for many years, was Snohomish County Dairy family of the year in 1969, and went on to become Washington State Dairy family of the year. Pete leaves his children, Judy (David) Sterling, Jim (Linda) Poortinga, Laurie (Jim) Munneke and Rick (Michele) Poortinga. He also leaves his grandchildren, Nicki (Scott) Girard, Brian (Wendy) Hoskins, Heather (Chris) Covey, Heidi (Collin) Meijer, Carrie (Josh) Morrill, Melissa (Isaac) George, Kristen (Eric) Briscoe, Eric Munneke, David Poortinga, Grady and Kyle Poortinga; his great-grandchildren, Michael, Joe and Katie Hoskins, Sadie and Colton Meijer, Ethan, Marcus and Abby Morrill, Gavin George, and Landon Briscoe. He also leaves sister-in-laws, Ruth Kruick and Carol Foss; and several nieces and nephews. The family wants to thank the staff at Cascade Valley Hospital, Providence Hospital, Regency of Arlington, and Olympic Place. They "treated me like gold." Viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery from 3-7 p.m. A celebration of Pete's life will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Cascade Christian Reformed Church in Marysville, Washington. If desired, memorial gifts can be given to Christian Reformed World Relief Committee; (World RENEW) or the New Building Fund at Cascade Christian Reformed Church.


Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 23 to Mar. 26, 2014
Peter J. Poortinga
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