Christine Poortenga
1946 - 2016
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Poortenga, Christine

Christine Poortenga (Johnson), 'Valley' of Green Lake died peacefully at home on June 17, 2016.

She was born on December 23, 1946 and is preceded in death by her parents Richard and Grace (Mickelsen) Johnson of Winchester Wisconsin and husband Gene Poortenga of Green Lake Wisconsin. She is survived by son Ty Whitpan, daughter-in-law Jill Jahnke (husband Joe) grandson Trent Whitpan, granddaughter Shannon Whitpan, sister Nancy (husband Martin Day) brother Paul (wife Greta) sister Elizabeth (husband James Wells) nieces and nephews and Pumpkin Goodcat.

During her rich and full life Chris was a factory worker, grade school teacher and Ordained Minister. She served as tarot reader at Windows of Light Angels Forever bookstore in Appleton, WI, spiritual advisor to the Wisconsin and Arizona Departments of Corrections and The Prairie Lakes Unitarian Universal Fellowship in Ripon WI. She was a friend to the Milwaukee Pagan Unity Council and Earth Spirit Coven. She enjoyed good books, good coffee and bad company.

Christ spent her retirement in service to two gentlemen cats, when her duties allowed, she loved working in her yard and attending her book club meetings.

Special thanks to the Root Group, Marigold, Josh Moss and Milwaukee PUC.

A private memorial service was held at Prairie Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 315 Eureka St. Ripon.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Milwaukee Pagan Unity Council.

She's dead Jim.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Jun. 29, 2016.
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August 20, 2016
I think about her often and another memory just popped into my head as I was writing a check for one of our presenters here at Angels Forever - Windows of Light.

She would always stand and look at us with an air of expectation if we did not draw a picture on the front of the envelope that held her check. We would get the clue!

What a fine fine woman!
Deb Weyenberg
July 13, 2016
Lady Valley, you affected my life more then I can ever thank you for. You stories and no nonsense logic made me the man i have become after a time in my life where nothing looked good. You will always remain in my heart and on my mind, your stories will be shared and I will continue to pass on foofooism until I can no longer sing the song.
Uthyur O'Dalaigh
June 29, 2016
Samos.37.10.11.jehova lo Resusitara
June 29, 2016
I am thankful that I got to meet you once at a PUC event. You lead a beautiful ritual and you are a wonderful woman Lady of the Valley. The other side is extremely blessed to have gain such an important and loving angel. Blessed be!
Lisa Benedict
June 29, 2016
Valley you were a great and knowledgeable person and you will be greatly missed. Thank you for all the great things you taught me. Blessed Be!
Nannette Marino
June 28, 2016
Love and light.
Blessed be.
JenKnee Kemeny
June 28, 2016
What a fine fine woman (Goddess)!

We always enjoyed having Chris "Valley" as a reader at Angels Forever - Windows of Light! She shared so much of her wisdom and spirit with everyone she met.

Her laughter and twinkling eyes will forever remain in our hearts!
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