Joan E. Bortner

February 25, 1946 - August 09, 2017

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Friday, August 18, 11:00 AM
St. Gaspar Catholic Church, Rome City


Joan E. Bortner, 71, of Wolcottville died Wednesday, August 9, 2017, in her residence.

She was born February 25, 1946, in Kendallville to Maurice and Thelma (Fortman) Cass. They preceded her in death.

On July 14, 1968, in Brimfield she married Ronnie D. Bortner. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bortner was a beautician in her own home for many years.

She was a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church in Rome City.

Surviving are five sons, Gary (Vickie) Fry of Kendallville, Randy (Paula) Fry of LaGrange, Mike (Heather) Bortner of Wolcottville, Eric Bortner of Rome City, and John (Nicole) Bortner of Albion; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat (Max) Pfaffman of Kendallville; and a brother, Tom (Pam) Cass of Elkhart.*

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, August 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Gaspar Catholic Church, Rome City with Father Bernard Ramenaden officiating. Burial will be in St. Gaspar Catholic Cemetery.

There will be no calling prior to the mass.

Preferred memorials are to St. Gaspar Catholic Church or masses to the church.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Deb Garver Gulley
August 14th, 2017 9:10pm

Prayers for your family as you mourn the loss of a much-loved woman. Joan and my mother were friends and she was so kind when my mother passed many years ago. Joan always had a smile and a warm greeting for all. My condolences to all the family.

Kim Rogers
August 13th, 2017 2:22pm
Marion, in

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family

Greg and Marcia Ringler
August 13th, 2017 1:31pm

Our deepest sympathy to the family on your loss.

Matt jordan
August 13th, 2017 11:15am

Sorry for your loss . Joan and Ronnie were good people. I was a neighbor a long time ago.

Barbara Tatman
August 11th, 2017 8:54am
Rome City

So sorry for your loss. Joan and I have been friends for years. She will be strongly missed. Always had a smile with a twinkle in her eye. Very special lady.

Cindy pfafman
August 10th, 2017 9:43pm

Please keep my mom and my family. Three Sons and her grandchildren in your thoughts in dreams we lost my Aunt Joan Bortner. She went up to be with everybody and to keep her wings wrapped around her loved ones to keep us safe and to keep us warm and help us through the hard times and the good. And knowing my aunt like I do I just hope she don't come down and play her little pranks like she did does she love to scare the shit out of you cuz she would get the biggest kick out of that so hopefully now she don't do that cuz it would scare the holy living shit out of me but knowing my like I do she will she'll come and get me just like she did with her video of the snake I have some of the greatest memories of her scaring the shit out of me and laugh and hurt a little ass off just to hear me holler at her she was the best of the best to scare the shit out of you I love you aunt Joan Bortner we will miss you and your prankster self

Missy Keck Sykes
August 10th, 2017 8:03pm

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your mom.

August 10th, 2017 7:37pm
1103 Kelly St, Rome City

I am so sorry for your loss. I first knew your mother when Mike was small. I was expecting my first son and he is now 45, so it has been that long. She and my sister and I used to have a good time together.