Abigail “Abby” Therese Bortz

Abigail Therese Bortz

PORTAGE  --  Abigail “Abby” Therese Bortz, age 22, of Portage, died as a result of Batten Disease on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at her home, peacefully, in the presence of her Mom and Dad.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2009           at St. Mary Catholic Church in Portage, with Fr. Jim Murphy presiding.  Inurnment will be private.  Visitation will from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the church.  The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.

Abby was born on October 30, 1986, the daughter of Terry and Mary (Dodd) Bortz.  She attended the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped, where she was a member of the 4-H Club.

Survivors include her parents, Mary and Terry Bortz;  sisters, Ellen (Doug) Kant, Beaver Dam, and Elizabeth (Jason) Marks, Greenville;  her maternal grandmother, Vivian Dodd;  paternal grandmother, Juanita (Kenneth) Rozinski;  aunts and uncles, Barbara Dodd, Richard (Pamela) Dodd, Timothy (Cheryl) Bortz, and Barb (Jim) Krebs;  cousins, other relatives and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Alice, and grandfathers, Larry Dodd and Charles Bortz.

Memorials may be given to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, 13195 West Hampton Avenue, Butler, Wisconsin  53007,  Batten Disease Support and Research Association, 166 Humphries Dr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio  43068, or River Haven Shelter, P. O. Box 641, Portage, Wisconsin  53901,

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For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)