Jeannette (Jeanne) Portale, 86, of Hopkinton passed away at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham on Jan. 26. Born in Nyack, New York, she was the daughter of the late Ola (Coppins) and Thomas A. Bedner. She was the wife of 18 years to the late Joseph Portale.
Previously of New City, New York, and later retiring to Tom’s River, New Jersey, Jeanne recently moved to Massachusetts to spend more time with her family.
Jeanne had a passion for playing bridge. With her husband as her partner, they were able to achieve third place in one world tournament. She enjoyed being retired, she took pleasure in playing golf, gardening, her dogs and the beach. Jeanne also loved her time with friends, going to the opera, church and out for dinner.
She is survived by her sister, Carolyn Aurilio of Hopkinton; her nieces, Susan Denison and husband Mark of Holliston, Deb diBenedetto and husband Bernie of Hopkinton, and Nancy Johnson and husband Cliff of Rockport. She also leaves behind cousin Tom Cummings and cousin-in-law Monica Briemer and her children, Marc and Eric. She is predeceased by brother-in-law Michael Aurilio and cousin Kenneth Briemer.
Private funeral services will be held at a later date at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baypath Humane Society, 500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or baypathhumane.org.
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