Formerly of Wadsworth more recently of Columbus

Gertrude Joan Porter, known by all who knew and loved her for her deep conviction to her faith, her keen and tireless wit, and the courage with which she confronted a series of illnesses that dominated too many of her final days; passed peacefully on September 30th, in the company of her loving family. The conviction with which she lived what she believed gives an unflinching belief to those she leaves behind; a belief that she is at last in the full and loving care of her Savior.

She is survived by her 8 loving children: Colleen Buzenski (Ernie Buzenski), Thomas Porter (Becky), Catherine Mitchel (Aaron), Kevin Porter (Monica Lidral), Karen Buzenski (John), Eileen Buzenski (Bob), Daniel Porter (Barb), Timothy Porter (Donna); as well as 25 beloved grandchildren; and 12 adorable great-grandchildren.

It will not be the way she passed that we will remember, rather, the way she lived. The turn of a phrase that could turn your day; the penchant for perspective wrapped in humor; I know the good Lord wont give me what I cant handle, I just wish he wouldnt trust me so much; the resolve that always found a way. She shepherded her family through all manner of difficult times, from economic uncertainty, to illness, to death and through the moral challenges of a changing world. Through it all there was the certainty of a home filled with music, brightened by laughter, lit by love and where guests were always welcomed.

A viewing will be held in the east vestibule of Sacred Heart Catholic Church (260 Broad Street Wadsworth, OH) on Tuesday October 4th from 10am -11:30am; followed by Mass of Resurrection at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery follows Mass and guests are welcomed back in the church hall for a reception following the internment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the The legion of Mary-Sacred Heart Catholic Church.