Sarah Elizabeth Portland, 37, passed away on October 8, 2018. Sarah is the beloved daughter of Marietta B. Portland of Bethlehem and Thomas L. Portland of Philadelphia, close sister to her siblings Noelle Grace Portland, of Big Sur, CA, and David Benjamin Portland, of Philadelphia. Sarah was married to James Zanengo of Berkeley Heights, NJ, who provided dedicated support in her last years. She is predeceased by her grandparents, Maria and Ernesto Betancourt, and Regina and Thomas Portland. Sarah was born in Houston, TX. She also lived with her family in Allentown, PA and Weybridge, England in her childhood years. She attended St Maur’s Convent School in Weybridge, and St Thomas More School and Central Catholic High School in Allentown. She completed three years of study at Arizona State University in Tempe. Sarah was an outstanding student throughout her school years, as evidenced by her recognition as a member of the National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and the Dean’s List at ASU. As a child, she enjoyed dancing and participated in ballet and tap. She was also a very accomplished musician, proficient on the piano, flute and violin. She performed at music recitals, first in London, then later throughout the Lehigh Valley and Eastern PA during her many years of music study. Sarah volunteered at a local home specializing in the care of handicapped children. She traveled with her family during her formative years, visiting European countries, and parts of Africa, Central and South America. Most importantly, Sarah was a beautiful, kind and caring woman. Despite her struggles and challenges, Sarah found the strength to put her baby’s needs above her own by finding a loving family to raise her child. Words cannot express how much she will be missed. We are comforted, however, that she is now at peace. Visitation will be held at St Thomas More Church, 1040 Flexer Ave, Allentown, PA, on Saturday, October 20 at 9:30 AM with a funeral mass beginning at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Women for Sobriety (womenforsobriety.org). Arrangements have been entrusted to the O’Donnell Funeral Home, Allentown.
Published in Morning Call on Oct. 16, 2018
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