Celebrating the life of

Denise Svetlik Portman

January 29, 1923 - November 29, 2022

Denise Svetlik Portman

On November 29, 2022, we lost our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Denise Svetlik Portman. She was only two months away from her 100th birthday.

Denise was born on January 29, 1923 to Rudolf Svetlik and Clare Armstrong Svetlik in Istanbul, Turkey where her father was the Ambassador from the newly formed country of Czechoslovakia. So began her love of travel and learning other languages - ultimately six in all. She grew up in Prague, having first lived in Australia where she learned English. At the end of WWII, she met Captain Harry Portman, MD at a dance for Army officers. He was enchanted with this beautiful blonde who spoke perfect English.

Denise was predeceased by her husband Harry Portman MD and her son-in-law, John Powell. She is survived by her daughters Renee Dunn, Michele Powell and Nina Malone {Stephen), her grandsons Charles (Mary) and Alexander {Sara) and four great grandchildren, Charlotte, Connor, Katelyn and Andrew. She is also survived by her special niece Denise Svetlik Montanus and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416. Burial will be private.



Aunt Denise was the epitome of a Southern lady. So kind, friendly, generous and caring. May her memory be a blessing.

- Sonja Canas Held, Savannah, Georgia

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this sad time. Keep her in your hearts with wonderful memories.

- Larry and Debbie Nicholas, Baton Rouge, LA

My late husband, Judge Charles Mikell, enjoyed Mrs. Portman immensely. He had spent a year in Czechoslovakia and was a real Czechophile. She had so much respect for her intellect and humor. I am grateful for their relationship.

- Julia Mikell, Savannah , Georgia

Linda and I are very saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. Such a beautiful lady. Please, accept our condolences during this very sad time. She certainly lived a very full life and we know that you will all miss her daily, however you all have many wonderful memories of her life. We will keep you all in our prayers. Linda and David

- David R Denhard SR , Savannah, GA

Nina, I'm sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

- Dawn McCall, Savannah, Georgia

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dear mother. May she rest in peace.

- Frank P. Rossiter, Jr., M.D., Savannah, GA

To Renee, Michele and Nina, Your mother has been an amazing role model for you. I remember her elegance and thinking how much you must’ve enjoyed growing up with her by your side. My condolences to your family and wishing for you a grieving that stays with you in the fondness of best of memories. In love and friendship, Janet Rollings

- Janet Rollings, Afton, VA

I am so very sorry for this loss of a wonderful beautiful gracious lady. But oh what a life she lived! She leaves a wonderful legacy! I’m quite certain she and Harry are very happy to be reunited after so long a separation. My prayers for the repose of her soul and strength and comfort for all.

- Patti Ward Neidlinger, Tybee Island , GA

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a lovely gracious life.

- Caroline Ellis Pennington, SULLIVANS IS, SC

So very sad for all of you. Your Mother was so loved by many. May having each other be a comfort to help share this hard time.

- Vicki Anckner , Savannah , Ga

Renee, Michele and Nina Sorry to here about your mother. I have many memories growing up across the street. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

- Julie Leigh West, Millen, Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Services Will Be Private