Portia A. Voelker

February 25, 1931 ~ September 23, 2021 (age 90)


Portia A. Voelker went to be with the Lord on September 23, 2021.  Portia was born and raised in Indianola, Nebraska, her parents were Homer and Marie Duckworth.

Portia graduated from nursing school in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1952 and married William G. (Bill) Voelker that same year.  They lived and raised their family in Nebraska City.  Portia had a long nursing career and was the Director of Nursing at the Nebraska City Manor for 18 years.   Portia and Bill enjoyed 10 years of beautiful retirement in Green Valley, Arizona.  They eventually relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, to be closer to family.  Portia took great joy in her family.  She also loved traveling and dancing with Bill, reading, and growing beautiful flowers wherever she lived.  She always lit up when family was around. Her children and grandchildren admired her strength and determination.  Portia’s wit, sense of humor, and infectious laughter will long be remembered by all those who loved her.

Portia was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings (Bradley Duckworth and Myrna Capsey).

She is survived by her children; Dan Voelker and wife Donna, Jane Erickson and husband Tim, John Voelker and wife Pam, grandchildren; Matt Voelker and wife Ginny, Jeff Voelker and wife Emily, Laurie Scharp and fiancé Jeff Clement, Adam Scharp and wife Jenn, Wendy Sieler and husband TJ, Matt Calderon and fiancé Lindsey Meyer, Jess Bernfeld and wife Angela, Doug Erickson and wife Amberly, Jennifer Flynn and husband Bevan, Chris Erickson and wife Melissa, great-grandchildren; Lily and Abby Voelker, Hattie and Rowan Scharp, Nora Sieler, Carter Calderon, Oswald and Isabelle Flynn, and Lily, Micah, Dakota, Addy, and Jadon Erickson.

Portia was a sweet person and will be dearly missed by her family and friends upon whom she made a significant and lasting impact during the course of her life.

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Memorial Service
October 16, 2021

10:00 AM
Colonial Chapel Funeral Home
5200 R ST
Lincoln, NE 68504

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