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Sheri Ulman Portman, 63, of Savannah, Georgia and wife of Michael Alan Portman, died suddenly on Tuesday morning, January 1, 2019, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Ingrid Lipman Ulman and Ben Ulman. Sheri had a heart of gold and many passions in life. She adored her daughter Dori and derived constant pride in her achievements. Michael, her husband of 42 years, was the love of her life and they delighted in seafood and travel. She enjoyed spending time loving and caring for her dogs, Bob and Leo. Her positivity and radiant light will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her. She was known as the magical Aunt Sheri by her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Alan Portman of Savannah, Georgia; one daughter, Dr. Dori Elana Portman of Savannah, Georgia; one brother, Michael Ulman and his wife, Sherry, of Savannah, Georgia, and many other beloved relatives.

The funeral service will be held at 11:30 Thursday morning at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Robert W. Haas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Coastal Pet Rescue – Post Office Box 30462, Savannah, Georgia 31410.

Online Condolences

  1. Huy Nguyen says:

    Michael, Dori and the Portman family,

    Sheri will be dearly missed by many. Very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers from my family to yours.

  2. Bill Brock says:

    Michael and Dori
    I’m heartbroken over the loss of Sheri. Always kind and very thoughtful was ahe… Sending prayers of comfort and protection for you both!

    Shalom my brother and sister

  3. Catherine Hawkins Johnson says:

    Michael, Dori & family,

    We are praying for comfort & peace during this difficult time. Sheri was always such a joy to be around & will be missed by many.

    Andy & Cathy Johnson

  4. Paige Riley May says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. From everything I have read and heard she was a very special person. You are and will be in my prayers.
    God Bless.

  5. Sharolyn and Ms. Nettie says:

    Michael and Dori

    Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you as you both go through the very difficult time.

    May God bless and strengthen you and your family

  6. Pat Averwater says:

    Our deepest condolences to Michael and the entire Portman family. From Chip, Pat, CJ and Nick from Amro Music

  7. Ann Eaker says:

    Dori- my heart breaks for you and your family. Please know I am praying for you and am sending many hugs your way.

    Love, Ann

  8. linda futrell says:

    Michael and Dori,
    The Lair Family expresses our deepest sympathy in your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Lair and Futrell Family

  9. Ramon and Renie Silverman says:

    Michael and Dori.
    We can’t tell you how sorry we were to hear of such a tremendous loss.
    We have many wonderful memories of being with the Ulman family and they were always so proud of you. Dori had a special space in their hearts for her.
    Sorry that we are not able to come visit with you but our wishes to be with you were still there.
    Lots of love,
    Renie and Ramon

  10. Kent Woo says:


    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sheri was such a kind and wonderful person that I had the privilege of caring for. She will be missed by many. My heart goes out to you and your family. You have my deepest sympathies.

    May she rest in peace….

  11. Ramon and Renie Silverman says:

    Ramon and I truly treasure the memories we have of you and the Ulman family. You will truly be missed. Our sympathy goes to your husband and daughter and your brother Michael.

  12. Julia J. Williams says:

    Sheri and I met at Wilder Junior High school many years ago. We shared Home Economics class where neither of us learned to sew very well, but it was fun trying! She was sweet and bubbly, always with a kind word for others. I saw Sheri again several years ago at a local hair salon and she was just as lovely as she had been at Wilder. This is such a heartbreaking loss. May she rest in peace.

  13. Kathy Hoover says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in all the prayers sent your way from all your friends and family.
    Kathy Hoover

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