Leslie Portigal-Folz

Leslie Ann Portigal-Folz, daughter of Arnold and Elodee Portigal, passed away March 29, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Richard Folz and the devoted mother of Joshua A. Folz.


Leslie was a vibrant, caring and generous person who attempted to do good in many sections of society. After completing her master's degree in education with honors from the University of Toronto, she worked as a high school teacher. Whether it was coaching a softball team, directing plays and fashion shows or just listening to the concerns of her students, York Memorial Senior High School will always be a better place for her having taught there.


Upon moving to Phoenix in 1997, Leslie returned to school where she graduated with honors with a degree in clinical psychology. Following graduation, she worked as an addiction therapist, once again leaving her mark on many thankful individuals. Leslie always had an overriding concern for individuals as well as animals.


Throughout her philanthropic career, Leslie chaired such events as the Polo Ball and Heart Ball in Toronto as well as the Arthritis Ball in Phoenix. Leslie worked with local animal hospitals, saving many cats and dogs throughout her short life.


At 43, Leslie was granted her greatest wish with the arrival of her 9 pound 13 ounce son, Joshua. Thrusting herself into motherhood with the same vigor in which she lived, Leslie was able to transfer her spirit for life into both her husband and her son prior to developing cancer.


Leslie's love for the outdoors drove her in completing three marathons, culminating with the completion of the 3 day 60 mile+ Susan G Komen Cancer Walk. Leslie enriched the lives of all those who knew her. She will always be remembered for her large heart and even larger smile. 

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