Remembering Sarah Portlock Fellman

For: Sarah, Sam and Aviva Fellman
New York, NY
Organizer: Sarah's WSJ family
Remembering Sarah Portlock Fellman (Sarah, Sam and Aviva Fellman)
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The Story

Our beloved friend and colleague Sarah Portlock Fellman passed away Nov. 6, 2017, after a long, brave struggle to recover from a traumatic brain injury in late March. Sarah and Sam's beautiful baby girl, Aviva, went home this summer after spending 100 days in the NICU. She is happy, healthy and thriving. We know Sarah's memory and legacy will live on in Aviva. Please consider making a contribution to help ease the family's burden, and keep sending them your prayers and love during this difficult time.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 12, 2017

Posted on November 12, 2017

A webcast of the service for Sarah Portlock Fellman is available for those not able to join us at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Manhattan:
Memorial ID is:     16714
Password is:        5YGDP
Enter the Memorial ID and the password, as well as your name. Just a first name will suffice.

Sam also shared this information: 

Friends and family are welcome to join us after the Sunday service until 7 p.m. to celebrate Sarah's life on the fourth floor of "The Riverside" at 180 West 76 Streetand again on Monday from 4-9 p.m. at 166 Bank St. Apt. 6Cin Manhattan's West Village. Ring the downstairs buzzer for Simmons/Gressel.

Posted on November 10, 2017

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Posted on November 10, 2017

Sarah Portlock Fellman, a respected Wall Street Journal editor and loving mother to a beautiful baby girl, died at a Long Island hospital Monday. She was 32.

Sarah died suddenly of complications related to a brain injury, from which she was making a courageous recovery over the previous seven months.

A Columbia Journalism School graduate and tenacious journalist, Sarah scaled the ranks of The Wall Street Journal from economics reporter to be the publication’s day editor, responsible for the daily editorial plan. Sarah was a beloved colleague and digital media innovator who wrote guides for co-workers, mentored younger reporters and organized networking events for digital journalists.

“She was an essential part of our newsroom, a terrific and valued colleague, and a delightful presence,” Gerard Baker, the WSJ’s editor-in-chief, wrote in a memo.

Sarah was overjoyed about becoming a mother. She was seven months pregnant when an aneurysm ruptured in her brain on March 31, and she gave birth to Aviva Portlock Fellman. Over the next seven months, Sarah was making a remarkable recovery as she learned to use her voice, swallow pudding, and roll over. In late October, in what would be their last visit, she told her daughter, “I love you” and kissed her head twice.

Sarah was born in Bowling Green, Virginia, and attended Collegiate School in Richmond and New York University, where she served as editor-in-chief of Washington Square News. In addition to WSJ, she reported for the Associated Press, Newsday, The Star-Ledger, and the Brooklyn Paper.

Sarah was an adventure seeker as comfortable on Sixth Avenue as she was on a hiking trail in the Shenandoah Valley or a boat on the Chesapeake. Perhaps her favorite destination was the remote beaches of Ocracoke, North Carolina, where she spent every August with family.

Sarah was known for her annual Valentine’s day message: A postcard collage of hearts she discovered every year on these travels — hearts of pebble, graffiti, leaves and water. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her kindness, poise, generosity and strength, and for the deep and lasting friendships she forged with so many around the country and world.

Sarah is survived by her husband Sam Fellman, her father Bill Portlock, her mother Nancy Raybin, her brother Nathan Portlock, and her 7 month old daughter Aviva — born 2 pounds 11 ounces, and seven months later thriving at over 15 pounds.

Posted on November 9, 2017

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Posted on November 9, 2017

Please join Sarah Portlock Fellman’s family to honor and celebrate her extraordinary life as a journalist, mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Memorial Chapel in Manhattan. 
The chapel is located on the Upper West Side at 180 W 76th St, New York, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the family’s YouCaring site and Aviva Portlock Fellman’s college fund. 
Contributions to the college fund may be sent via check to:
VCSP/College America
Nancy Raybin
FBO Aviva Portlock Fellman
Wells Fargo Advisors
1021 East Cary Street
Suite 2200
Richmond, VA 23219

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