7 April 1942 – 11 August 2020 (78 years)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio; grew up in Akron, Ohio. Son of Louis and Josephine (Pavlov) Poda. He leaves sisters: Josephine (Poda) Scipione, Ohio; Christine (Poda) Gradijan, Texas; Jennifer Poda, Ohio; brother Christopher Poda, California; nephew, grandniece, nieces. Member St. Bernard’s Parish; last 10 years–St. Hilary’s. Member Boy Scouts of America. Graduate of Hoban High School. Undergraduate & Graduate (Master’s) degrees from University of Akron in Geology & Geography; in ROTC. 40 year employee the University of Akron. Member Akron Astronomy Club (https://www.acaoh.org); Chaired Election Committee; was their OTAA representative (Ohio Turnpike Astronomer’s Assoc.); helped get observatory built in the Portage Lakes State Park. Donated his large (“The Hernia Maker!”) telescope to them. Enjoyed giving Astronomy tutorials to schools & groups. Members recalled his quote: “The older you get, work is less fun, and fun is more work.” An earliest member of Cuyahoga Valley Space Society / National Space Society (https://space.nss.org/cuyahoga-valley-space-society-chapter), serving as a club officer. Member University of Akron Amateur Radio Club (http://w8upd.org). Awed by visit to Cape Canaveral Space Center, Florida, witnessing a rocket launch in person. He was thankful for all the camaraderie over the years—freezing outdoors together to view the Winter night sky; the picnics and parties; being first in line for Star Trek and Star Wars movies; and later, the car rides to meetings. Well-wishers can celebrate his life-long interest in Science, especially Astronomy, Satellite Tracking (recognized for his expertise), and the Space Program, by donating to (and join!) his above-mentioned favorite organizations. He also cared for animals, especially his cat companions. Please remember the animals in need at this pandemic time and donate to: Friends of Pets (F.O.P.): PO Box 813, Akron OH 44309. His family wishes to thank the care of nearly 10 years by the dedicated, kind nurses & staff of Brookdale Senior Living of Bath, Ohio; Southern Care Hospice; Dr. Payton and staff at Fairlawn Family Practice; Dr. Hershberger; Dr. Perko and staff. You were a truly unique individual, Mike, and will be missed by many. God Speed and Ad Astra!

Calling hour: Aug. 18, 2020, St. Hilary’s Catholic Church, Fairlawn, 10:30-11:30 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 at the church. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Waterloo Rd. Please remember to wear masks and practice spatial distance for your own and others’ health at this time.


Family Viewing: August 18, 2020 10:30 am - September 29, 2020 11:30 am

St. Hilary Parish
2750 West Market Street
Fairlawn, OH 44333

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Mass: August 18, 2020 11:30 am - September 29, 2020 12:30 pm

St. Hilary Parish
2750 West Market Street
Fairlawn, OH 44333

(330) 867-1055

Graveside Service: August 18, 2020 1:00 pm - September 29, 2020 1:30 pm

Holy Cross Akron
100 East Waterloo Road
Akron, OH 44319

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  1. Mike, you did not know me. I knew you through your sister and still, seeing that you have joined the stars forever leaves us all back poorer and less happy. Be well among the stars – you are one of them now looking own on us.

  2. I was a co-founder of the Cuyahoga Valley L-5 Society (later CV National Space Society) in 1979 and Lou was one of our earliest members. I haven’t seen him in at least 10 years, but always enjoyed our space related conversations back in the days. He was a good guy. My condolences to his friends and family. Ad Astra Lou!

  3. We had some great times observing the stars together, Lou. Setting up and tearing down your 14″ Celestron was quite an exercise for the two of us. ;^) I’ll think of you every time I’m out observing and remembering those great nights under the stars. The Astronomy Club of Akron just won’t be the same without you.

  4. Lou will be always missed here at Brookdale Bath! He was a very well loved resident. I will miss his excursions out the front door at night to see the space station. Even on those cold nights. Rest in Peace, Lou!!

  5. You were one of a kind and every time I look up at the stars I will think of you. God speed my friend! Love Moon girl

  6. I remember many nights at the Portage Lakes State Park Observatory when the public program ended early due to clouds. Everyone else had gone home and Lou and I would stay. We were both night owls. Just the two of us. We would sit outside, or inside and just talk about anything, mostly Astronomy related. It was fun out under the night sky with Lou.

  7. Lou, thank you for announcing the Space Station passes and Astronomy Club of Akron meeting times at our Cuyahoga Valley Space Society meetings. I really appreciate your sponsorship of me to the Orlando Space Development Conference. You were very dedicated to somehow make the trip up to Cleveland every month!

  8. So sorry to hear this! We remember the time Michael showed us Saturn thru his telescope….. you could see the rings! It was awesome. Our condolences.

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