April 7, 1942 ~ August 11, 2020
LOUIS MICHAEL PODA
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.