William John “Bill” “Pooper” Poderzay, 60, of Mt. Iron, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital.
He was born Oct. 18, 1951, in Virginia, the son of Edward J. and Phyllis Ann (Kutcher) Poderzay.
Bill was a 1971 graduate of Gilbert High School and a graduate of the Eveleth Vocational Technical Institute. He married Deborah Stickney on July 21, 1973, in the Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth.
Bill was employed by U.S. Steel from 1973 until his retirement in 2003. He was a former president of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Taconite Chapter; a member of the Iron Range Radio Control Club; and was an avid hunter and sportsman.
Bill’s family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of St. Luke’s Hospice and Dr. Sandy Popham for their special care, concern, and positive attitude.
Bill and his family were active participants in the Duluth Kidney Walk to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.
Bill is survived by his wife, Debbie; sons, David (Maria) Poderzay of Eveleth and Corey (Colleen) Poderzay of Parkville; sister, Mary Jo (Kenny) Volker of Chisholm; a beautiful granddaughter, Sophia of Virginia; stepgrandsons, Cade and Chase Peterson; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family — including a special niece, Stephanie Sklors, who donated a kidney to Bill in 2010 that afforded him a better quality of life.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Funeral: The funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, May 9, at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Chapel in Virginia. The Rev. John O’Donnell will officiate.
Visitation: Will be held from 11 a.m. Wednesday until the funeral service.
Burial: Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials: Are preferred and may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation.
Arrangements are with Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, visit www.baumanfuneralhome.com.