Joseph S. Podojak Sr., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Covenant-Cooper.  Age 71 years.  The son of the late Ernest and Valeria (Wachowicz) Podojak on December 27, 1937 in Saginaw.  He married Lila Jesse, his childhood sweetheart, on January 17, 1959, she survives him.  Joseph worked for Saginaw Steering Gear and retired after 38 years of service.  He was a former member of Sacred Hearth Catholic Church.  He was a kind hearted, non-judgmental, loving man who loved to spend time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.  Surviving besides his wife of 51 years are five children and their spouses; Lisa (Jesse) Chacon, of Saginaw, Joseph (Amanda) Podojak, of St. Helen, Tina (Pete) Rivera, of Saginaw, Todd (Tammy) Podojak, of Saginaw, Melissa (Richard) Gomez II, of Saginaw; 16 grandchildren including his very special granddaughter, Desi Gomez, 4 great-grandchildren; three sisters; Pat (Jerry) Walter, Dodie Scott, Mary (Roy) Bishop; Close friends Ben (Mary) Sanchez, and many nieces and nephews.  A brother, Robert Podojak predeceased him.  Funeral Services will take place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday December 9, 2009 at W.L. Case and Company, 4480 Mackinaw Road.  Mr. George Drain will officiate with cremation to follow. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service.