Joseph I Podorski, Jr. of St. Louis passed away Sunday, July 7 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis at the age of 94. Joseph was born in St. Louis on September 22, 1924.
Joseph was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, a trusted friend, a hard-working entrepreneur and a proud US Navy Veteran.
After serving in the US Navy during World War II, Joseph owned his own wholesale meat distributorship for over 20 years. He purchased Halls Ferry Inn Restaurant in North County in 1967 and sold the business to his son in 1973. He also proudly served in multiple officer positions in the USS Rich DE 695 Survivor’s Association over the years, including Chairman. Through it all, he worked tirelessly in helping whoever he could with odd jobs, and he always enjoyed the company and conversation with his friends.
Joseph is survived by:
A brother: Anthony Podorski and wife Nancy of Florida
A sister: Lucille Smith of Texas
Three Children: Barbara Lynn Summers of Lake Orion, Michigan; Gerald Paul Podorski and wife Karen of St. Charles, Missouri; and Stanley Mark Podorski and partner Sherry Lea of Salem, Missouri.
Four Grandchildren: Scott Summers, Jeffrey Summers and wife Mandy, Jennifer Podorski and Kathryn Podorski.
Three Great Grandchildren: Austin Summers, Samantha Summers and Addison Summers.
Special friend: Elaine Stuppy
Plus many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
He is proceeded in death by his parents: Joseph I Podorski, Sr. and Martha (Sobocinski) Podorski; wife, Alta (Bernstorff) Podorski; and son, Joseph Bruce Podorski
A Celebration of his Life will be held at his Chesterfield residence on Saturday, July 27th from 1:00 to 3:00.
A private graveside service for family will be held at the Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to your preferred veterans’ organization.