Michael "Mike" Podraza, Jr., age 79, of Columbus, Nebraska died Sunday, August 7, 2005 at Beverly Health Care in Columbus. Funeral Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2005 at St. Bonaventure Church in Columbus with Fr. Tim Podraza officiating. Burial is in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Visitation is 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service at McKown Funeral Home. Visitation continues Thursday morning from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to St. Bonaventure Church.
Michael Podraza, Jr. was born June 26, 1926 in Columbus to Mike and Adelaide "Delia" (Valasek) Podraza, Sr. He attended rural school in Shelby and graduated from Kramer High School in Columbus. Mike married Lorraine Kobus on July 28, 1948 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. He farmed part-time and worked at Becton-Dickinson for over 30 years until retiring. Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Bonaventure Church.
He is survived by:
Wife: Lorraine Podraza of Columbus, NE
Daughter: Linda Wangler of Columbus, NE
Daughter: Joyce (Jim) Moore of Columbus, NE
Son: Allen (Mary) Podraza of Columbus, NE
Son: Robert (Kathy) Podraza of Columbus, NE
Son: Fr. Tim Podraza of Wisner, NE
Brother: Henry (Mary Ann) Podraza of Columbus, NE
Brother: Richard (Dolores) Podraza of Omaha, NE
Brother: Tom (Mary Lou) Podraza of Columbus, NE
Three Great Grandchildren
He was preceded by:
Father: Mike Podraza, Sr.
Mother: Adeline "Delia" Podraza
Son: David Podraza
Sister: Anna Marie Podraza