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Richard J. "Sir" Podell

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Sept. 28, 1924 - July 11, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Richard J. "Sir" Podell, 88, quietly answered the call of Our Heavenly Father at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Granger home of Marla (Podell) and Bill Speece, where his devoted family provided around-the-clock care during the past six months and stood vigil at his bedside, including his beloved dog "Buddy", during his final hours. Richard was born in South Bend on September 28, 1924 to Joseph Michael and Clara (Wrobel) Podell. A 1943 graduate of South Bend Catholic High School, Richard received a Football Scholarship to Indiana University after serving in the U.S. Army Special Services Division for three years during WW II. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star Attachment (Single), World War II Victory medal and Honorable Service Lapel Button WW II for his distinguished service. On June 7, 1947 he married the love of his life, Joyce L. Cobb of New Orleans, LA. As lifelong residents of South Bend, Richard and Joyce raised their family of 10 children while owning and running Podell's Bridal Shop and the Carriage House. Richard joined the South Bend Police Department in 1947 and attained the rank of Sergeant before retiring with 20 years on the police force. He then joined the University of Notre Dame's security department where he worked for ten years. Over the years, Richard touched the lives of many people including former residents of Hope Rescue Mission. He was a member of Mishawaka Veterans of War Post #360, American Legion Post #357, F.O.P. Lodge 36, and the Elk's Lodge of South Bend. He was also an active participant in Mama's Against Violence and his South Bend Police Neighborhood Crime Watch. His beloved wife, Joyce, passed away on May 10, 2001. Son, Joseph Podell, also preceded him in death. His sisters, Kathleen Podell Sobieralski and Joan Podell Walczak, both of South Bend are deceased, while his only brother, Norman J. Podell lives in Evergreen Park, IL. Richard is survived by his children, Sue Podell Hektor of South Bend, Rebecca Podell (Michael) Bolin of Niles, and Marla Podell (Bill) Speece of Granger, Richard "Jack" (Cathy) Podell of Mishawaka, Dennis (Barbie) Podell of Osceola, T. George (Jan) Podell of South Bend, Charlie (Jane) Podell of Carmel, IN, Max (Leslie) Podell of Granger, and Jon (Cathleen) Podell of Wheaton, IL. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren: Andy Podell, Adam Podell, Joseph Hektor, Mariah Hektor, Mary Johnson, Tommy Podell, Christopher Podell, Lori Podell, Jasmine Podell, Gabrielle Podell, Wes Podell, Jamie Podell, Amber Podell, Hilary Podell-Yordy, Whitney Podell, Daniel Podell, Kelsey Podell-Bakshi, Aubrey Podell, Jacqueline Speece-Florea, Jillian Speece, Stephanie Seese, Maggie Podell, James Podell, Gina Hann, Thor Brown, Dana Kujawski, Ian Bolin, and Aaron Bolin. Richard's surviving great grandchildren include: Nathan and Mallory Podell, Helena and Lilliana Johnson, Elliot Hektor, Makenzie Yordy, Imran Bakshi, Ariana and Taylor Kujawski, Nathan, Ava and Will Bolin, Ella Bolin and Cael Hann. Viewing will be at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN from 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 with a Rosary at 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church followed by a full military service at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park before entombment. If you wish, in lieu of flowers you may make donations to Hope Rescue Mission, and Humane Society of Saint Joseph County, Mishawaka, IN. To send condolences, please visit,
Published in South Bend Tribune from July 14 to July 15, 2013
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