Della Podobnik

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Podobnik, Della M.

Della M. Podobnik, age 83, of Marshfield, formerly of Willard, died at Ministry St. Joseph Hospital, in Marshfield, on Friday, September 13, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2013. at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church, on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Marguerite Della Martens was born on January 2, 1930, in the town of Fremont, rural Chili, WI, the daughter of William M. and Sophie (Croel) Martens. She was raised and received her education in Clark County area schools, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1948. After graduation, Della worked at Clark Electric for a short time before her marriage to Emil Podobnik on October 7, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. They farmed for a couple years in the Greenwood area, and then moved to Milwaukee. While living in Milwaukee, Della worked as a secretary for Wisconsin Motors, Wagner Iron Works, and Communication Workers of America. They moved back to Clark County and purchased the Lake Side Lodge at Rock Dam, which they operated from 1967 to 1975. After selling the tavern, Della worked for the Clark County Forest and Parks Department until retiring in 1992.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and K.S.K.J. Lodge.

Della is survived by 3 sisters: Dorthe Westberg of Prineville, OR, Mabel Kruger of Las Vegas, NV, Judy (Ron) Allen of Milwaukee; 3 brothers: William Martens of Marshfield, Hilbert "Bert" (Donna) Martens of Junction City, Tim Martens of Milwaukee; and one sister-in-law: Karen Martens of Waupaca; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Della was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emil, on June 11, 1992; 2 sisters: Helen Garbush and Jean Michalski; and 2 brothers: Richard and Ted Martens.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Funeral Home
Greenwood Funeral Home - Greenwood
103 North Main Street PO Box 42  Greenwood, WI 54437
(715) 267-6385
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Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Sept. 18, 2013
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