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Gerald "Jerry" Anthony Poduska was born in Spencer, Iowa on September 25, 1952. On January 30, 2014 he joined his parents, Dennis & Dolores Poduska, his wife Colleen Poduska and many other relatives in heaven. As friends and family respond to our loss, there is one theme that is continuous. Jerry made them smile. Jerry made them laugh. How blessed we were to know and love him. Jerry leaves behind his best friend and partner, Angela Ramdass, daughter Jennifer Blanco, son-in-law Travis Blanco, his cherished granddaughters: Kayleen & Katelynn, all from Fort Collins, CO, sisters Denise [Poduska] Tedore and her husband Dave from Cedar Falls, Iowa and Lori [Poduska] Day and her husband Jon from Chanhassen, MN. Jerry was Angela's soul mate and he will forever be in her heart. They created a warm and loving home for their family in Colorado and for everyone in Angela's family who came to live and visit. Angela and Gerald fed off each other's joy, and that joy illuminated him from the day they met. Jerry loved his daughter Jenny more than life itself. They were inseparable and had a father and daughter bond that was very special. He loved her husband Travis and often commented what a wonderful husband and father he was. Travis and Jenny blessed him with two beautiful granddaughters, Kayleen and Katelynn. He had a tremendous passion for sports. This cannot be overstated. You could count on him to know every stat about the Iowa State Cyclones, New York Yankees, Denver Broncos, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Colorado Avalanche. It is also important to note that Gerald had the answers for most coaching and referring errors in almost every professional sport. He loved to read biographies, he loved music, and he loved the movies. He was a consumer of our culture and his knowledge was deep enough that it was nearly impossible to win an argument with him, even if you were right. Jerry had a special way of adding joy to every moment. You could call him with a difficult issue and you would hang up laughing. He could change the outlook of your day in an instant. He was the "go to" person when you needed guidance and help. Most of all, he was the one in the family that made us smile and made us laugh. What a beautiful gift he gave to us each and every day. How blessed we are to have loved him and to have him love us. Those who wish may view Jerry between 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Bohlender Funeral Chapel. A Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Bohlender Funeral Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Blessed John 23 University Center, 1220 University Ave. Visit bohlenderfuneralchapel.com to view the full obituary and send condolences.

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Feb. 4, 2014
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