POBUDA, Commander Louis F., USN Ret.
Commander Louis F. Pobuda, USN Ret., 92, of Windsor, beloved husband of Leona (Czarnecke) Pobuda, passed away on Tuesday (December 30, 2008), at St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Chicago, IL on January 19, 1916 to the late Nick and Barbara (Hilbert) Pobuda. Lou retired after 22 distinguished years as a Commander in the US Navy a Veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served on the USS Texas and USS Arkansas during World War II, and was the recipient of several medals and commendations during his career, including recognition of his bravery and valor in saving the USS Arkansas from certain destruction due to a mechanical malfunction with the ship's generator. He was involved with many convoys bringing supplies to England in preparation for the European Invasion. He was present at the invasion of Normandy and the enormity of the undertaking was never lost on him throughout his life. He also participated in the North African Campaign and the invasion of Iwo Jima. Upon retiring from the Navy he was employed at Combustion Engineering and then General Electric from which he retired in 1981. Lou was an industrious person at home, building garages and porches, and an inventor who was proud to be able to construct something for the desired task instead of purchasing it. He also enjoyed gardening and being outside, preferring to relax on the porch instead of in front of a television. He was a Communicant of St. Gabriel Church in Windsor, a member of Windsor Elks Lodge #2060 BPOE, and the Polish National Home in Hartford and Windsor Locks. In addition to his wife Leona he is survived by his daughters Joyce Christensen and her husband Howard of Manchester; Eileen Pobuda of Los Angeles, CA; four grandchildren, Lisa DiBella and her husband Steve, Anders Christensen, Robia Rashid and her husband Michael Oppenhuizen, Jahan Rashid, a special niece, Mary Alice Herman, as well as many other nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 3, 1 p.m. at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave, Windsor. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery. His family will receive friends on Friday, January 2, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations in Lou's memory may be made to the Windsor Volunteer Ambulance, PO Box 508, Windsor, CT 06095. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome .com