Rudy Podzuck

May 14, 2020 8 Condolences Print Obituary

Rudy Podzuck, 81, of St. Albert, Alberta, passed away on May 12, 2020 from complications of diabetes and heart disease. His immediate family was privileged to be with him on his last day.

Rudy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gerda, daughter Doreen, son Ralph (partner Daniel), daughter Monica, brother Sigfried (Fern), and three nieces. There were many wonderful people in his life that he counted as family.

He is pre-deceased by his parents, Hilde (nee Welke) and Emil, a brother who passed before Rudy was born, and a dear uncle, August.

Rudy was born in 1938 in Klein Budschen, East Prussia, now Germany. He immigrated with his mother, brother, and uncle to Canada in 1954 and became a citizen on February 15, 1961. In 1959, Rudy attended CTI, a bible school, and developed deep beliefs that were always visible in how he lived his life. He looked after his family working diligently in his lumber mill and he relished his occupation.

He was a kind and generous man, not just towards his family but to anyone in need for which he could provide assistance. He donated his blood throughout his life, and gave his time to many church causes. He was instrumental in organizing a more modern mode of shipping donations to Africa with White Cross. He and Gerda journeyed twice to Romania with relief goods and supplies to a sister church, which was also the beginning stages of establishing a seminary. As a result of his generous nature and unique personality, he made many friends that were near to his heart over his lifetime.

The family wants to express their appreciation to all of the doctors and nurses and caregivers who assisted with his care over the past year, all of whom were compassionate, kind, and caring.

A celebration of Rudy’s life will be held at Central Baptist Church. A date will be announced.

Memorial donations can be made to White Cross, which is being administered by Taylor College & Seminary located at 11525 - 23 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6J 4T3.

  1. I’ll always have fond memories of Uncle Rudy. Kindness and great sense of humour top the list. Condolences to family and all those who love him.

  2. Rudy was one of a kind – in the best way possible. You don’t meet such generous, life affirming, kind, good hearted people like Rudy and Gerda very often in life. He got me my first ‘real’ job at a pallet factory, as well as many of my young friends as well. Such a positive life force, he will not be forgotten, and always cherished in our memories.

  3. My heart goes out to all of you. He was a wonderful person that words could cannot express without sounding like platitudes. The world is a lesser place without him.

  4. I knew Mr. Podzuck from my days at Central Baptist Church. He was a kind, friendly person, who exuded joy to the extent that when he smiled, it lit up his entire face. I can even picture him looking like that now, and that’s how’ll I’ll be remembering him. Except now that he’s in heaven, I’m sure his smile will be even brighter.

  5. THANKS Mr. Rudy Podzuck !!

    For being Friends and giving Me ” Robert ” Rides too Church in the 1990’s and It was ALWAYS Appreciated and our Chats and PRAYERS too and I’m THANKFUL For You , Gerda and Your Families for Meeting You all since the Late 1980’s and Being Friends Over the Year’s again and SORRY for Your Loss Podzuck Families and Friends like Myself and PEACE , VIRTUAL HUGS and Most Love and PRAYERS Daily till We meet Again and REST In PEACE and PRAYERS Daily for Everyone Left Behind !!

    THANKS YES THANKS again Mr. Rudy Podzuck for being a FRIEND !!

    GRACE and Peace daily

    Mr. Robert Soloview

  6. Hallo Gerds, wir sind bestürzt über das Ableben von Rudy und drücken Dir unsere herzlichste Anteilnahme aus!
    Liebe Grüsse Irene und Karlheinz Daugs aus Germany!

  7. So saddened to hear about your loss this week. My love and prayers go out to you today. I have such great memories of spending time with all of you. They include a lot of laughter. Mr Podzuck had the best dad jokes and even when he was teasing, you knew he just wanted to see you laugh. May Gods comfort and love fill you today.

  8. Dear Gerda and family,
    Because of living so many miles apart, we have, sadly, not always kept in close touch over the years. Please do know, though, that you and Rudi were not forgotten and we treasure memories of the times when we were able to get together. When we think of Rudi, we remember his big smile, his laughter, and his gentle and kind heart. I hope you know how very special you both were to my parents also, and they were always glad for opportunities to keep in touch with you. We are now very saddened to get the news of Rudi’s passing, and we want to send you and the family our deepest sympathies on your great loss. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you and grant you peace during this very sad time. And, Gerda, may beautiful memories of 57 years together help to sustain you as you mourn.
    We send you our love and condolences, Christa and Arlo Grenz

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