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Norbert James Podawiltz

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Norbert James Podawiltz , 87,of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013.

He was born May 18, 1926, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to Elsie Exner and Russell Brady.

Norbert attended S.S. Peter and Paul grade School and graduated in 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nov. 16, 1943. Norbert attended Miami University School for Bakers and Cooks in Oxford, Ohio. In June of 1944, he entered the Submarine Service in New London, Conn. He was then transferred to the submarine base at Pearl Harbor. Norbert serviced proudly until June of 1946. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, Norbert graduated from Oakland High in Oakland, Calif., then the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., with a BBA degree in marketing and law.

In 1953, Norbert married Joanne Waltman, a nurse from Evansville, Ind. In 1957, they bought a 38 foot Coast Guard boat and took it to Miami, Fla., via the Mississippi River. In 1975, he received a BS degree in nursing from Idaho State University. For about 13 years, they lived in Butte, Mo., and retired in Bainbridge in 2004.

He is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Joanne Waltman Podawiltz of Bainbridge; his cousin, Bob (Shirley) Exner of Wisconsin Rapids; sister-in-law, Audrey (Allen)Fetscher of Evansville; niece, Leighann (Eddie) Drake, and children, Nicholas and Mackenzie of Evansville; and faithful companions, Blackie and Rusty.

There will be a graveside service held in Wisconsin Rapids, Ws. at a later date. On-line condolences may be sent at

Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home.

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