Robert (Bob) J.
Ponda, Sr., age 76 of Union Mills (formerly of Burns Harbor) passed away on
March 19, 2020.
He was born on
September 10, 1943, to Manuel and Charlotte Ponda (Szostek) in Gary, IN.
On August 3, 1968,
he married Gayle Gibson. Robert and Gayle lived in Burns Harbor where they
raised their three children.
Bob is survived by
sons, Robert Ponda, Jr., Vincent (Michelle) Ponda; daughter, Tracy Cady;
sisters, Betty (Bob, deceased) Cleek, Rosemary (Lee, deceased) Bozan, Anna
(Jerome, deceased) Caldwell, Charlotte (Rick) Buckingham, Debbie (Ben) Hymes;
brothers, David (Kathy) Ponda, Richard (Linda) Ponda and brother-in-law
Mickey Gibson. Also left behind are Papaw's precious grandchildren, Robert
J. Ponda, III, Elizabeth Richter, Joseph, Nicholas and Marguerite Ponda,
Nathan and Matthew Cady. Papaw considered all his grandchildren his pride
and joy. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren and many loving
nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews. He loved all of them dearly.
Bob was preceded in
death by his parents; the love of his life, Gayle; siblings, Cookie, Angie,
Leona, Mickey, Dominick and Angelo.
He attended school
at Wirt High School in Miller, IN. Robert worked as an Iron Worker for Local
395 International Steel Workers. Bob also worked for Landmark Signs. During
his retirement he worked for Seniors Helping Seniors, he was a grounds
keeper for Union Mills Cemetery. Bob was a jack of all trades and helped
everyone and anyone in need. Bob was master gardener and kept his family and
friends supplied with corn, tomatoes, peppers and onions, etc. He enjoyed
going to his grandchildren's baseball games and enjoyed attending his
grandchildren's and nieces school functions. He was an avid coin collector,
and he enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels cars. He also enjoyed coaching for
Liberty Rec Baseball when his kids were younger. In his retirement, he liked
to meet his buddies for breakfast at the local truck stops. He will be
greatly missed by his baby girl Chica (his Chihuahua).
A memorial service
will be held at a later date.
handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN.
to the family may be made at www.ee-fh.com.