Walter Francis Podgorski

April 1, 1927August 18, 2012

Walter Francis Podgorski, 85, passed away August 18, 2012. Walter lived in Germantown, Tennessee for 40 years. Walter was a graduate of the College of Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He received his Master’s degree from Stephens Institute of Engineering in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was a licensed engineer. Mr. Podgorski served in the U.S. Navy in the special V12 program during World War II. Mr. Podgorski is survived by his wife of 62 years Rachel Rae Podgorski; five sons Dr. Steven (Dr. Donna Bratton) Podgorski of Littleton, Colorado, Dr. Gary (Beidy) Podgorski of Columbia, Tennessee, Kenneth (Becky) Podgorski of Knoxville, Tennessee, Wayne (Darnelle) Podgorski of Cordova, Tennessee, and Mark Alan (Angie) Podgorski or Knoxville, Tennessee; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren,and his sister Mrs. Jayne Brozowski of Wayne, New Jersey . The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 21 from 5PM – 7PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens at 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119. A funeral mass will be on Wednesday, August 22 beginning at 10AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church located at 8151 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, TN 38138. Walter was a loving husband, father and grandfather who always strived to guide his children and grandchildren. Online condolences and floral tributes may be made by visiting


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 21, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Walter Francis Podgorski

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Nick Andrews

August 24, 2012

Dr. GP, May God be with you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Hillside Medical Imaging Staff

August 23, 2012

Dr. Podgorski, Beidy and family, We were saddened to hear of the loss of Mr. Podgorski. May you find peace in the wonderful memories of his lifetime and the love and kindness that he shared with all of you. Hillside Hospital Medical Imaging Staff.

Richard Nieskens

August 23, 2012

Dear Aunt Rae and Boys,

So sorry to hear of Uncle Walt's passing. I'm praying for him and for you at this difficult time.


Bob & Zofia Schmidt

August 22, 2012

Walter always had a smile on his face and cheer in his voice whenever he greeted us. We will sorely miss that. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends. We have all lost something very nice.

Gary Brozowski

August 22, 2012

The Podgorski Family,

Just wanted to let you know that I share in your sorrow for the loss of Uncle Walt. As you all know he was very influential in my early years in steering me down the right road. I will never forget him for that and he will always have a special place in my heart.

Carol Welch

August 21, 2012

Dr. Podgorski and Beidy,
May God comfort you as only He can. We were saddened to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Valerie Taylor

August 21, 2012

Mark -- My heart goes out to you and your family. The loss of a parent is so difficult; deepest sympathies.

ann forsyth

August 21, 2012

Dear Rae and family -
I just read of your Walter's passing this morning!! What a wonderful and successful man he was!! Those successes, his lovely family and his personal love of the Lord will help the angels fly him Heavenward to be greeted by his loving Lord and Savior. May Walter rest in peace, my dear friend, and may you and your beautiful family enjoy the many fond memories you shared together for many years.
With love and prayers -
Ann Forsyth, Germantown, TN

Doug Wilson

August 21, 2012

Mark,pleaseaccept our sorrow. May the Lord bless and keep your entire family during this trying time.

Jaimie Anderson

August 21, 2012

Please know that we are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.