Chet Podvoiskis died Dec. 13, 2006 at the age of 55 in Sun City Ariz.
Born in Canada, Mr. Podvoiskis spent much of his young life in New Zealand, returning to Canada as a young adult where he learned the craft of shoe making. He later moved to California and began working in the aerospace industry.
A diabetic since birth, Mr. Podvoiskis underwent one of the first double transplants performed in California, receiving a kidney and pancreas. His health began failing again in 2000 and he had struggled with ill health since that time.
Despite his illness, Mr. Podvoiskis was young at heart, a lover of music and films. His strength and will to survive has amazed and inspired his family and friends for years.
Mr. Podvoiskis is a beloved son to Ona and late Frank Podvoiskis, brother and brother-in-law to David and Lisa Podvoiskis of Pine, Al and Linda of Christchurch, New Zealand, much-loved uncle of Gabrielle Podvoiskis and Roselea and Dean Paterson of Christchurch.
Services to be held Friday, Dec. 22nd in El Mirage, Ariz.