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Mr. Albert Joseph "A.J." Bodker

Mr. Albert Joseph "A.J." Bodker
  • October 16, 1929 - October 22, 2021
  • Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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I am honored and proud to have had Mr. Bodker as both my principal and first boss. I worked for him as a custodian from 1971-1974 while I attended Ponchatoula High. I am proud to claim him as my first of four Christian Mentors in my life. In him I saw strength, courage, and work ethic. For ever missed but never forgotten. Love Jim Smith, Graduated 1974.

Posted by: Jimmie Smith - Brandon, MS - Student   Nov 29, 2021

Mr. Bodker was my principal at Ponchatoula High School. I was a Business, Mathematic, & Social Studies teacher at Ponchatoula High School for 14 years. He was the second principal I worked for; by far, the best I encountered during my 39 years working in 3 parishes. He left his imprint,of striving for excellence, on everyone who worked for him. Mr. Bodker will be sorely missed.

Posted by: Nae Vernon - Baket, LA - Coworker   Nov 14, 2021

I'm sorry to hear of Mr AJ's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Posted by: Ann Thibodeaux - Hammond, LA - Friend   Oct 27, 2021

Prayers for the family and so many close friends. A.J. loved doing whatever he could to help in the community. I am proud to know him from First Presbyterian Church in Ponchatoula.

Posted by: alan juderjahn - LA - Friend   Oct 27, 2021

My prayers are with the family at this time.

Posted by: Percy Donald - Hammond, LA   Oct 26, 2021

A. J. was such a special person! He loved his family, friends and church. We will miss him so much.

Posted by: Ann Poche - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   Oct 26, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. A.J.'s passing. He was a great and kind person who truly understood his students and he always greeted you with his wonderful smile. Your entire family is in my thoughts.

Posted by: Caryn (Larrieu) Schoeffler - PONCHATOULA, LA - Student   Oct 25, 2021

I met Mr. AJ while working in the Education department at Southeastern. I am so sorry to hear of his passing - he was an extraordinary man who did so much for our communities.

Posted by: Pam Bentivegna - Hammond, LA   Oct 25, 2021

One of my favorite memories (along with his teaching eighth-grade Science, being in congregation when I've filled in at First Presbyterian, and later years table-sharing at Rotary) has to do with his knowledge of car mechanics.
I was trying out a vehicle and valued his opinion. He not only came over after Rotary meeting, looked under the hood, but CRAWLED UNDER the car to check thoroughly!
And that wasn't many years ago!

Posted by: Kathryn Martin - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   Oct 25, 2021

Lots of good memories of Pop (Bert) and Mr A.J. growing up. Those two friends always working on some projects in town or down the river.

He and Pop always trying to one up each other on what they caught on the trot line or in the lake.

I still have an old log splitter they built together from an ATT trencher. One supplied the trencher, one the Onan motor and a third the piston.

What a great life and an amazing man.

Posted by: Chris Disher - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   Oct 25, 2021