My husband and I had the great pleasure in meeting Frank when I was selling tickets for the Merrillville VFW and he readily bought one and WON! After that we continued our friendship always listening to him boast about his (2) sons that he was very proud of. Please continue to work hard, play hard and pray hard for he will be looking down on you both for were the twinkle in his eyes when he spoke of you two! We were sorry to have missed his special farewell but will forever remember his smiles, hugs, kisses and fun stories. It was a pleasure knowing such a pleasant and caring person that was proud of his family and told us it was because of his own Parents that guided him with good morals and lots of Love!
My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Podkul family. Frank and I went to St. Mary's grade school and Bishop Noll together and had kept in touch over the years. He was always such a great friend with a vibrant personality. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Always our Champ
from Michael, Andrea, Lisa and Jackie Bennett.
To Frank's family, may Peace cup your heart and hold it gently.
To The Podkul Family We Extend Our Deepest Sympathies And Sincerest Condolences On Your Sudden And Tragic Loss. Frank Was A Fantastic Caring & Giving Next Door Neighbor. We Are Sure Frank Is Now In Heaven ~ Wearing His Shorts! You Are All In Our Thoughts & Prayers...
My deepest sympathy to Frank's family and friends.
John Smith - Wabash College
To the Family of Frank Podkul. I am so sorry for your loss. My Condolences to you all. Frank always took the time to greet me each day at work. We talked about sports and he was excited when my daughter was selected as the Girls Basketball Coach @ BNI. After the games he would have already read the newspaper articles and tell me what a great job the coach and team did. My prayers are with the family.
-Linda @ Purdue Calumet
Frank touched so many lives, including ours. We are happy to have called him friend. We will continue to remember him and his family in our prayers.
The Patrick Ellis Family
Throughout the baseball season, your positive attitude picked me up when I was down. It gave me the strength to move forward. You influenced my life Coach. Today, I too have a positive attitude. But instead of using it to get through the baseball season, I now use it to get through life. Thank you.
BNI Class of 1987
BNI Baseball 1984-87
Please accept our deepest sympathy. May he rest in Peace. Frank will be missed by all who knew him.
Dear Donna and all of Frank's family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Frank's death. It seems like yesterday we were kids attending BNI. I will always remember Frank for his sense of humor. He was friendly to everyone - it didn't matter where you were from or who you "hung" around with. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Karen Zagrocki McDonald (BNI '72)
To the Podkul Family,
Anyone who knew Frank knew what a wonderful person he was. There are so many words that could describe him, passionate, caring, considerate, intense, witty, insightful, and many more. I, along with so many more will miss having Frank around. He made an impact, he changed people's lives for the better.
To the Podkul Family,
Coach Podkul positively influenced countless number of individuals. We are sorry for your loss, but please know the lessons he taught were not just applicable to sports but carry with us all in life.
The Glombicki Family
Frank helped me rebuild the Whiting Chamber of Commerce. Great guy, great loss.
Deepest sympathies and prayers. Frank was a wonderful associate at PUC.
"There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living; they light the way for humankind." ~ Hannah Senesh
Frank is such a man as this and it's been the greatest joy of my life to know and love and be known and loved by him.
Fly around and have some fun, my love!
To the Podkul family. My heartfelt condolences on your loss.
Thank you coach for being so hard on me.. I didn't understand it then but now I do, it helped to make me a better me.. Our state backfield would not have been what it was without you.. Always #9 aka Burnt Toast... Class of 91
My sympathy to the Podkul family. You are in my thoughts.
THANK YOU FOR THE THINGS YOU DID FOR MY FAMILY. WORKS COULD NEVER EXPRESS THE ENDLESS KINDNESS YOU SHOWED MY DAUGHTER.
YOU WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN YOUR HEARTS LOVE CHRISTINA & DEBBIE CALDWELL
Deepest Sympathy to the Podkul family, Frank as a young man was already a leader, much admired by his teammates.
I had the good fortune to spend my Wabash College years as a friend of Frank. I will long and fondly remember those days. I offer my sincere condolesences to his family.
To an amazing teacher may you rest in peace and may your children find comfort and inspiration to be the best they can be in your honor.
Rest in peace to a wonderful PUC associate.
We lost a good person and a good friend. I was fortunate to attend BNI's 40th reunion last October and have penty of time to get caught up with Frank. He seemed content, optimistic and proud of his baseball playing sons. Sad for this sudden and early loss. Encourage his sons to keep playing hard. Frank would have.
Bishop Noll Institute mourns the loss of a cherished alumnus, teacher, administrator, coach and friend.
Safe home Frank.....May the angels lead you into paradise.
~Bishop Noll Institute
As an area softball umpire it was always a pleasure to work Frank's games. He always treated his officials with the upmost respect. He will be missed by the softball community and by the officials of the LCAOA.
Coach was always dedicated to all of his students welfare,his accolades will be
As you would show your appreciation and recognition of accomplishment, tip of the hat to you Frank. Rest in Peace and may your family find consolation in their loss