LT. COLONEL FRANK J. BOCHNOWSKI VENICE, FL
Lt. Colonel Frank J. Bochnowski, age 75, of Venice, FL passed away on April 21, 2014. He was born in Hammond, IN. Frank is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; his two daughters: Susan (Jack) Egan and Peggie Bochnowski (Peko Fuimano), both of Medford, NJ; a sister, Geri (Tom) Noel of Houston, TX; and two brothers: James (Janet) of Atherton, CA and John (Donna) of El Paso, TX. He is also survived by four loving grandchildren: Maggie, Matthew, Christopher, and Mark; along with many nephews and nieces. Known to his colleagues and many friends as "Buck," Frank was a graduate of the United States Military Academy and pursued a distinguished military career for 21 years. He successfully completed the Army's Airborne and Ranger schools and received numerous service decorations including multiple Bronze Stars during his tour of duty in Vietnam. His Army assignments included serving on the faculty at West Point, along with tours of duty in Germany, Vietnam, and Korea. Frank was also a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff School. During his last assignment as the Senior Advisor to the New York City National Guard, he successfully pursued a Masters of Business Administration and Law Degree from St. John's University as an evening division student. Following his retirement from the military, Frank returned to his native Northwest Indiana and opened a law practice. In 1984, he joined Peoples Bank as its General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and was instrumental in coordinating the Bank's initial public offering in 1984. He also developed the Bank's Trust Department, the fore runner to the current Wealth Management Group. Frank retired from his position as Executive Vice-President, General Counsel, Trust Officer and Corporate Secretary in December 2000. He served as a director of the Bank and its holding company, NorthWest Indiana Bancorp, from 1999 until his death. Throughout his career at the Bank, Frank applied his wit and wisdom to shape the direction of the Bank, contributing to its consistent recognition as a Top 200 Community Bank in America. He was an authentic leader with the natural ability to turn complex challenges into matter of fact strategic business decisions. He was not afraid to tackle challenges by engaging his colleagues in meaningful transparent discussions with positive results for the Bank's customers, community, and stakeholders. Frank will be missed by his family and friends and those in the Peoples Bank family who enjoyed his leadership and friendship. A funeral mass with full military honors will be held at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York on May 8, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Moffit Cancer Treatment Center in Tampa, Florida or the Florida Cancer Specialists in Venice, Florida.
Published in The Times from May 2 to May 4, 2014