FRANK J. PODKUL SCHERERVILLE, IN Frank J. Podkul, age 59, passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. He is survived by two sons: Frank and Nicholas; father, Frank Podkul of East Chicago; sister, Donna (Douglas) Pearson of Schererville; nephew, Douglas Pearson Jr. of Los Angeles, CA; and his Jackdog. Also survived by numerous aunts and cousins. Frank was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Jean Podkul; grandparents: Stanley and Mary Podkul, and Nick and Jeanette Palla; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. Frank graduated from Bishop Noll and Wabash College. He taught and coached football ('89 State Champs) and softball at Bishop Noll. At Andrean High School, Frank served as Athletic Director, Development Director, golf coach, and varsity softball coach ('98 and '07 State Champs). After leaving Andrean, he became the Development Director at Elgin Academy and then Purdue University
Calumet. Frank received many local, state, and national coaching honors and awards including Softball Coach of the Year multiple times. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home
, 7607 W. Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30 east of Cline Ave.), Schererville, IN. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral chapel followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 11000 W. 133rd, Cedar Lake, IN (one block east of Rt. 41) with Rev. Ed Tlucek officiating. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given toward a college fund for Frank and Nick at Chase Bank, c/o Jackie Wieser, 9600 Wicker Ave., St. John, IN 46373. Frank will always be remembered not only by his student-athletes, but by all who were fortunate to have known him. He will be dearly missed.