Frank Vozak VOZAK

Profile Updated: May 28, 2023
Frank Vozak
Residing In: Oak Park, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Terrie A. Rymer
Occupation: Retired licensed clinical social worker; Retired Army MAJ
Children: None
Military Service: Army-Retired from Army Reserve as MAJOR  
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Since graduation I completed my Masters in Social Work at Saint Louis University
I served as a Social Work Officer in the US Army for 20 years: 2 Active and 18
Reserve retiring in 1994 at the Rank of MAJOR. I worker for 44 years as a Clinical Social Worker at Hines VA Hospital, outside of Chicago. I worked as a medical social worker then as the Social Worker then as a Psychiatric/Substance Abuse Social Worker then as an AIDS /HIV Social Worker and ended by career as a Geriatric Social Worker retiring in 2017. I worked a second part time career as an Emergency Room Social Worker at Loyola University Medical Center and retired from there after 25 years in 2015. I am highly credentialed with a State of Illinois and National Board Certified in Clinical Social Work and recently retired Certifications in Substance Abuse Counselling and Gender Therapy. My big passion is model railroading and I am the long time President of the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers and I have three layouts in my base. After not playing the bass guitar for 45 years I started again and play weekly with the Oak Park Farmer's Band-----an interesting group of musicians/singers in which during the summer any interested musician can walk in and join the circle playing bluegrass/roots/country/folk music. It is really amazing how much you can learn from quality fellow musicians. I have gained a new appreciation for a wide variety of music by playing songs as members of the band call out. e have a Facebook group which only has broadened the range of songs I appreciate. Though I no longer play violin there are a group of really talented fiddle players in our group. Many of you may remember my late father Frank Jr was a charter founding member of the Alton Civic Orchestra and I only wish he could have played in our fiddle section. My newest organization is The American Legion, which I joined when they opened up membership to Cold war veterans along with being a a life member of AMVETS and a regular member of Jewish war Vets and Military Officers Association as well as The American Legion. I continue to have small psychotherapy practice and periodically I get calls from VA patients and families and assist them with questions, issues and concerns that they have not gotten assistance with. Probably my greatest life achievement is that I used by knowledge of the VA system to help 33 vets with their applications for 100% Service Connected Disability as well as many others who qualified for Service Connected Disability with lower ratings

School Story:

I sincerely appreciate the high quality education that I received at Alton High. I worked really hard in high school which prepared me so well that honestly undergrad and grad school was easy. I graduated from Saint Louis University with a 3.74/4.o average. Mr Bruno, Mr Wools and Mr Conrady continue to remain in my mind today because I still use lessons learned from each of them. The one not so good thing about high school is that I had a back injury playing football in my sophomore year and it got better only to come back ion my late 50's. I have a whole volume of memories from high school in my head, both serious and funny
I happily attended Mc Kinley-Delmar School always hoping that I would get to go to Delmar since my grandparents' farm literally backed up to the Delmar playground in Godfrey but this never happened and then in fifth grade I got "promoted" to Mrs Burt's class which was not fun since she was so demanding but I have to admit that Mrs Burt's emphasis on penmanship incredibly improved my cursive,. And alas I never never escaped from accelerated classes for the rest of my time in Alton Public Schools. I attended West Junior and got my chance to be an athlete starting at center in football and throwing shotput and running 440 relay in track. Unfortunately everybody who went out for AHS football grew and I didn't so I quit football and wrestling after my sophomore year. All the more time to study!

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May 12, 2024 at 3:33 AM
May 10, 2024 at 12:04 AM

Happy 72nd to a very special friend and classmate and the best flute player that I have ever known, just edging out Charlies the flute player in my band

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Jan 15, 2024 at 1:14 PM

Did you ever work with my dad Frank H. Vozak Jr in the Shell Wood River Refinery Quality Control Lab. He worked in the section that did quality control on asphalt produced by the refinery and retired after 37 years around 1983

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Nov 06, 2023 at 12:38 PM

You had an amazing career, Aton's own Harry Carey and Jack Buck. Happy birthday. I am impressed to know someone who worked for KSHE and was part of the team on the Chase and Sanborne radio team.

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Nov 06, 2023 at 6:23 PM

Posted on: Nov 06, 2023 at 12:33 PM

Happy birthday muskie. Great to see a great guy having a birthday

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Oct 05, 2023 at 10:18 AM

Happy birthday Larry. I am now playing bass guitar in the bass section (usually a bass viol and a bass guitar) of a semi formal community folk/roots band here in Oak Park. I have learned so much about folk band music theory from some pretty amazing bass viol players. We have had three bass viol players in our section along with two other bass guitar players each of whom I have learned very much from. Sadly my mentor died unexpectedly las year which remains both a friendship and musical loss. Our principal bass player is a Federal Court Judge in Chicago and is very serious about bass owning three bass viols and a bass guitar. His current bass that he uses is a 2/3 size bass made custom for him by one of the better bass viol luthiers in the country and is amazing in that though reduced sizi it produces fujll volujme

Oct 05, 2023 at 9:55 AM

Happy birthday David. I look back fondly at our friendship in school and now that I am again .playing bass guitar in a a roots/folk circle every week with some pretty amazing fiddlers and I Think of your raw tal0ent as a fiddler in high school.

Oct 02, 2023 at 1:59 PM

Happy birthday Remember MISTA WOOLS GONE BESERkK and unloading tuck after truck of toys including the very heavy box of modelling clay our boss thru you off the truck when wed were opening that discount store

Oct 02, 2023 at 12:40 PM

happy birthday. Sounds like you have made a great career in faith and music

Sep 08, 2023 at 10:03 AM
Sep 07, 2023 at 12:56 PM

happy birthday

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Posted on: Sep 06, 2023 at 10:15 PM

Happy birthday You are one of the few people I know who still looks like they did in high school

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Posted on: Sep 01, 2023 at 9:14 PM

Happy birthday to one of my favorite McKinley Schoolmates

Sep 01, 2023 at 9:13 PM

happy birthday great life philosophy