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Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame

Frank Seminara 
Inducted 4/96

To his family and friends, Frank Seminara was Mr. Credit Union. His first love was creating credit unions and helping those who organized credit unions.

Frank Seminara was a very active individual in the local credit union movement that began in the 1950s. He founded four credit unions: Typographical Credit Union, Inland Press Credit Union, All Saints Parish Credit Union and the Southwest Chicago Chapter Credit Union. He served as president of each credit union at one time or another. These were joyous moments for him.

Frank was a member of the board of the Illinois Credit Union League and served as chair from 1963 to 1965. Always proactive, he was very active on several committees.

Seminara was also involved as a union representative in the printers' union of which he was a member. He was a printer by trade and later was a salesperson in the printing industry, retiring at the age of 65.

Frank was a self-made individual. At the age of five, Frank left his home in Palermo, Italy. He immigrated to the United States with his family. His father died when he was young, requiring him to assume the role of family provider. Frank accepted these responsibilities willingly. Although he could no longer attend school regularly, he continued to educate himself.

Frank lived on the same street as the late Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. Shortly after he married, he bought a home on Lowe, where he remained until his death in 1986 at the age of 76. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, All Saints Catholic Church and the Printers Bowling League.

Seminara was active in the Southwest Chicago Chapter that later changed its name to the Seminara-Jackson Chapter to honor both individuals, who were friends in the credit union movement. Today we honor the memory of a true organizer and friend of credit unions by inducting Frank Seminara into the Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame.


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