Frank J. Hejny Jr., 88, banker, war veteran

February 26, 2005

Frank J. Hejny Jr., a retired banker and physical fitness enthusiast, died of pneumonia Feb. 17 at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 88 and a resident of Perry Hall.

Mr. Hejny was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute. During World War II, he served as an Army cryptographer in Panama, attaining the rank of sergeant.

He began his banking career in 1951 as treasurer of the old Bohemian American Federal Savings and Loan Association, where he became president and chairman of the board. He retired in 1983 but continued to serve on the board.

After its 2002 merger with Madison & Bradford Federal Savings and Loan, he sat on the board of the new bank, which operates under the name Madison Bradford/Bohemian American Savings Bank and has headquarters in Forest Hill.

For more than 70 years, he was a member of Sokol of Baltimore, a nonprofit organization founded in the 1870s by Czech immigrants to teach gymnastics. For more than 50 years, he was a member of a weekly duckpin bowling league that met at Seidel's Bowling Center on Belair Road.

Services were held Monday for Mr. Hejny, who moved from Hamilton to Perry Hall in 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Helen B. Opava; two daughters, Anita C. Scheuing of Parkville and Susan Hejny Elliott of Upper Marlboro; a brother, Jerry F. Hejny of Baltimore; two sisters, Marie Gruner of Rosedale and Helen Holland of Perry Hall; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.

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