obit: Frankie Edward Hyzak
Frankie E. Hyzak, beloved husband, father, son, brother, nephew, uncle, and friend, age 63, died Saturday evening, Feb. 28, 2004, in Austin, Texas, after a brief illness.
Frankie was born Dec. 28, 1940, to John F., Jr. and Cecilia M. (Dykowski) Hyzak and grew up on a farm east of Granger. Frankie attended SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Grade School in Granger and graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Taylor in 1959.
After graduation, he earned an electronics degree from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Ill., and additional certification from Austin School of Electronics. Frankie also served in the U.S. Army from 1963 through 1966 and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, from where he was able to experience much of Europe.
Upon return from service, Frankie was employed at Infotronics Corporation in Austin. On June 2, 1968, he married Annie Straka of Jarrell at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Soon after, Frankie transferred to a job at Columbia Scientific Industries (CSI) in Austin where he was employed for 26 years. Upon retirement from CSI in 1997, Frankie worked as a consultant for Arthur D. Little Corporation, later TIAX, of Cambridge, Mass.
He continued to provide technical assistance on specialized equipment called the Accelerating Rate Calorimeter (ARC) through January, 2004.
Frankie was a man of many gifts who served others well through his involvement with church and community.
He was a third degree member of the Granger Council of the Knights of Columbus (KC); captain of Austin Aqua Festival's Czech Night in 1979 and 1980; a member of the St. Louis Men's Club, having served as president for 3 years; a member of St. Stephen's KJT Society # 112 (Catholic Union of Texas) in which he was Fraternalist of the Year in 2003, having served as vice president for 3 years and this year was elected president; and involved with NACA, North Austin Civic Association.
Frankie was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church serving as Eucharistic Minister and Acolyte for over 20 years, as well as visiting sick and homebound parishioners, making many friends along the way.
He knew no stranger, whether it was in his role as Acolyte at St. Louis, while on business trips throughout the country, or journeys abroad.
Frankie also showed his talent through the things he made and was a real Mr. Fix-It, renewing anything upon which he laid his hands. He loved to dance a polka or a waltz and had a great sense of humor. Frankie was a man with a heart of gold who lived life well serving God through his interactions with the people around him and will be sorely missed by many. Frankie will live in our hearts forever.
Frankie was preceded in death by his father John Hyzak and Annie's parents, Louis and Agnes Straka.
Frankie is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Annie M. Hyzak, a son Michael, and a daughter Michelle, all of Austin. He is also survived by his devoted mother, Cecilia (Hyzak) Provaznik of Granger, brothers Bernard and Patrick of Taylor, and sisters, Florence Neal of Rosanky, Georgia Ann Williams of Round Rock, Theresa Pokorny of Taylor, Patsy Stefek of Granger, and Elizabeth Clark of Austin, as well as their close families.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, with recitation of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd. in Austin. Visitation may also be made from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 4.
A con-celebrated Mass of Resurrection will be offered by Rev. Larry Covington, Monsignor Edward Matocha, Monsignor Louis Wozniak and the Rev. Ed Karasek at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 4, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road in Austin.
A reception luncheon will follow the Mass at the St. Louis Parish Wozniak Hall. Interment services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, Corn Hill.
Honoring Mr. Hyzak as pallbearers will be Edward Neal, Jr., Brian Averitt representing Clay Williams, Randy Hyzak, Dwayne Hyzak, Danny Stefek, Jr., Jonathan Hyzak and Don and Paul Straka.
Honorary pallbearers will be Acolytes of St. Louis Catholic Church, Members of St. Stephen's KJT Society No. 112 and Members of The Happy Czech Singers.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for memorial contributions to be made to the St. Louis Catholic Church Building Fund, the St. Louis School Trust Fund or a charity of your choice in Frankie's name.
The family thanks the staff of North Austin Medical Center and those who lent support during Frankie's illness.
Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78752, (512) 454-5611
Taylor Daily Press - (Mar/5/2004)