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obit: Frank A. Cech

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  • Rosemary Ermis
    The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today in the St. Pius X Catholic Church for Frank A. Cech, 63, who founded the Safety Glass Co. The body will be at the
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      The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today in the St. Pius X Catholic Church for Frank A. Cech, 63, who founded the Safety Glass Co.
       
      The body will be at the church from 7:30 p.m. today until after Mass, which will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow.  The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Adams, pastor, will be celebrant.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, under the direction of Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Home.
       
      Cech died at about 10:45 p.m. Friday in a local hospital after a long illness.
       
      Cech and his father helped replace about three-fourths of the plate glass broken in Corpus Christi by the 1919 hurricane.
       
      In 1930 he founded the Safety Glass Co., which still has main offices at 412 S. Staples, and branch offices at Kingsville, Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo.
       
      When Cech moved to Corpus Christi with his parents in 1910 from Waco, the senior Cech set up a lumber and planning mill business.  He worked on such projects as the Princess Louise Hotel, the White Plaza, Robert Driscoll Hotel, Corpus Christi Cathedral, Miller High School and the Naval Air Station.
       
      Cech sold his mill, called F. G. Cech Co., to R. H. Hawn in 1943.  The business later became Hawn Sash & Door Co.
       
      Cech was conferred with the Knighthood of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Pius XII some years ago for his efforts in church and community activities.
       
      He was a native of Waco and was an Army veteran of World War II.  He graduated from Corpus Christi High School and attended Texas A&I.
       
      He had served as a director of First Savings & Loan Association since 1935.
       
      He was a member of the Flat Glass Marketing Association, Knights of Columbus Council 1202, Corpus Christi General Assembly Fourth Degree, and Baza Cavaran Order of the Alhambra.
       
      He made his home with his sister, Mrs. Charles Trefflichat 202 Cape Aaron.
       
      Other survivors include a nephew, Charles Trefflich III, and a niece, Mrs. Thomas Groner, both of Corpus Christi.
       
      In lieu of flowers, friends have been requested to donate to the Corpus Christi Minor Seminary for the education of young men for the priesthood.
       
      Pallbearers will be the Safety Glass Co. branch managers, Ruben Welsh of Laredo, Carl Steadman of McAllen, Larry Burkhart of Brownsville, Walter Boyer of Kingsville, J. B. Wilde and Pablo Morales, both of Corpus Christi.
       
      The Papal Knights and members of Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will serve as an honor guard.
       
      Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Sunday, February 4, 1968
       
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
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