obit: Pauline Janek Barth Flewelling
- Pauline Janek Barth Flewelling
Corpus Christi, TX
Pauline Janek , lovingly known as Polly Flewelling, age 88, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012 and left to join her Lord and family and friends in her heavenly home.
She was born on November 10, 1925, to Victor and Frances Machacek Janek on a farm in Hill County, Texas, near Penelope. She attended a two-room school house through the sixth grade and then graduated from Penelope High School in 1943. She attended Jackson Business School in Lampasas, Texas, and in July 1944 went to work as a secretary at Tank Destroyer Headquarters in Camp Hood, Texas. She met her first husband, Sgt. Howard E. Barth at Camp Hood, and they married in September 1945. They had two sons and two daughters. They were married 26 years and then divorced. In 1946-49, she worked as a secretary to Police Chiefs Earl C. Dunn and Roy Lay. In 1972, she became the secretary for the newly formed Nueces County Organized Crime Control Unit. She resigned after nine years to spend more time with her family. This was the most interesting job in her years of working for the public.
In 1974, she married William A. Flewelling. They spent many happy hours at their Duval County ranch, enjoying their children, grandchildren, and ranch neighbors. Polly was a member of First Presbyterian church for many years, a member of the Golden Circle Sunday School Class and the Garden Club. She planted the first three roses in what later became the Memorial Rose Garden. She enjoyed hunting, bird watching, and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings: her oldest son, Hank Barth and stepson, Jim Flewelling and in August 2007, her husband Bill Flewelling. Had Bill lived to December 21st, they would have been married 33 years.
She is survived by her son, Stephen H. Barth (Boo); daughters: Stephanie Barth Fish (J.D.) and Cheryl Barth Bustillos (Jody), stepson, Michael R. Flewelling (Jan), and daughter-in-law, Ginger Flewelling-Leeds (Phil) and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to the First Presbyterian Church Garden Club or a favorite charity.
Family will receive friends from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Reid Chapel located in Seaside Memorial Park.
Graveside services will be held at Seaside Memorial Park at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday. April 25, 2012.
To view tributes, visit www.corpuschristifh.com.
I have been through the valley of sorrow and weeping,The valley of trouble and pain;But the "God of all comfort," the "God of all comfort,"Was with me to hold and sustain.Frank and Flora Jean Garlock
Originally published Monday, April 23, 2012
Corpus Christi Caller