Newspaper Article/Joint Death Notice - Frank F. and Emma Hajek Pechacek
- Newspaper Article/Joint Death Notice of Frank F. and Emma Hajek
13 Dec 1968
Lonesome Whistle Sound Joins Farmer With Wife
By NAT HENDERSON
FLATONIA - A passenger train will rumble through Flatonia Wednesday
morning just as it has passed for many decades, but an 85-year-old
rural mail carrier will not hear the lonesome sound that became too
lonely for him to hear last week.
The sounds from the trains were among the many things shared by Frank
and Emma Pechacek as they passed through 60 years of married life
But the 79-year-old wife of the retured postman walked down the road
to her mailbox to post some letters Friday morning. She apparently
did not hear the sound of the train as she crossed the tracks on her
way back home.
And Pechacek was left without the woman who had borne him six sons
since the church bells rang for them when they were young.
Saturday passed - and the trains passed - and Sunday arrived with a
lone bell tolling for the last time for Mrs. Pechacek at her funeral
mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Monday arrived, and the clock was about to strick 10 a.m. It was the
hour that the train struck Mrs. Pechacek, killing her instantly.
The old postman, sitting alone with six decades of memories of his
wife, heard the fatal sound of the train approaching on the same old
Before the clickety-click became inaudible, he suffered a stroke.
The next two hours were spent without his wife caring for him as she
had always done when he was in pain.
And, he passed on like the trains.
Mr. and Mrs. Pechacek are survived by their sons, Frank and John
Pechacek of Flatonia, Raymond Pechacek of Houston, Ernest Pechacek of
Fort Worth, George Pechacek of Llano and Emil Pechacek of Montana.
They had 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Pechacek is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Adolph Bohuslav
and Mrs. Julius Kutac, both of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Oscar Hanna of
Pechacek is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Emma Michal of Flatonia and
Mrs. Mary Haanna of Moulton.
The train will be arriving Wednesday in Flatonia about the time
mourners attend services for Pechacek at Smith Funeral Home. The
services begin at the funeral home at 10 a.m.
The funeral will continue at Sacred Heart Church at 10:30 a.m. After
the requiem mass, the body will be taken to the Catholic Cemetery,
where Pechacek will join his wife again.