Services for Frank E. Pajestka, Sr., will be Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Stephen Catholic Church, Salado at 9:00 am with Father Robert Kincl officiating.
Frank Emil Pajestka, Sr. passed away peacefully February 26, 2019 in a Temple hospital. Frank was born on February 25, 1927 to Karol (Charles) Pajestka and Emilie Nemec Pajestka off Sunshine Road in Holland, Texas. He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Salado, TX. He was an honorary member of the Granger Knights of Columbus council #4457 and a member of Holland SPJST Lodge #80. He was a dedicated bingo worker for over 35 years for both organizations.
He married the love of his life Helen Sirny Pajestka on September 4, 1948. They were blessed with two children: Frank Pajestka, Jr. and wife Risa of Holland and Monica McDougall and husband Jim of Temple. They were able to celebrate their 70h wedding anniversary in September 2018.
He is survived by his wife and children, and sister-in-law Blanche Pajestka of Bartlett. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Monica Ann Weir and husband Kenny of Magnolia, TX, Michelle Taylor and husband Scott of Shongaloo, LA, Kenneth Drake II of Temple, TX, Victoria Zajicek and husband Brad of Holland, TX, and Cyril Pajestka of Conroe, TX, plus, five great-grandchildren: Faith Clay of Shongaloo, LA, Kole Weir of Magnolia, TX, Hayden Taylor of Shongaloo, LA, Bethany Zajicek of Holland, TX and Baby Zajicek due in September 2019.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Joe Pajestka (Annie), and Charlie Pajestka; sisters: Cecilia Pavlat (Jerry), Rosie Pavlat (John), Betty Jarolik (Adolph), and Albina Pajestka.
Frank worked over 36 years for American Desk Manufacturing Company of Temple, TX as well as a part-time farmer. He loved gardening, harvesting, and good cooking. Despite only a fifth grade education, he had a gift for mathematics which was evident in his work with the various desks, tables, and radius tops the company manufactured; some used in college classrooms throughout the country.
He loved to spoil his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with cookies, candy, and other goodies. He was a veritable treasure trove of historical information about the local area and the people. He still spoke Czech on occasion and had a quick wit and a ready laugh. Retirement for him meant more time for family, gardening, and bingo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen Catholic Church Building Fund or the Holland Volunteer Fire Department.