Joseph John Janikowski died at the Sauer Memorial Home in the company of his loving family on January 8, 2013, at the age of 99.
He was born on December 30, 1913, in Winona, Minn., to Alex and Nellie Janikowski. Joe was a graduate of Cotter High School and served in the U.S. Army. He fought in World War II from 1941 to 1945; as a corporal he was stationed both in the United States and in Europe, assigned to an anti-aircraft gun unit. After returning to Winona, he married Irene Helen Merchlewitz on May 13, 1946, at St. Stanislaus Church where he and his family were members.
Joe lived in Winona his entire life and was employed for many years by Behren’s Manufacturing as a punch press operator. He was a lifetime member of the Winona Athletic Club, the American Legion, and was an avid golfer at the Westfield Golf Course, where he was widely known and loved. In 2010, he participated in the Freedom Honor Flight program and flew to Washington, D.C. to view the World War II Memorial, along with other veterans from that conflict. In his younger years, he played baseball, fished, and coached the St. Stan’s softball team. His beloved Green Bay Packers were a source of joy and frustration throughout his entire life, a condition he passed on to some of his children. In his later years, he met a great group of friends several days a week for coffee at Hardees.
He is survived by his wife, Irene, and six children: Roger (Patty), Gary, Becky Skorpak (Dan), Tim (Christine), Julie Jennison (Bill), and Jean Burns (Jeff). He had eight grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his siblings: Dan, Fred, Josephine (Frey), Edwin, and Richard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka. The Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Hargesheimer will officiate.
Following the Mass, a luncheon will be served in the parish hall of the Basilica.
Joe will be laid to rest in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Visitation will be held at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka on Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 1 p.m. until time of the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that memorials be considered to the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, or to Winona Area Hospice Services.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Joe’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
Entrusted to our care – Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.