Josephine M. Janowski, age 91, passed away peacefully at home in Chesterton,
Ind., on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
She was born on May 30, 1922, in New Durham Township, Westville, Ind. to
Theofil and Anna Bara Hycner, both of whom preceded her in death.
On October 11, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Otis, Ind., she married
Henry A. Janowski, who also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her two sons, Lawrence (Elaine) Janowski of Chesterton,
Ind., and Vincent Janowski; two daughters, Monica (David) Sherrard of
Atlanta, Ga., and Louann (Andrew) Katzmarek of Chesterton. Also surviving
are four granddaughters, Shannon (Sean) Sanders of Glendale, Ariz., Sarah
Janowski of Chesterton, Rebekah (Luis) Ramos Molina of Seoul, South Korea,
Laurin Katzmarek of Chesterton, one grandson, Brian Katzmarek of Valparaiso,
Ind., two great-grandchildren, Brielle and Ben Sanders of Glendale, Ariz.,
and two sisters, Frances Ostroski of LaPorte, Ind., and Ann Fedder, of Ft.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Thaddeus J. “Ted” and Chester
A Chesterton resident of 66 years, Mrs. Janowski, “Jo” to her friends, was a
member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where she volunteered on the funeral
luncheon committee for many years. She was noted for her baked beans and
berry pies. She was an accomplished organic gardener and started Wagon Wheel
Herbs to share her love of unusual varieties of herbs. She and her husband
Henry provided many families with sweet corn, tomatoes and vegetables from
their garden. Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Janowski was a telephone operator
at Indiana Bell in Michigan City. She served her country during WWII working
at the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant and as a W.A.V.E. in the U.S. Naval
Reserves. She served from 1944-1946 at USNAS Bunker Hill, Ind., and Grosse
Ile, Mich., as a central office operator. After marriage she devoted herself
to her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638
N. Calumet Rd, Chesterton, Ind., on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:00
a.m., with Father James Meade officiating. Burial will follow in the St.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at
the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton, Ind. A prayer
service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Share Foundation with the Handicapped, P.O.
Box 400 Rolling Prairie, IN, 46371 or the VNA Hospice of Porter County, 2401
Valley Dr. Valparaiso, IN, 46383.
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