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Sylvester G. "Sy" Janochoski – Obituary

Name: Sylvester G. "Sy" Janochoski

Age: 89

Born: 02-01-1932

Died: 04-15-2021

St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud

St Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud

Sylvester (Sy) George Janochoski, of St. Cloud, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 89 on April 15, 2021, from complications following a stroke. Mass of Christian burial will be held at the St. Cloud Cathedral of St. Mary (Upper Church) on Monday, April 19, 2021, at 11:30 a.m.  Reverend Scott Pogatchnik will officiate. Entombment will be at Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum in St. Cloud with full military honors.

Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are by Daniel Funeral Home (danielfuneralhome.com). The family requests that everyone attending the service practice Covid-19 safety protocols, including the wearing of masks and social distancing.

Sy was born on February 1, 1932 in St. Cloud, the son of George and Florence (Binczik) Janochoski. He graduated from Technical High School in 1950. Sy also served in the army and was a Korean War vet.

He married Corrine Henkemeyer on September 10, 1956 at St. Mary Help of Christian Church in St. Augusta, MN. They were blessed with three sons, Thomas, James, and Daniel. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren who brought him great joy and happiness.

Sy began work at the car shops at Great Northern Railroad, and then was employed by Sporleder’s Plumbing & Heating. Thereafter, he went into co-owning Sy-Ray Plumbing & Heating in 1962. They eventually owned Granite City Heating and Westside Plumbing & Heating. He retired from business in 1995. In retirement he kept busy building a commercial real estate business, Sy & Sons, Inc., with his three sons.

Sy was very active in the St. Cloud community serving as a member on numerous boards, including the St. Cloud Hospital, Chamber of Commerce, Diocese of St. Cloud, St. Benedict’s Center, Knights of Columbus, Sierra Club, Eagle’s Club, a lifetime member and past president of the St. Cloud Lion’s Club and a lifetime member of the St. Cloud VFW Granite Post #428.

He thoroughly enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with his sons and grandchildren, as well as golfing and traveling the world with friends. Sy and Corrine were lifelong members of Cathedral of St. Mary.

Survivors include his wife Corrine, of St. Cloud; sons Thomas (Mona) of Lake Elmo; James (Joyce Mrosla) of Sartell; Daniel (LeAnn) of Brainerd; grandchildren Joseph (fiancé Lauren Curtright) of Apple Valley; Alex (Emily) of Hugo; Ella of Lake Elmo; Nathan of Devils Lake, ND; and Evan (Ashley) of Grand Forks, ND; sisters-in-law Rachel T. Pennig of Bloomington; and Cheri Rynerson Janochoski of Surprise, AZ; brother-in-law Alvin Carlson of Sauk Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Harriet Schlichting, Verna Schultz, Wanda Kucala, and Lorraine Carlson; and brothers Al Janohosky and Larry Janochoski.

The family wishes to express a sincere and special thank you to Sy’s caregivers, Tom, Mary and Karen, and to CentraCare Hospice for their attentive and compassionate care.

Memorials preferred to Poor Clares Monastery of Sauk Rapids, St. Benedict’s Monastery of St. Joseph and Cathedral of St. Mary of St. Cloud.


Guestbook for Sylvester G. "Sy" Janochoski

Sister Colleen Haggerty, OSB
, Friend for many years
April 18, 2021, 8:01 pm
Dear Corrine, Tom/Mona, Jim/Joyce and Dan/LeAnn - PRAYERS/ LOVE - I speak first of all for the Sisters of St.. Benedict - we would be there for YOU- at the funeral if we were able to leave our COVID CLOISTER! We will do a visit when it is open for us to come. You have been so good to our community - gifts, flowers for major feastdays and sponsoring the publication of our Federation History in 1997. Your many visits as Mr. and Mrs. Claus made our holidays special. I cannot list all the support, care and insights that Sy gave us in our many construction projects especially the 1980-83 Renovation and Additions to our Chapel project. Sy was our "resident Theologian/ Plumber" specializing in Holy Water Fonts!! He will be around often and we will welcome his good spirit among us. May your journey without his visible presence be a time in your life to celebrate the goodness of our POLISH PLUMBER! Prayers... Sister Colleen and Sisters all.
Rick Schroeder
, Friend
April 17, 2021, 3:14 pm
Sy impressed me with his open heart and philanthropy, donating to the church and the hospital and any charity that touched him. He opened his heart and arms to me when I met his son, Tom, with whom I played dance band music for many years. Sy was a go-getter, and never let the the grass grow under his feet. He made a home, provided for a family, contributed to his community, and didn't brag or boast about it. He let his actions speak for themselves. Sy volunteered to help me move a piano between two cities long ago. During the ride in the truck, his got quiet and thoughtful, looking out the window, as if he'd stepped off into another time, and he told this story: (He said) I was a Company Clerk in the Korean War. You know, like Radar O'Reilly on that M.A.S.H. TV show. Our M.A.S.H. unit was up on the bleeding edge of the front lines, and ended up with some soldiers hurt too bad for us to handle. We requested a chopper to fly them out to Seoul, and I went along to assist. The chopper was big enough to handle some corpsmen, the wounded, and me. We were halfway to Seoul when the pilot warned us we were in trouble: two Soviet MIGs were inbound on us, and it was going to get rough. He didn't know if we'd make it out of there, but he'd called for help from Navy jets, and they were ten minutes out. But the MIGs were already there. (Sy said) The MIGs lined up and came at them with machine guns firing. The chopper pilot cut the lift and dropped the helicopter down below them. Sy said it felt like riding in an elevators when the cables had been cut. The bullets missed, passing right where the chopper had been. The pilot radioed for an update on reinforcements, and the Navy jets said they could see the chopper on radar. They were nearly there. The MIGs turned around and headed back, lining up the chopper in their sights again, and let fire. The pilot dropped again, right down to tree-top level this time, and the bullets missed again. As the MIGs came around for the third time, Sy said he knew the chopper pilot had nowhere left to go. That's when the U.S. Navy fighters showed up and engaged. Sy watched them from the chopper as they began dog fighting. One MIG quickly went up in smoke and flames and the other on turned north. The Navy pilots gave chase and shot that one down together. Sy kept staring out our truck's window, and said he'd never told anyone that before. The rest of us sat in stunned quiet. I was used to Sy being loud, laughing, engaging, and always larger than life. And now I saw him remembering a past with a haunting look in his eye. But soon he brightened and started telling jokes, and the drive became a short one. Always one to buy someone a drink, always ready to buy pull tabs for the ladies at his table. Sy was one in six billion. And I am glad to have known him. And glad to have known his family, who followed his example and made a stranger welcome in their home.
Cheri Rynerson
, sister-in-law
April 17, 2021, 3:30 am
I am so very sad that we all have lost wonderful Sy. He was such a kind and generous soul with a great sense of humor. Special condolences to Corrine and sons, daughters-in-law and all the grandkids. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant you peace and comfort at this very sad time.

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