John P. Janulewicz 72 of Loup City, NE died Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Grand Island Lakeview Care & Rehabilitation Center in Grand Island, NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2022 at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. Father Richard Piontkowski will Celebrate the Mass. To honor John’s memory, the family has requested casual attire be worn to the service. Burial will be held at a later date at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City, NE. Memorials are suggested to Bowman Lake, St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church or Loup City Fire and Rescue. The service will be livestreamed on the Higgins Funeral Home Facebook page. The direct link is http://facebook.com/Higgins-Funeral-Home-111005270563508.
John Paul Janulewicz was born at Loup City, NE to John R. and Lucille (Kuhl) Janulewicz. He was raised in Grand Island, NE graduating from Grand Island Senior High in 1969. He attended Hasting Technical College majoring in diesel mechanics. John was united in marriage to Lucinda (Cindy) Smith on June 16, 1973 in Loup City at the Presbyterian Church by a Methodist minister and Catholic Priest. John was extremely creative with his hands. He loved designing and building a variety of projects. He held a patent for a jack adapter. He worked for a Ford dealership in Loup City for 20 years. He then opened his own boat repair shop for 22 years doing everything from engine repair to fiber glass repair.
John experienced life through his many hobbies. He had a drag car reaching 11.3 seconds in the quarter mile. He built a mini puller tractor. He loved sailing, especially the 4 days trips he and Cindy took to South Dakota. He enjoyed ice fishing, archery and ham radios. Camping was also a favorite. Dutch oven cooking was an obsession, making stews, pies and cobblers. He loved to smoke meats. He built a smoker in which he could cook 15 turkeys at once.
In his younger days he was a part-time police officer, fire fighter and EMT. He was currently a member of the Sons of American Legion and St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church.
John is survived by his wife, Cindy of Loup City, NE; children, Seann (Marc) Julian of Grand Island, NE; Devon Janulewicz of Cheyenne, WY; Darnell (Heather) Janulewicz of Loup City; grandchildren, Ariana, Hannah and Jaclyn Julian, Claire (Chris) Guinzy and Cannon Osentowski; brother, Jerry (Becky) Janulewicz of Grand Island; sister-in-law, Roberta (Al) Doeden; brothers-in-law, Gary (Judy) Smith of Lincoln, NE; Donald (Nancy) Smith of Loup City; Don Rezek of Phoenix, AZ and several nieces and nephews.
John is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Roseann Pielstick; father and mother-in-law, Albert and Blanche Smith and sister-in-law, Alberta (Smith) Rezek.