|Sylvester Johanneck, 92|
|Written by TRF Times|
Red Lake Falls - Sylvester Johanneck, 92, died on Friday, June 3, 2005 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Red Lake Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, June 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, with Father Tim Bushy presiding. Casket bearers included Duane Marcotte, Greg Johanneck, Mark Hagl, Dan Johanneck, Luke Johanneck, Erika Johanneck, Timothy Hagl and Don Johanneck. Interment was held at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls.
Sylvester, the sixth of eleven children, was born in his family’s home to the late John and Elizabeth (Zins) Johanneck in Red Lake Falls. He attended the Busy Bee country school north of Red Lake Falls in Red Lake Falls township.
Sylvester worked at a number of jobs throughout his lifetime. In addition to helping his parents on their family farm, he also worked for area farmers. He later worked various construction jobs in the Red Lake Falls area including the building of Hwy 32. He lived and worked for a short time in Wisconsin when his family moved there during the depression years and later lived in California where he worked as a taxi cab driver in Long Beach.
In the spring of 1942, during World War II, he joined the military and served in the Pacific Theatre. As a top turret gunner on a B-25 airplane, he flew 53 missions as part of a bomber squadron based on the Gilbert Islands. After Sylvester’s return from the war early in 1946, he purchased a farm north of Red Lake Falls in Browns Creek township where he lived with his sister Evelyn. Together they farmed and cared for their parents until their parents eventual move to nursing homes. Sylvester raised dairy cows, chickens, hogs and small grains on his farm, together with a few nephews who helped with the summer farm work.
In 1976, Sylvester retired from farming and he and Evelyn moved to a new home in Gervais township. He lived there until May of 2004 when he moved to Sunview Center in Red Lake Falls and then to Hillcrest Nursing Home in May of 2005, where he resided until his death.
Sylvester was a member of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Church in Red Lake Falls, and the National Farmers Organization. Sylvester will be remembered for his interest in the well being of the family farm and his pride in all he did during his years of service in the army airforce corp.
Sylvester is survived by his sisters, Evelyn Johanneck and Frances Marcotte, Red Lake Falls, brother John (Bernice) Johanneck, Crivitz, Wis.; brother in law John Boughton, Sequim, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward, Raymond and Clem; sisters, Gertrude (Schaefer) Molitor, Eleanor (Dufault) McBride, Agnes Fecteau and Leona Boughton.