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Jerome “Jerry” Janousek, of Mora, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  He was 61 years old.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date

Jerome “Jerry” Harold Janousek, of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on May 11, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 61 years old.

Jerry was born on January 8, 1959 at the Kanabec Hospital in Mora, MN to Harold and Eileen (Barnhart) Janousek. He attended the Warman Country School for 2 years, then went on to attend Mora Public Schools where he graduated in 1977. He enjoyed playing the drums in band, participating in track and field, and playing on the football team. He attended Anoka Ramsey College on a football scholarship, majoring in Psychology.

Jerry worked as an owner-operator for the Xerox Corporation, living in St. Paul for most of his adult life. He loved to read and had a large collection of books. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent two summers at the Yes Bay Lodge in Alaska working as a deck hand on charter boats. He also enjoyed watching professional sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings and Twins.

His passion in life was music. He played with numerous bands as a drummer ever since high school. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica and liked to try new instruments.

Jerry was very important to so many people. He loved spoiling his nieces and nephews at Christmas with loads of presents and providing huge 4th of July fireworks displays for family and friends. He was always full of jokes and laughter, entertaining everyone wherever he went.

Jerry touched so many lives during his life and seemed to know everyone wherever he traveled. He was a wonderful son, grandson, brother, uncle, great-uncle, nephew, and friend. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

Jerry is preceded in death by his grandparents, mother Eileen, infant sister Virginia, uncle John Janousek, aunts, Margaret Wible and Pat Janousek, cousins, Diane and Carol Janousek.

He is survived by his father Harold “Harry”; siblings, Tom (Robin), Debbie, Loretta, David (Sherry), and Paula; uncles and aunts, Rodney (Rita) Barnhart, Joe (Nora) Janousek, Martin (Alma) Janousek, Bill (Alice) Janousek, Rose (Rick) Mendlik, and Al (Joanie) Janousek; many nieces, nephews and their families, and countless other relatives and friends.


38 thoughts on “JEROME “JERRY” JANOUSEK”

  1. Saddened by this news. I will always remember the gentle giant who played football with such passion back in the day .
    My condolences.
    Coach Franko

  2. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Jerry.. He was the drummer in my Mom’s band for some time and it brings back lots of good memories. May he Rest In Peace! Prayers to the family!
    Sincerely, Wendy Lund

  3. Dear family, so sad , so sorry. I got visit with Jerry quite often @ Arthur Recycling. Jerry was a super guy – You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

  4. Jerry was a Super~Duper~Gentle man who we shall forever Love. He Gave more than any other I know. He truly was so nice to me……even though he didn’t know me. See you soon Jerry~

  5. Sadden by the news. I coached him in 7th grade football and it was a pleasure. He was a real nice young man back then and all the way through high school as well.
    Coach Sandy

  6. We are so sorry to hear this. Jerry drummed for us many times years ago. He was a great guy! Our condolences to family and friends.

  7. The world lost a good man this week. Just about every thought, memory or story about Jano brings a smile to my soul. I’ll miss my friend.

  8. So sorry that Jano did not make it through the battle. The “gentle giant #54” was a worker and such a valued member of a great Mustang team. Condolences to his family and many friends.
    Coach Kaddatz

  9. Always liked talking to Jerry he was funny , sweet and Joe & I loved him he suffered much so rest well nephew

  10. I was sad to hear Jerry lost his battle to illness. I first met him when he was in 6th grade and enjoyed him so much. We remained friends for life. I called him the gentle giant. Sure going to miss our times to talk and catch up with each other. Blessing to all his family.

  11. I was also part of the Class of 77. Jerry and I drummed together and played football as part of an outstanding group of guys! He had a presence you just couldn’t miss. He just made you smile! Rest In Peace, Jano!! We loved you, Brother!!

  12. I am oh so sorry for your loss. I only met Jerry a couple of times and know that he was very loved. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Janousek family. I worked with Eileen for many years and loved her dearly. May you let the Lord wrap you in His comfort and love now and always.

  13. Jano set the “bar” high with his happy spirited attitude. Always friendly to chat with.

    Saddened by His passing.

  14. Sorry to hear about Jano. He was always a great neighbor and friend growing up. What a great drummer also. I had the chance to see him a few years back and was fun to talk about our memories growing up. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  15. Saddened to hear that Jano lost his battle. My fondest memories are from when I was a child watching him play drums in my grandpa Ozzie Telanders garage with my Uncle Miles. He will surely be missed! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  16. Dawn and I are so sorry to hear this. We have so many fond memories of Jerry when he played drums at my parents bar “Bud & Corky’s” back in the 70’s and 80’s and all the fun and laughter we had around the Knife Lake area. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  17. Harold, and family; your son was the rock for our class of 1977 at Mora high school. As others have said, he was the gentle giant. Will always cherish our senior football season but will always remember our track days in the spring too. You were lucky to have him for 61 years. Jano you are always in are hearts. Heaven received a great man.

  18. Friends for 50 years, football, music, breakfast at sportsman cafe at 3:30 am. There is not many things we didn’t do together.

    Love you BIG Man


  19. Dear Janousek Family,

    We are sad to hear the passing of Jerry. He was a very kind friend who we will always remember and cherish all the fond memories as far back as childhood. Sending our sympathy and prayers to all of you and your families during this difficult time.

    God Bless,
    Terry Anderson and family

  20. Going to miss that gentle giant he was such a great man love playing football with him talk to him he’s going to be missed condolences to the family see you on the other side bud

  21. I am so sad to hear that we’ve lost Jerry. He was a great guy. I was very lucky to have him as a friend most of my life. My thoughts with with all of you, his family.

    Love ya Jerry

  22. My sympathy to his family. He played in our band and was a truly great drummer no matter the style of music. He could make me laugh until my guts hurt and did so many times. He had more friends than anyone I’ve ever known. We loved him and he will be dearly missed.
    Soup and Jackie.

  23. I’m so sorry to hear this. I have many fond memories of jam sessions over at his house on Franklin. We hadn’t been in contact much over the last few years, but whenever we saw each other, it was like we’d seen each other yesterday. A truly wonderful person.

    My condolences to the family.

  24. Good-bye my dear old friend. Jerry started his “rigging” days with me and since the day I met him he has had a permanent place in my heart. Jerry touched my life and my soul at a time when that was what I needed. Jerry was so unselfish, caring and giving to a fault that I was overwhelmed in his presence sometimes. He showed me how easy it was to laugh until you cry! I miss you Big Man. Mr.(Rigger) Bill Smith

  25. Jano my big friend you will be missed! One of the first guys I met in my travels to MN that gave me so many laughs. You my friend were unique lol ! Thank you for your friendship and I will see you again.

  26. When I heard about Jerry’s passing my heart broke a little. Jerry touched my life as he did so many others he was a very special soul. I felt lucky to have known him.

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