He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was the honored recipient of the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Phillipine Liberation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Phillipine Presidential Unit Citation. Steve was in the first graduating class of Rockford High School Adult Ed in 1969. For 40 years he worked for Consumers Power Company as the sub station operator (area operator), retiring in 1986. Steve was proud to be a life member of the 32nd Infantry Div., Company K of the Red Arrow serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was also a member of the Grand Rapids Red Arrow Club, Ushers Club at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Council Knights of Columbus, Grand Rapids Concertina Club, and volunteered for the Food Commodities.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Barszewski) whom he married on May 29, 1948. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Stephen J. May. Also, he is survived by his children, Karen and Art Swartz, Patricia Hogberg and Dick Wiebe, Barbara and Mark Jackson, Mary and Robert Wismer, Gerilyn and Jamie May, Julie and Jeff Forbes, Stephanie and Stuart Cohen; proud “Dziadzi” of his grandchildren: Kara and Jason Schab and their children, Nathan and Addie, Michael Swartz and his daughter, Hayden Marie, Trapper Hogberg (fiancée Kim), Will Wismer (fiancée Jenna), Brett May, Stephen May, Dylan Wiebe, Layne Wiebe, Lindsay Cohen, and Adrienne Cohen.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Janicki will be offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Ave. , Belmont , with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Assumption Cemetery . The Rosary will be prayed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Carmelite Sisters, 4300 Mt. Carmel Dr ., NE , Ada , MI 49301 or the Consolata Sisters, 6801 Belmont Ave. , NE, PO Box 371 , Belmont , MI 49306 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. and prior to the Mass at the church.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford