Harry Edward Janky

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Harry Edward Janky, a resident of Holiday Island, died Feb. 28 after a sudden illness.  He was born in Corning, Iowa on Sept. 21, 1936, a son of Mima and Rev. Edward Janky.

He is survived by his wife Kay of Holiday Island; son Steve Janky and his wife Allison, of Eagan, Minn.;  daughter Sarah Kisti Stowell and her husband Dr. Jim Stowell of Lakeville, Minn.; grandchildren, Ally, Jonathan, Jacob, Stowell and Ella and Thomas Janky; and sisters, Betty Shepherd and Donna Janky of Baton Rouge, La.

He was a graduate of the University of Dubuque, Iowa, the Minneapolis General Hospital School of Nursing and the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia. He was chief nurse anesthetist at Divine Redeemer Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., and later operated the Janky Anesthesia Service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and rural Minnesota predominantly before retiring to Holiday Island.

He was active in many local, state and national nursing and anesthesia organizations and boards. He served as president of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He lived in Faribault, Minn. for 32 years with his family and was active in Jaycees, Congregational Church, Explorer Scouts as medical advisor and PTA as co-president. He was also a cardio-pulmonary instructor.  He was a long time member of the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault from its beginning.

In Holiday Island he was a Hospice volunteer, a member of the Homeowners Association, a Neighborhood Watch Captain, a member of the Eureka Springs Area Dinner Club and he served on the Holiday Island Van steering committee and volunteered as a van driver. He had an unconditional love for his wife, children and grandchildren that will never be forgotten.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Janky home from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Memorials may be sent to the charity of choice or to the Janky Foundation in care of Arvest Bank. The foundation provides scholarships to nursing and anesthesia students. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <nelsonfuneral.com>.