Edward W. “Sonny” Jankowski passed away Wednesday (May 15, 2019) surrounded by family.
He was born July 16, 1942, to Bruno and Helen Jankowski, and is survived by his brother, (the Rev.) Daniel; and sister, Marianne. Raised in Chicago, he attended Quigley Preparatory High School, continuing his seminary education through ordination to the diaconate. Deeply religious in his faith and convictions, he was a daily communicant at Mass until he was physically unable to attend.
His career journey started in LaCrosse, Wis., working for an accounting firm, and ended in Bourbonnais as a car salesman. He endeared himself to the staff, as well as the customers. In retirement, he worked at Wesley Methodist Church. Throughout his life he dedicated his time to various parishes and nonprofits, devoting much time to Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home.
Being an avid sports enthusiast and a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, nothing pleased him more than having the North Siders end their 108-year drought in 2016. He frequently tested his skill at Arlington International Racecourse, as well as Las Vegas casinos. Having “Say Sonny” — a thoroughbred named in his honor by the horse’s owner, his cousin, Christine — was perhaps the pinnacle of his horse racing avocation. It was said that he was the owner’s lucky charm. As Proverbs states, “A faithful man will abound with blessings. ...”
Family and friends treasured above all his humility, kindness and generosity demonstrated throughout his life. He loved people, and people loved him. To be sure, his sunny disposition remains alive in all those who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Clancy Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Maternity BVM Catholic Church, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or Wesley United Methodist Church, Bradley.
Please sign his online guestbook at clancygernon.com.