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V. ‘Himmie’ Jaunich, 94

Vincent “Himmie” Jaunich, age 94, of Delano, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Delano.

He was born Jan. 3, 1917, to Urban and Catherine (Krajisky) Jaunich in Delano.

Himmie was a life-long resident of Delano, except for while serving in the military during World War II. He was inducted into the US Army in May of 1941, and served in the 159th infantry. When he was inducted into the Army, he said, “It was supposed to be for one year of compulsive training.” He rose to the rank of staff sergeant, served in the Aleutian Islands, and was discharged four and one-half years later, in October 1945.

Himmie began working for the Delano Granite Works in 1937, and was a 40-year employee in the design and lettering department.

He was a serious gardener and liked to share the harvest with neighbors and friends. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and all of nature, but his life-long favorite pastime was hunting for the elusive morel mushroom.

Himmie was preceded in death by his sister, Monica Welker less than one week ago.

He is survived by his siblings, Raphael Jaunich and Rosanne (Donald “Tutor”) Eppel.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano, with visitation for one hour prior to the services in the church. The Rev. Frank Wampach celebrated the Mass, with interment in the St. Joseph cemetery in Delano.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.