William A. “Bill” Januszewski
May 19, 1936
May 27, 2018
William A. “Bill” Januszewski was born May 19, 1936 in Washington County just outside Brenham and died May 27, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.
Visitation will be Friday, June 1st from 5-7 p.m. and vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Rosary will be recited Saturday, June 2nd at 1:15 p.m. with Mass of Christian Burial being held at 2 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bear Januszewski, Chris Cangelosi, Edward Krenek, Johnnie Krenek, Scott Bulkley, and Tim Hammer. Honorary pallbearers will be his brothers John Januszewski and Ray Januszewski.
Over his 82 years he lived a full and exciting life. He often stated, right up to his final week of life, that he wouldn’t change the way he lived and the experiences he had. A father of three children and six grandchildren, he loved spending time with his family and was surrounded by them when he went home peacefully to be with his savior Jesus Christ.
Bill was the fifth of seven children born to Joseph and Mary (Cendalski) Januszewski. He left Brenham in 1954 when he enlisted in the US Army. He retired in 1984 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He served many years in the European theater including Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain, with temporary assignments throughout several Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War years. He was fluent in German and Polish and many of his military assignments were predicated upon his knowledge of the local languages. He was trained as a Military Intelligence Counter-Intelligence agent at Ft. Holabird, MD, completing his studies in 1967. Most of his work in Europe entailed investigating CI operations and activities, including several high-profile hostile agents.
In 1967-1968 he served in Vietnam with the 219th MI detachment. He was wounded during the TET Offensive in 1968, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. His additional military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and numerous service and campaign decorations.
While on active duty, he was granted a leave of absence to attend Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1972. After retiring from military service Bill enrolled at Utah State, where he received a Master’s in HR Administration in 1989.
In June, 1981, Bill successfully completed a 3 ½ year program in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah, and was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. He performed Deacon services in his local parish in Tooele, Utah, where he lived for 12 years, before returning to Brenham permanently in 1989. He began his full-time Deaconate ministry with his home parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in 1990, and served there faithfully for more than 25 years.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother Stanley, and sisters Janie Gorzycki and Stella Kubitza. He is survived by: brothers, John and Ray Januszewski; sister, Monica Krenek; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Edward and Ashley (Allcorn) Januszewski of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline Michelle and Scott Bulkley of Houston, and daughter and son-in-law Suzanne Marie and Tim Hammer of Dallas; grandchildren, Bear, Fleet, August, Winnie Penny, and Oliver Januszewski, and Hannah Hammer.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.